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Jane Gross' fantasy of a community of her friends, all taking care of one another is not all that far fetched. There is a growing movement of communities, called co-housing communities, that strive to create socially and environmentally sustainable communities. The movement began in Denmark and is slowly expanding in the US. And though you do not necessarily choose your neighbors in a co-housing community (as you might in the type of community that Ms. Gross wishes for) co-housing neighbors hold similar values of community, caring, support,and aging in place. is a good place to begin to learn what co-housing is all about and to read about established and forming communities.