|Re: Limits to CoHousing -Reply||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (robsanmicrosoft.com)|
|Date: Tue, 26 Apr 94 10:35 CDT|
Steve Fogarty wrote: >The authors of the book that brought this living concept to >us all (CoHousing) state very clearly that the least successful >European CoHousing communities were those that bore an ideological >flag - "we are Green" or "we are Orange". As much as I admire both Katy and Chuck (The authors of the first Cohousing Book) I must point out that their book should not be taken as the gospel truth about cohousing in Denmark, or anywhere else. The book is an excellent introduction but has some definate bias' which framed their viewpoints. They openly admit that. I have had discussions with folks who have also visited cohousing (for longer than Katy and Chuck did) and also with folks who live and have lived in Danish Cohousing Communities and would say from those learnings that the book tells less than half the cohousing story. For example, the communities they picked to write about in the book were not a clear cross-section of all the different kinds. So don't let one example frame the truth. I saw a slide show from a couple who had spent three years touring and living in Danish Cohousing and they had a different viewpoint about ideology and cohousing. Who is right? They both probably are. Katy and Chuck don't define American cohousing, nor does their company, nor does any single cohousing group. Ten years from now, when there are say 40-50 cohousing groups up and running and we have some real examples and history to draw from, then, in my opinion at least, we can take a stab at defining American cohousing in a clear way. RIght now cohousing is too murky to clearly and truthfully say, what is right and what is not, what works and what does not. The experiment continues along many lines and whether ideological cohousing, or any cohousing works or not will be seen in the test of time.
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