A trend that might be food for thought for some in the disability community
For the eight years that she was based in Chicago, Katie Kirby happily lived by herself. When she moved to Manhattan three years ago, there didn't seem to be any reason for a different domestic arrangement, and she contentedly signed on for a one-bedroom on the Upper West Side.
Even so, this past May, she moved to a two-bedroom in North Williamsburg, Brooklyn, with a friend, Jennifer Keene, 40, who works in sports marketing and who had also been living alone.
It's true that money played a role in the decision .... "But the larger reason is that New York can be kind of a lonely place," she said
"It's easy to get settled in one neighborhood or niche and to become less social. There are things you intend to do but talk yourself out of when you live alone. Having a roommate gets me out," added Ms. Kirby, whose social circle has expanded to include Ms. Keene's friends and colleagues. "And it's nice and surprisingly comforting to have someone there when you get home from a business trip."
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