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|From: Joaniblank (Joaniblankaol.com)|
|Date: Fri, 20 Jan 95 00:27 CST|
Welcome to Meg Walker from Westchester. Meg's introductory posting inspires me to express intense admiration for folks who have been in cohousing groups for a long time and are repeatedly foiled in and exhasted by their attempts to find suitable sites. I am fortunate to have been able to join a community just just three months before move-in started. Of course I would have liked to be a part of the group earlier, but we were one of those lucky groups that got organized around a site that the owner was eager to renovate as cohousing so the entire process from group formation to move -in was about 2 1/2 years. The new Santa Rosa (CA), Acacia Lane group was formed around an available site, and got (I think) sixteen families to sign up and plunk down money on the land contract in a mere six (or was it 12) weeks! Granted, they haven't had as much time to build community in some of the ways that groups who work together for a lengthy period have had, but the need to hurry up with the decision-making and commitment forces them to relate more intensely, perhaps. Frankly I can see advantates and disadvantages of each scernario. But five or six years is a long time to keep going without a site in sight. So, once again, kudos from those of us who "had it easy," and thanks for your endurance and persistance. Thanks to Tom Ponessa for his recent contribution to this discussion. Tom, I found your words inspiring, and I expect that those long time cohousing enthusiasts who are being held up by site-acquisition problems will as well.
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