|Re: early years/alternative model||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David G Adams (dadamsworld.std.com)|
|Date: Sat, 28 Oct 1995 10:59:00 -0500|
Judith Wisdom suggests... > My thought is that in such places maybe the thing to do is to find a > neighborhood that's appealing in terms of look and other residents and > all the other things that would draw you to live there (and establish if > it were possible) a real traditional coho community, even if it were not > built from scratch. Then, instead of finding contiguous properties and a > common house, say in a circle or such, form a tight coho group and each > family unit purchase separate properties on several (if in the city and > that's what I'm thinking) streets nearby each other (or, if possible, one > street). If there is enough $s buy one for a common house. > > And stick together re dinners, meetings, group purchases, and all the rest > > I offer this because it could (I think--no vast or really any experience > except life in regular neighborhoods) even draw in other like-minded folks > This is what I think of as a mix between "virtual cohousing" and retrofit coho. It's very much what a group in Cambridge, MA (Eerie St.) is doing now (no common house yet). They started as a group of neighbors, and now are calling themselves coho, which should lead more coho oriented people to move into the neighborhood. There's also a group here in Arlington that has a neighborhood newsletter, a neighborhood service exchange program, and monthly dinners. Some of them want to turn that into coho eventually. I think we absolutely have to encourage this sort of behavior, even if the architects don't get to design Grand Visions. These "infill/retrofit" and "virtual" coho communities can't have everything (100% accessability, most notably), but they are far more doable in urban / inner suburban settings, IMHO. Dave Adams ??? Cohousing Arlington MA _____________________________________________________________________ |\/\/\/| David G. Adams | Homebrewer |____ | U4 Consulting | Cohousing Wannabe OO ) | Arlington, MA | "I used to be indesicive, ( | dadams [at] world.std.com | but now I'm not so sure" | | CompuServe: 72630,1374 | -- Matt Johnson _____________________________________________________________________
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