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Big Change in Houses by Year 2000 (1972)

The May 4, 1972 Oshkosh Daily Northwestern (Oshkosh, WI) predicted that by the year 2000 the "long-haired culture" would dramatically influence mainstream Americans through the normalization of communal living. Some of the article's predictions are bullet-pointed below. You can read the article in its entirety here.

  • Commune nurseries will be built where each of the adults, male and female, will work with all of the commune children one day a week.
  • The kitchen will be large to accommodate large numbers in meal preparation and cleanup. The dining room, furnished with picnic-type tables and benches, will have few decorations.
  • Ecology and "current youth values" which de-emphasize material goods will mean homes are sparsely furnished.
  • Showers will replace bathtubs to better conserve water.
  • Computer-programmed delivery of goods will decrease dependence on the family car.
  • The "self-sufficient home" will have its own power source, with all waste being recycled into usable food and household objects.


1972 May 4 Oshkosh Daily Northwestern - Oshkosh WI paleofuture

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1 out of 6 ain't... great.

I wonder whatever happened to that reckless teen Dorna, cited for "failure to yield" in an adjacent article.

February 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWutzke

Love this article. It really shows how our vision of the future is shaped by our view of the present day.

February 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKevin Boon

I think this article strikes a tone of resentment against the perks of having an income. What the writers seem to dismiss as a fad was that the upper middle class had the wealth and mobility to choose not to live the communal lifestyle. I can forgive them for not foreseeing that, given enough credit to hang themselves, people would buy giant homes for their individual families, but most communal living around the world isn't because the locals think it's the cool, eco-friendly, thing to do. That fact wasn't different back in 2002, 1972 or 1872.

Not captured in the bullet points: "One large room for meetings, recreation, GROUP THERAPY..." Sounds like even in the future, hippies were expected to be miserable. Well, I suppose that was another accurate prediction, along with the showers to conserve water (although I'd make the argument, for the working class, it's just as much to save time).

February 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRyan

I am supporting you that in very short time appearance or say design of the house have been changed totally.

May 31, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteranthony morrison

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