|re: early years||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Joani Blank (jeblankhooked.net)|
|Date: Fri, 27 Oct 1995 04:48:02 -0500|
Still-No-Name Berkeley Cohousing moved into an existing site (common house plus 10 units, four more to be built soon plus some of the existing to be renovated. They are recruiting 4 new households to complete their community. There were seven households in the Doyle St. Community who had been in the group at least one and a half years before move-in. I joined 3 months before and one new family joined during the move in period of about 3 months. And this was a site-driven development. Site became available and group gathered around it by the CoHousing Company. The Old Oakland Group has 6 full member and 3 associate member households. We hope to have 19-20 units in our project which is VERY urban. In spite of that three of our full member households have 5 kids between them, and we have another single mom hot prospect. We are also site-specific. But it seems that we are probably getting cohesive enough to look for another site if the one we almost have falls through. We are all now eager to live in this specific downtown neighborhood. Your experience, Philadelphia, is not uncommon in CoHousing in N. America. Several groups have collapsed in exhaustion after finding, then losing one, two or more sites. Others have found their numbers dwindling or the group splitting when a site is found that doesn't suit some part of the group. Involving developers who can secure sites and get early planning approvals and financing and THEN assembling the core group of future residents is probably the wave of the near future for cohousing--at least until the movement is a little farther along. "Build it; they will come," is probably true for cohousing, but since we have this pesky habit of being heavily involved in the planning and design, I'd like to suggest that a more apt slogan for us is "Secure an appropriate site; they will come." Joani Blank JJJJJJJJJ i J J oo aaaa n nn i J o o a nn n i J o o aaaa n n i J J o o a a n n i JJ oo aaaa n n i
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