|developers/costs/motivation||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Judy (BAXTER%55317VX.CIS.UMN.EDU)|
|Date: Mon, 15 Nov 93 14:10 CST|
This list is getting fascinating. It helps keep me awake at work, tho I have to discipline myself not to read stuff as it comes in. Who knows - if this keeps up, I may have to "set digest" (as you can guess, I would be working on a career change if I weren't so busy with coHousing). re: developers. Some very interesting points have been made. I noticed the other night that the last issue of CoHousing - the national newsletter, (summer, 93) has an article by Don Lindemann called " if we build it, will they come? Developer-Driven CoHousing. He goes through the experiences so far in several places - Muir Commons at Davis, Calif - Green Walk in Berkely - Eno Commons in North Carolina - and The Commons on the alameda Site in Sate Fe, New Mexico. The verdict isn't in, but it is very interesting reading. available from : The Cohousing Network, Rocky Mountain CoHousing Association 1705 14th Street #317 Boulder, CO 80302, $20 for a one year subscription, including, in some areas, an insert with more details for a region It really is good. re: costs. Seems to me that one of the problems is that the model we follow says that "intentional neighborhood design" is very important, and that means major new construction or remodeling, which means $$$. As one living in a cohousing community that will never have some of those elements, but will have some others, I have some concerns about how much difference that makes. We have been persuaded that in Minnesota climate people are unlikely to be willing to walk a long way from car to house, but we will have covered walkways from townhouses to apt-house and commons. We won't know the effects, till the town houses get built. On the other hand, my experience (8 households of a planned 24 are now in the "being-remodeled" commons building with apartments) says that common dinners are the glue that holds the community together, and it should certainly be better than my old neighborhood, where I knew 2/3 of the households on the block and socialized with several, but only a few times a year. You CAN build community in existing neighborhoods, IF that is what your neighbors are looking for. And thats what you get in cohousing. And then the question is how much that is worth to you. It's worth a LOT to me. Which brings up motivations. I think the dialog on why cohousing is not cheaper covered most of the essential points. The draw needs to be neighborhood/community/connections, not costs. At least until we get enough cohousing going to convince funders that this is workable and appealing to low income communities. The Natl newsletter reports on several cohousing communities that Are affordable - one in Pacific ,Calif that is teamed up with Habitat for Humanity, and one in Scramento, Calif, inner city. The challenge that I see with the latter is that mixed income is one of the common ideals in cohousing, and the bureaucracies aren't geared up for that, tho we did get some expressions of interests. judy Judy Baxter, Monterey Cohousing Community, Twin Cities Area, Mpls/St.Paul MN (Mococo) baxter%epivax [at] vx.cis.umn.edu Twin Cities CoHousing Network Voice Mail 612-930-7580 Voice Mail for Monterey Cohousing - 612-930-7554
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