Making It Home: In Depth We’ve Got Some Big Houses—That We Could Share Share Facebook Twitter Email Share Graphic by YES! Magazine We’ve Got Some Big Houses—That We Could Share Just 60 years ago, the average American had 291 square feet of living space. Now it’s close to 1,000 square feet. Have we changed our needs that much? Or just our wants? Summer 2012 Making It Home TABLE OF CONTENTS In Depth Real Homes: Small, Frugal, and Green Foreclosure Aftermath: What We Leave Behind Dear Bank of America, We’re Not Leaving Our Homes Cheaper Together: How Neighbors Invest in Community Life Is Easier With Friends Next Door How I Learned to Love My Hometown How I Found Bliss in a Creaky Old Rental Is Owning or Renting Better For You? We’ve Got Some Big Houses—That We Could Share Solutions We Love 6 Ideas for Sensible Homes How to Build Green on a Budget How to Save Bats in Your Own Backyard Culture Shift Same-Sex Marriage Brings Healing to Me—and My Tribe Why the Military Can’t Deny Climate Change Why you can trust us By Doug Pibel < 1 MIN READ May 24, 2012 Doug Pibel is a former attorney and former YES! editor.