|RE: Why not?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Elise Matthesen (EMATTHESENMADMAX.MPR.ORG)|
|Date: Fri, 12 Nov 93 16:52 CST|
Ah, Jerry Callen's comment on wanting cohousing because it was a different type of community gets at an important piece of context for me, I think, and for many of us. I guess I'm looking at the affordability issues because I already *have* the luxury of a "different community" - several of them, in fact - that feel close and supportive and unlike the distancing commonly practiced and reflected in how single-family housing is usually built. These communities will be with me, I hope, even if and when I move into co-housing. I'll build new community with my cohouser heighbors, but it won't be "water in the desert". For some folks, the commitment to find this type of community or build it makes the "community" aspect of cohousing the major relevant piece, and affordability and other issues pale. For some others, priorities differ. Sure, I want the community and am willing to work to make it happen with the right people, but if I can't afford $175,000 for a cohousing unit, but *could* afford $80,000 for an old Victorian with some like-minded people (like the ones I've been living with for 5 years or so), I know what choice I'll make. On-site expertise already lives in my house; one member is a glass etcher/craftsman and in high demand by some of those $200,000+ sites, and there are other skills around and available. A big house might just be the scale we ought to work with, though I don't know if two households can be called "co-housing". But whatever works.......
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