|Re: A cohousing consultant and workshop||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Elise Matthesen (EMATTHESENMADMAX.MPR.ORG)|
|Date: Fri, 12 Nov 93 13:28 CST|
Perhaps I'm mistaken, but at least in the Scandianvian communities where the idea began, affordability *is* important. I can and do build community even in separated living situations; it would be even better to build to support rather than impede the sharing and flow that we desire. Cohousing should fit out lives, we believe; perhaps this is naivete. But since we don't buy cars we can't afford, or run up bills for fancy stuff to impress the neighbors, or take lovers whose approaches to ethics and the like would cost us too much in self-respect and other things, and since this works pretty well, I guess I don't see why cohousing should be where we make an exception. As always, there are different levels of commitment to *being* financially able to do it, but I've gotten turned off by a certain "smoothie" sort of approach. Looks alarming, sometimes. I'm all for clumping together with folks who want to move forward, but I don't think that "why should affordability be important?" bodes well for the other issues. I mean, will the word "accessibility" be substituted next? Is my friend who cannot climb those stairs expendable? I don't mean to dump a buncha negatives in here. I admit I'm a bit sad about some learning experiences (heh) around individual and group readiness to choose and decide and make things happen, and my partner and I and our housemate are currently investigating other possibilities. I welcome a hard-nosed practical approach; perhaps that comes from being raised in a blue-collar environment. End rant, and I hope I haven't grossly insulted anybody. I know that we've all got different priorities. It's just that this darned stubborn Danish-American believes that there's something in Scandinavian cohousing that we would do well to take a hard look at; I fear it makes us look, rather deservedly, at the weird ways Americans act around class and money issues, and wince.
- Re: A cohousing consultant and workshop, (continued)
- Re: A cohousing consultant and workshop BARANSKI, November 12 1993
- Re: A cohousing consultant and workshop Jim Ratliff, November 12 1993
- Re: A cohousing consultant and workshop Elise Matthesen, November 12 1993
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