|Re: sustainability||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: apguirard (apguirardmmm.com)|
|Date: Mon, 12 Jul 93 09:22 CDT|
Judy Baxter writes: > ... But I think it is less a question of interest than of feasibility - if > you aren't rural, the zoning codes are pretty restrictive... This is true, but on the other hand, cohousing communities aren't located randomly; their members choose where they want to build them. Groups that place a higher emphasis on sustainable development / agriculture will tend to locate in rural areas, whereas those who value urban amenities more are likely to locate in (or on the fringes of) a city. I guess what I'm saying is that I feel that this choice results in two very different kinds of communities. The sustainable development groups must require a lot more work of their members simply because there's so much more to do. Organic farming is a pretty labor-intense activity. If you have composting toilets, someone must periodically remove the, er, product. In the city you just flush and it's gone. I'm thinking that the organization would have to be different. For instance, if someone isn't doing their share of the work, in a rural setting it's a much more serious problem. I would think the rules would have to be more strict or more seriously enforced. Also, since there are fewer other people around, I'm thinking that a rural community would tend to be more insular. Many members might rarely see anyone outside the community. Because of long commute times, the community would tend to attract more people who can work from their homes, or who view agriculture etc. as their only work. If you're self-sustaining or nearly so, there's much less motivation to have any interaction with the outside world. See what I mean?
sustainability Judy, July 12 1993
- Re: sustainability apguirard, July 12 1993
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