|Retrofitting existing neigborhoods||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (Exchange) (Robsanmicrosoft.com)|
|Date: Thu, 19 Oct 1995 14:54:44 -0500|
Doug from Fort Collins asked about transforming neighborhoods. I think = the first step might be to find out if anyone from the fort collins = area, is also interested in retro-fit cohousing, would be interested in = buying the house you said is for sale. That would make two of you who = share the same idea. There is a cohousing group forming in fort collins = and also another intentional community. Check with them. The Rocky = Mountain Cohousing Association in Boulder can give you some ideas as = well. Once there are two of you, I would work out a vision statement about = what you want to create. Then use the same marketing approach as other = forming groups (slide shows, fliers for meetings, etc.) to build a = strong waiting list. In the meanwhile, start hosting a weekly rotating = potluck amoung the members of your waiting list, start trying out = sharing childcare and other things, and build some community feeling. =20 Then as another house comes for sale, viola, you have a waiting list of = buyers who are interested in a retrofit cohousing idea who will buy the = house. And so it goes. Eventually you can have a big enough group so you can form a legal = association to raise money to buy or rent a space you can share for = meals, such as a garage or outbuilding, or even a remodelled addition to = an existing home. It doesn't have to be gold plated and huge. We do = community dinner for up to 30 people in a 20X25 part of a basement of a = home at Sharingwood. We created a kitchen with free used appliances and = partioned off the basement for less than $500. We have been doing = community dinner there for a couple of years now and it works fine. Retrofit cohousing requires the same "burning soul" energy to evangalize = as other cohousing - somebody has to hold and promote the vision, but it = can grow slowly, house by house over time. Make a ten year plan and you = will discover that in that time frame most all of the houses where you = live will have sold at least once, giving you opportunity to create a = cohousing group right where you live now. If I didn't currently live at Sharingwood, this is exactly where my = cohousing energy would be going. I am currently trying to figure out how = to find time to promote this idea in Seattle. Rob Sandelin Sharingwood
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