|Re: Urban co-housing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (robsanmicrosoft.com)|
|Date: Wed, 13 Jul 94 13:45 CDT|
Another example of Urban co-housing is found in the idea of virtual cohousing. Some friends of mine in Seattle who live in the same area (actually 3 of them live in the same block and two next door to each other) have formed a sort of virtual cohousing group. They share Dinner club, where they take turns eating at each others houses, share tools, a common garage workshop sort of space and a sauna. They car pool together, help each other with projects, recreate together, and generally share much of their lives. There are 11 individuals in this group and over the summer they are going to turn one of the storage shed's in a sideyard into their "restraunt" add a recycled kitchen (the appliances and cabinets are from a remodel) and make it into a good place for 20 or so people to eat. Total budget ($350). They have a list of other friends who would like to move into the area and pass along info on houses for sale or rent to their friends. Eventually they may end up owning most of the block - but even if the houses are not contiguous it doesn't really matter. I also know of a neighborhood of complete strangers (as many neighborhoods are these days) who by virtue of having one burning soul organizer have organized tool sharing, ride sharing, child care coop and Friday evening potluck theme socials. I heard that a day time burglar tried to rip off one of the houses and 7 neighbors called the cops. I visited one of their potlucks and although the level of commitment was not as high as a cohousing groups, they all were very satisfied and extremely grateful to the individual who got the whole thing organized. The lesson in all this, and widely repeated in Creating Community Anywhere, is that all it takes is one person to "communitize" a neighborhood. People everywhere seem to want more connection to each other, they just have forgotten how to do it, or have become afraid. Just about anything that is done in a cohousing neighborhood can be replicated in most any neighborhood around, all it takes is one or two people to get it going. Maybe you could be one of those people in your neighborhood? Rob Sandelin Puget Sound Cohousing Network Building a better society, one neighborhood at a time
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