|Re: Urban cohousing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Laura Bagnall (Laura_Bagnallterc.edu)|
|Date: 22 Feb 1994 16:57:49 -0500|
Reply to: RE>Urban cohousing Well, the NWIS (NorthWest Inner Suburban) CoHousing group (a temporary name until we agree on a better one), located in Arlington, MA, is considering something similar. Arlington is a suburb just north of Boston, but it is densely populated enough that there is no free land available for building. We are looking at a site consisting of a number of duplexes owned by a single developer, which we are proposing to buy and convert into a cohousing site by converting one building (currently containing two living units) into the common house, and renovating and expanding the remaining units. The thing that I really like about Arlington is that it is just close enough to the city that you can get there quickly on the bus, and there are lots of things in town that you can walk to, but you're just far enough out that there is a little more greenspace. I am also personally allergic to suburbs, and anyplace where you are forced to use a car to get anywhere. There is another community in Cambridge (just to the south of Arlington), which is more what you are talking about. I can't remember the name of it offhand, but it was an intentional community of perhaps a dozen families belonging to a church (or perhaps they were Quakers? I can't remember). It wasn't exactly cohousing though, since I don't think that they have a communal kitchen. They converted an apartment building, and have been in existence for 10-15 years. Does anybody else know what I'm talking about, who can give more details? -------------------------------------- Date: 2/22/94 2:13 PM To: Laura Bagnall From: cohousing-l [at] uci.com I've been lurking on this list for several months now. I have an interest in the ideas behind cohousing, but I'm concerned by what appears to be a trend among the cohousing projects described on this list. It seems that many of the cohousing projects I've seen described involve going out into ``undeveloped'' land in some suburban area and building new structures. Now I can understand the desire to build structures custom designed to your requirements, but it seems to me that this approach cuts out a lot of potential people. I for one have no desire to live in the suburbs, cohousing or not. I love the city and all that it offers. I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with taking over existing structures in the city and converting them for cohousing. [...] I'm curious if anyone knows of any projects like this. --DaveH internet: hurst [at] vistatech.com "Be excellent to each other!"
- Urban cohousing, (continued)
- Re: Urban cohousing apguirard, February 22 1994
- Re: Urban cohousing Martin Schafer, February 22 1994
- Re: Urban cohousing John Ladwig, February 22 1994
- Re: Urban cohousing BARANSKI, February 23 1994
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