|Re: Affordability/Urban Areas||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Mark Ottenberg (maoclark.net)|
|Date: Tue, 6 Dec 94 15:53 CST|
On Mon, 5 Dec 1994, Ross M Donald wrote: > =>To: OrrinDavid [at] aol.com > =>To: cohousing-l [at] uci.com > =>Subject: Re: Affordability of cohousing > => > => ...cohousing in urban areas. I am part of an > =>organization that wants to study the cohousing option > =>for... > =>...community (re) development ideas in Chicago's urban > =>core. > => > => But, as either Thoreau or Emerson once said, > =>"Whenever I see somebody coming to do me good, I run > =>the other way!" - one corollary being: "If it is your > =>intention to help the other person, expect nothing in > =>return, but resentment." > => > By this, we mean, one cannot come in from the > schools, the church volunteer groups and the community > action agencies, nor from city hall with money, > education, and eager solutions; without buying in, in > every way. As a professional systems engineer who is studying and designing social systems I must VERY STRONGLY agree. From varous current sources, even if you are able to create something useful (to your perspective) such structures are almost exclusively NOT sustainable in the medium to long range time frames. Expect this to infuriate those who are or have been part of the project. They finally are convinced to have some hope, and then CRASH. Sustainability, especially in these increasingly changing times, requires user designers. Outside advice is ok, but LEARNING to be able to self-design becomes MUCH more important than any hard results!! This really takes some time, energy and personal change. Lots of it. But then again, they seem to be converging on agreement of something like the following: "Cohousing, the most intensive, (and expensive!) personal growth program you will ever go through!" Luck and much work, -- Mark
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