Hipster heaven? Co-living is a symptom of housing hell

Hipster heaven? Co-living is a symptom of housing hell

No matter how you dress them up, developments like The Collective’s serve no one except the investors set to profit from the housing crisis

Last week I met The Collective. This was not, as the name might suggest, a 1980s electro-pop cover band nor a midwestern evangelical Trump-voting cult. It is a group of young hipsters looking to bring the co-living vision of their entrepreneur-messiah Reza Merchant to the streets of our capital.

At the request of Hanover Communications, who list former Progressive Democrats leader Mary Harney as a senior adviser, I met The Collective’s senior development manager and...

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