A 60's solution to the financial crisis

While many Americans have rolled along spending more than we earn and buying more than we produce, a movement that has its roots in the 60's could become the direction of the future. Almost half a century ago, we called it communal living. Today, the term is co-housing or intentional community.

How far will Americans go in changing our lifestyles? The answer may depend on whether gas stays at $4.00 - or climbs much higher.

Cohousing has huge potential to reduce the cost of living. At the same time, it can alleviate the loneliness that plagues so many Americans. Encompassing ecovillages, some of these groups are miles ahead of the rest of us in green living, according toCommunities Magazine.