|N Street Cohousing - other retrofits?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Jeffrey O. Hobson (dcn00109wheel.ucdavis.edu)|
|Date: Wed, 27 Jul 94 01:38 CDT|
Hi folks. I've been listening in for the past week or so, and thought I'd take the time to introduce myself and ask a question or two. I live in N Street Cohousing, that retrofit evolutionary place in Davis. As I think others have introduced N Street on the list before, I won't try to give a comprehensive intro myself. However, I do want to tootle our horn a bit here, because I think the fact that I am able to live here says something good about our particular route to cohousing. I am young - 24 years old, nowhere near being in the financial or psychological position to buy a house. However, I am absolutely certain that I want to live in a cooperative living situation. This community, with its low-budget approach, numerous places for renters, and open evolutionary style, has been wonderful for me. As someone who is concerned about social and economic justice, the fact that we are following a cohousing path with $12/month in dues, $0.25/meal tax, and no other required financial commitment to the community is encouraging. As someone who is interested in consensus decision-making, I find it remarkable that we are able to continue to achieve consensus and value everyone's input mostly equally while having a moderate turnover rate (about 15% per year, of adults). If we are doing it, others can, and probably are, too. I would very much like to hear about other groups out there, whether they call themselves "cohousing" or "intentional communities" or "walruses", who are following a similar path. I read about Portland's (Oregon) OnGoing Concerns, or Sabin Cohousing in the _In Context_ article last year, but can't find a contact for them. I know several groups have created cohousing out of existing buildings (Emeryville, others?), but so far I have only heard of other groups which have approached it as one big move: a group slowly coalesces through a year or three of meetings, eventually buying the land/houses & remodelling them for cohousing in one mostly coordinated effort. Are there other groups who are incrementally taking over existing housing? Are there other groups that have a significant portion of rental units (approx 2/3 of the adults at N St. are renters)? Are there folks who are trying, have tried, would like to try? Anybody have ideas as to how this version of the cohousing model could spread? I look forward to hearing from folks on via the list, or directly. Jeffrey Hobson N Street Cohousing dcn00109 [at] wheel.ucdavis.edu Davis Energy Group
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