coh community changes over time
Date: Fri, 27 May 94 16:00 CDT
I share Rob Sandelin's concerns (expressed somewhere in that flood of postings
about Cohousing, Communes, Community, ...etc)  that over time, as people move
in who were not dedicated enough/crazy enough/lucky enough (take your pick) to
take part in the development process, the community may change.  

I have always thought that one of the positive things about the cohousing model
was that it required a time and energy commitment, not just money, to join. 
Positive in the sense that it should reduce turnover and also gives people a
chance to participate and get known in the group before they commit. BUT, I
think that function could be carried out in the context of a lot easier
development process (this has been harder than I thought, and I didn't think it
would be easy).

At this point, I have no energy to worry about the longer term future - we'll
deal with it when it gets here (questions of changes in vision involvement,
etc).  I just have to go on faith that, like so many things, somehow we will
work them out.  I suspect that there are things we could do to minimize such
changes, but we can't do any more now.

Judy Baxter, Monterey Cohousing Community, (MoCoCo)
Twin Cities Area, Minneapolis/St.Paul Minnesota
e-mail: baxter [at]

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