|RE: Urban cohousing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (robsanmicrosoft.com)|
|Date: Mon, 21 Feb 94 23:51:25 PST|
Please pass this around. For reasons I don't understand yet, my mail can reply to individuals but I can't seem to get out to the mailing list on a regular basis. ---------- The best example of what you describe that I know of is an intentional community called Ganas in New York. It is described in the book called "Eco-Villages and Sustainable Communities" by the Gaia trust, sponsored and available from the Context Institute. They are a very urban cooperative and run a midsized business employing about 40 people if I remember right. They also have a school for community learning. One of the organizers/leaders of Ganas, Mildred Gordon has a pretty good article in the Spring/Summer 1993 issue of Communities magazine (Number 80/81). There is a group in Portland called Ongoing Concerns which bought several houses in an existing block and did some remodelling. One of the key things in discussion of this nature might be defining where the boundaries are between Cohousing and Cooperatives. Based on Charles Durret's definition of cohousing, many places that call themselves cohousing are really cooperatives, as they lack the element of a commons, which would apply to the Ongoing Concerns group.
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