|Re: COHOUSING for profit||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Gordon (weilepivax.epi.umn.edu)|
|Date: Wed, 25 May 94 16:41 CDT|
> >The kind of nightmare I envisage is a speculative developer builds a > >"cohousing" community, complete with common house, community kitchen, > >appropriately small houses. Maybe he even sets up bylaws dictating that > >the decision making procedure be by consensus. Everybody who buys a > >house in the development owns part of the CH. The developer advertises > >the wonders of cohousing in the local media and manages to sell all the > >lots to interested people who don't know each other. Everybody moves > >in. Someone please correct me if I am wrong, but I thought that the way the Davis, CA co-housing community came into being was something very similar to what Stuart describes. And wasn't Davis one of the very first co-housing communities in the US? Let's face it, the good side of profit is that it gets things done. Somehow I have to believe that a community that builds itself has a healthier start, but I am not sure that we need to be purists about this. A community's vision comes in and out of focus as the years pass, and luck plays some part in whether a healthy, cooperative culture can maintain itself. In my own (non-cohousing) cooperative community, the culture the founders established got lost in a general exodus, only to be regained and, I think, improved upon about 7 years later during an infusion of highly visionary people.
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