|Re: the early years||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Blaise J. Tobia (tobiabjdunx1.ocs.drexel.edu)|
|Date: Sun, 29 Oct 1995 19:04:52 -0600|
I hadn't meant to complain in such a detailed manner about Philadelphia as my co-citizen Judith Wisdom has decided to do, but I must concur with many of her observations about the social/conservatism of our fair city (having lived, for comparison's sake, in Brooklyn and Manhattan in NYC, as well as San Diego, Detroit, Cleveland and Chicago). Paradoxically, however, the Quakers here have often been quite progressive on social issues, and did organize, or help inspire, many experiments in cooperative and/or communal living in Philadelphia. In partial response to Lee at CUNY, I only meant to say that the people in upstate NY were finding some difficulty in recruiting, even for a very small project. The inertia against cohousing can certainly be due to economic factors as well as social ones, and there are economic and political factors in Philadelphia that contribute to the inertia here in addition to whatever "conservative" social issues there may be. For one thing, housing is quite cheap and available here (at least within the city proper) and people can find an excellent alternative (ie private house) at their first experience of frustration with the cohousing process! The dilemma we face in trying to proceed with promoting cohousing in Philadelphia has something of a chicken-or-egg quality about it. We had though about asking Chuck and Katie to Philadelphia in connection with their recent East-Coast trip, but then we imagined the publicity going out about the writers of "CoHousing" and the founders of the movement in the U.S., and most Philadelphia-area people not having a clue as to what that might mean. In other words, the very basic concept of "cohousing" somehow needs alot of publicity here before we can start to tap potentially interested people. Again, suggestions and observations are most welcome. Our umbrella group has its quarterly meeting next Sunday (Nov. 5th) and I'm planning to report the discussion that takes place here.
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