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|From: Judy (BAXTER%EPIVAXvx.cis.umn.edu)|
|Date: Fri, 17 Sep 93 16:40 CDT|
Daniel Reitman writes: What strikes me as the problem with cohousing -- and a large section of the modern co-op movement -- is that we've lost sight of the social remedy aspect of the movement. By planning cohousing from the ground up, there's an inherent expense that may restrict membership to those who already can afford a middle class lifestyle. I think we need to reconsider the self-help aspects of Rochdale as at least part of where we want to take the movement. It's already problematic enough that the word "co-op" in some cities is usually prefixed with "luxury", when we should, in my opinion, see more affordable co-ops. ========================================================================= As one who has been working on this and thinking about it for 3 1/2 years, now, I both agree and disagree. Getting a cohousing community off the ground is tough - one week before our project rose from the ashes of losing the property (we moved in two months later!!) I was guessing it would take another 3-5 years to get into coHousing. We were LUCKY! And it takes a huge amount of time and commitment from people. Lots of folks, both middle and lower income, blanch when they hear about the meetings. So, that is a big restriction. And the costs of construction or rehab are high (any comments from our Twin Cities groups?) What i see is that most of the people who are attracted to Cohousing, here, are somewhat alternative in their approach to life and income, and don't have a lot of money. Middle class, maybe, but not much $. Some, of course, have more than others. Yes, there is the Habitat project in Calcifornia, and a one in Sacramento with more affordable units. It will come. I think Chuck Durrett was right when I heard him say, 3 years ago, that the key is to get some cohousing communities built and going and that that will help get funding to make them more available to more folks. He was arguing against more housing experiments on low - income folks. I think we are seeing the beginnings of affordable cohousing now. I don't know a lot about Rochdale and its self-help aspects, but I am very reluctant to add anything more to the task of developing cohousing. I think the more you try to do, the more people will get burned out along the way. But I'd sure be interested to watch. Judy Baxter, Monterey Cohousing Community, Twin Cities Area, Mpls/St.Paul MN (Mococo) baxter%epivax [at] vx.acs.umn.edu Twin Cities CoHousing Network Voice Mail 930-7580
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