|Re: COHOUSING-L digest 286||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (robsanmicrosoft.com)|
|Date: Mon, 10 Oct 94 18:12 CDT|
Shelly Fox asked folks to describe a bit about how they made they original decision, how groups are formed, what they feel future prospects for this sort of community arrangement might be, positives and negatives, etc. I joined Sharingwood after forming a cohousing group with some friends. The friends wanted urban, I wanted rural so I found out about this rural place called Sharingwood, visited, fell in love with the woods and the people and joined. Groups form by advertising their interest and holding meetings. Future prospects? Cohousing seems to be very popular along the coasts, east and west, less so in the midwest. Needs more mainstream coverage (like a cohousing TV sitcom or something) in order to get into larger society awareness. Cohousing is a small movement which has big potential for changing how people develop neighborhoods. In the first five years since the concept hit America there are (by my count) 15 groups living together and another 25 groups who have secured sites and are seriously working on projects. A whole bunch more (like 60?) talking about it. The watershed event which separates out groups who are talking about it from those who are doing it is acquiring a site; a huge step and commitment which some groups never achieve. Positives include: great for kids, nice for elders, safe place, know and like your neighbors, self growth opportunities abound, can get by with less consumerism by sharing more things, happier for social people, learn a great deal about meetings and being effective in a group, have access to lots of neighbors skills and help when you need it. Negatives include: Takes enormous commitment of time and energy, have to endure long, sometimes painful meetings, have to give up some control of ownership to others, have to be accountable for your actions and relationships with the neighbors. So folks, Cohousing in a nutshell? Surely I've missed something..... Rob Sandelin Sharingwood
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