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|From: Joani Blank (jeblankhooked.net)|
|Date: Tue, 14 May 1996 19:09:19 -0500|
In response to Buzz's response to the Grell folks: Although I am a fan of the Danish model, I applaud your speaking out so clearly in favor of an alternatives. Goodness knows there is plenty of room for all kinds of models. I say, whatever works. I have the privilege of living with Katie and Chuck so we "discuss" these things a lot--usually in the hot tub. They are not at all as dogmatic as a few folks make them out to be. There is no question in my mind but that the community building that presumably happens when a group struggles for years without a site, or spends several years after site control getting ready to build is not worth the pain, agony and burnout that it inevitably enagenders. Enough already with the martyrdom. On the other hand, I have some reservations about a cookie cutter project (no matter how much it looks physically like cohousing) where the group has zero involvement in the design nor any experience being a group and arrive at some consensus about about how they are going to live there together. How long should a core group spend doing this ideally? I dunno, but I expect that 6 months is too short and three years is too long. The model that Katie proposed at last fall's conference--you can read an edited version of her talk in the winter, '96 issue of CoHousing Journal, the orange one--works for me. Perhaps I'll just exerpt a few short paragraphs: Says Katie: "1. A developer finds and ties up a site, confirms the feasiblity of the site for cohousing, and determines how much it will cost to build the community. "2. A cohousing consultant organizes a group arond the site. If interest cannot be developed within a short time, the developer drops the idea. "3. The group focuses on building community, recruitment and design of the site and common house. If a goal is to keep the project affordable, the group is less involved with the design of the indivdual residences. "4. The developer puts together project financing. "5. Group members have to put up money in specified amounts at various milestones in the development process." Could the word "group" be substituted for the word "developer" in some of the above statements? Sure it could. Could step two be done by some burning soul (s) without a consultant? Certainly as time goes on this will become more feasible. There are many paths to cohousing. It is fervently to be hoped that we all find one (or more, that would be good) that works for us available in the just the right place and at just the right time. Joani
Re: Developers Joani Blank, May 14 1996
- Re: Developers Joani Blank, May 14 1996
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