Social Infrastructure

http://www.npr.org/2013/01/03/168509385/neighborhood-connections-key-to-surving-a-crisis
We value self-sufficiency, but community is also important. It’s one of the things I value about the small house movement: although we tend to be very self-sufficient, we have also tend to be more socially connected to those around us.

People have worried about small house safety. However, several small houses in community could actually be safer because people know each other. According to the link above, social infrastructure is at least as important as physical infrastructure in natural disasters and during climate change. How important? In two very similar communities in a 1995 Chicago heat wave, in the community where no one knew anyone, 33 people in every 100,000 died. In the neighboring community, with it’s coffee shops, laundromats and shops, only THREE people in every 100,000 died. Following those communities for the next years, researchers have discovered that the people in the second neighborhood, all things else similar, also tended to live five years longer than those in the first neighborhood.

How important is community to you? Will a small house help grow that community?

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About thrugracealone

I'm a country girl raised city. I prefer open windows to AC, love a good thunderstorm, and enjoy hearing the owls and seeing lightning bugs. A bit old-fashioned, maybe, I can recognize many trees by name, resent elms and weeds, wish for a large garden and canning skills, and hope someday to downsize and get a few acres in the country. I am blessed with a terrific church, a good job, a sturdy house, two cats and a yard full of strawberries and mulberries in the right season. Some of my other favorite things to do are spoiling nieces and nephews, reading, swimming, biking, long walks, and blogging, of course. One of my favorite stories is creation. My abbreviated version goes like this: 1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2Now the earth wasa formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters... And God moved... And God said... And it was very good. If God can speak to darkness, to an earth without form and void, and make something like this that we see everyday, and make it very good (and it was even better before the Fall!), He will surely make something wonderful out of the dark, void situations I sometimes find myself in. He has, and it's been very good. Two top posts: Can a Person Lose their Salvation? http://wp.me/p1CY5z-1R Baptism! http://wp.me/s1CY5z-baptism

Posted on January 4, 2013, in Living large... small. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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