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|From: Diane Q Simpson (dqsworld.std.com)|
|Date: Thu, 4 Aug 94 22:21 CDT|
I would just like to respond to your introduction by saying "thanks for an articulate and eloquent post." I intend to read the book you recommended in order to learn more about the sociological dynamics behind cohousing. I suppose I should introduce myself, also. I am Diane Simpson, a fellow would-be cohouser, although I am not much help to you in your particular situation because I live in the Jamaica Plain section of Boston. My husband and I have lived in the same apartment for seventeen years and he is very committed to urban living. So, a move to a suburban cohousing community is not in the cards for us right now, and I don't think it ever will be unless he gets an irresistible offer for a job outside of the Boston area. I am a free-lance graphic designer and can work just about anywhere, but he is an archivist and there aren't too many archival opportunities out in suburbia land. So, why am I writing this then if I don't have any brilliant words of wisdom? Because I think that merely by posting a message and letting people know you're out there, it does some good. Maybe somone out there will see my message and say "Aha! Jamaica Plain! I always wanted to live in a cohousing development in lovely Jamaica Plain!" and they will get in touch with me and we'll start a group. I have been reading the cohousing list for a couple of weeks now to get an idea of the problems I'll be up against if I do start a group. I'm relatively new to this whole idea, but like you, once I read about it, it really hit a nerve. I hope you will succeed in eventually getting into a group, but I just want to say Q don't give up! If I were you I think I would try to plant the idea in people's minds that this form of living arrangement is a great thing.That way, maybe you can stir up enough interest in it to get a group together in Littleton. I have found from talking to people about cohousing that they usually are quite receptive to the idea, but, unfortunately, too few people have heard about it because they are still stuck in the single family mentality. Social clubs, church groups, political organizations, professional organizations, user groups, online services...these are all potential sources of cohousing members and I would use them to their full potential if you belong to any of these groups. Don't forget about writing letters to the editor about cohousing ( and how it is the answer to many social ills) if you see an opportunity. (I used to work in a public relations office and we would use any sneaky trick we could think of to publicize our clients.) Do the same for cohousing! The more people in your area that know about it the better! So, good luck, hang in there, and I hope to see you on the list again someday as a cohousing resident in Boxboro! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Diane Simpson
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