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Thursday, July 13, 2021

I’ve already mentioned how modern-day adulthood involves clinging to youthful habits.

So the notion of young adults graduating from college and moving into urban dormitory-style urban housing should come as no surprise. Rather, it’s a visible expression of a trend.

There is nothing new about having roommates in New York City. What Ms. Falcon has invented is a full-service dorm, full of strangers she has brought together to share big apartments as a way to keep housing costs down. Her approach is a homegrown response to the soaring rents bedeviling desirable cities like New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Ms. Falcon, an informal agent for the building’s owner, says she has placed nearly 150 young people there and in two other buildings in the neighborhood in recent years. A gregarious Californian with rainbow-colored braids, she pieces together roommate groups like puzzles. Each tenant ends up paying $700 to $1,200 a month.

No word on if monthly keggers are covered by the rent.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 07/13/2006 11:56:48 PM
Category: Society, New Yorkin'
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  1. What we think of as childhood and adolescence has been steadily increasing for centuries as our lifespans and health increase. The boomer generation is far more active in their sixties than their parents used to be, which means they’re holding onto jobs longer and it becomes more difficult for younger people to advance.

    Since the 1800s, we’ve had cultural changes that have also protected and protracted childhood. Anti child-labor laws kept kids out of the workforce. The more recent high school education requirements delays adolscents making any meaningful contribution, and now four years of college have been added onto that.

    Economic necessity has many college graduates moving back home after graduation, where they may find it difficult to build an adult identity — and as a result, people don’t gain economic independence until age 25 or so. Marriage gets put off, children get put off, and adolescence gets extended by another eight years.

    Comment by Thud — 07/14/2006 @ 05:27:34 AM

  2. Yeah, extended lifespan has as much to do with it as anything else. But I still don’t think that’s going to substantially redefine the social concept of “young”. It’s still more about a state of body than a state of mind.

    In fact, as people live longer lives, that perception’s only going to get more acute. Consider that childhood and adolescence represent less and less of a percentage of one’s lifetime. In the past, when you died around 60, a third of your life was considered your “youth”. Today, with life expectancy closer to 80, it’s a quarter of your life, maybe less. It’s a smaller part of the life-experience pie, and considered rarer. Thus it’s cherished more, especially in hindsight, because it (seems) more fleeting.

    Such a shift isn’t restricted to just your early years, of course. For a while now, the concept of “middle age” has been migrating from mid-30s to mid-40s, with a corresponding reassessment of who that group is. The emergence of a “quarter life crisis” is in that mix as well.

    Comment by CT — 07/14/2006 @ 09:59:56 AM

  3. PROFESSIONAL POST-COLLEGIATE URBAN DORMS…

    Don’t look now, but a pocket of the East Side is turning into a veritable guild-based village for young professionals:
    As Ariel explained to me, his [financial services] firm had negotiated a deal with the building’s real estate agents, and eve…

    Trackback by Population Statistic — 02/03/2021 @ 04:32:07 PM

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