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|From: Joaniblank (Joaniblankaol.com)|
|Date: Wed, 11 Jan 95 21:13 CST|
In response to Jim Snyder-- I think that there is no such thing as too much publicity for a living style that most of us believe in so deeply. I say this because: 1) I have met many people who strongly desire just what is offered by cohousing, but who just happen not to have heard about it yet; 2) I think that even people who will never in this lifetime live in cohousing--might not even want to--will be motivated to think about ways in which their lives can be enriched by building community by reading/learning about the way we have chosen to do it. I don't think there is any growth rate that is "too fast" for cohousing. Those who do their homework will make it work more readily than those who don't. But everyone will learn from their own and others' mistakes, and each group will have its own personality anyway. Certainly, not everyone wants to be in the thick of things when the media/are is snooping around, but I feel sure that each community/group can find a way to interact with the media that doesn't feel like an imposition on the whole group. Usually at least one member of each group enjoys that task and can keep the media out of everyone else's hair if that is desired. In the case of Doyle Street, we needed the (local) media to help us get a full house. After the first batch of us moved in, we still had three units, out of a total of only twelve, empty/unsold! Our last unit didn't sell until a year and a half after move-in, and someone moved out recently, we had no waiting list for any size unit. And for our first two years our 12 units were the only cohousing units in the entire SF Bay area--one of the most desirable metro areas in North America! It is true that our units are up there in price, and that many people want a less urban environment than we live in here; nevertheless, it still surprises me that we don't have lots of folks eager to live here. Jim, there is plenty of room in this movement for those who may "want to start a revolution" as well as for those who'd rather not, Let's hear it for diversity! (To update anyone who might be interested, Katie and Chuck have sold their unit so we all get a new neighbor and the McCamant/ Durretts get a spacious two-bedroom, where their darling Jessie can have a room of her own!.)
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