|Re: Cornerstone's problems||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Diane Q Simpson (dqsworld.std.com)|
|Date: Sat, 13 May 95 20:40 CDT|
This is a question in reply to joani's comment that living upstairs in a dense cohousing development (for her) detracted from the sense of community. I am wondering why that is. My name is Diane Simpson, and I have posted a couple of letters to the list, but nothing very extensive, because I do not belong to a cohousing group. My husband and I along with another couple from Boston (Mike Bainum & Rebecca Seybolt) are very much interested in developing a cohousing community in Boston, and for that reason we toured the Pioneer Valley cohousing development (now called"the cohousing community at Cherry Hill") and the Pine Street cohousing community. At the Cherry Hill cohousing community they had two-story dwellings, but many of the dwellings had porches that enabled second-story dwellers to come out and see what was going on--in effect to be a part of the community without having to necessarily be down on the ground level. Granted, you're much more involved with your neighbors when you're down on the street, but I didn't get a sense that people would feel isolated or separated from their neighbors simply by being on the second story. I think alot of it depends on how you design the porches. If they have low railings and are not screened-in so you can wave to your neighbors as they go by, that makes for more interaction. Or, if they're structured so that they're adjacent to other second-story porches so that you can talk to one another from your porches, that's another way to build closeness into the development despite the two-story buildings. I too, am very sorry to hear about Cornerstone's problems, but, lacking experience in the cohousing development process I cannot offer you any specific advice. My feeling is that you should hang in there and try to weather this latest crisis because you've been through so much as a group already. A lot of groups fall apart before they've even put any money into the project, and your group has a significant amount of core members. Do you have a mission statement? Why do you want to live together? The reason I am asking you this is because, if there was something in your mission statement that said what was your original purpose in forming this cohousing community, perhaps you could use that to clarify your current goals and figure out what you should do in order to stay on track towards your original mission. I am sure I will be sending many postings to cohousing-list in the future as Mike &Rebecca & Dave & I try to clarify what it is that we are seeking from cohousing, and I hope that your group succeeds in this endeavor also. ~~~~~~~~~Diane Simpson:.)
Re: Cornerstone's problems Joaniblank, May 13 1995
- Re: Cornerstone's problems Diane Q Simpson, May 13 1995
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