|New bestselling book spotlights cohousing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Leni Reed (ssavvyerols.com)|
|Date: Mon, 3 Jun 1996 21:24:34 -0500|
As you know, the popular press constantly bemoans the lack of community, but when it comes to talking about solutions, cohousing is overlooked (at least as far as I can see). Now the good news. The new bestselling book, Clicking, by Faith Popcorn (trend guru to Fortune 500 companies) and Lys Marigold has 2 1/2 pages about cohousing under the subchapter heading, "Communal Clanning: Family by Choice." After reading this section, I felt that these authors have a good sense of what cohousing is all about. For example, they say that it's a "newer kind of community living that was pioneered in Denmark, Sweden, and the Netherlands (the sensible countries) about twenty years ago, and is finding acceptance here." They add that it's like "a return to small-town life, when you knew -- and helped out -- all your neighbors." Furthermore, they say that cohousing is a BIG trend -- not a fad! They state: "...we think co-housing will Click in the decade and century ahead. ...maybe someday we'll be watching the evening news on Election Night and hear reports on how the "co-housing vote" is swinging. Because co-housing -- and the tightly knit new Clans it creates -- promises to be the that big a phenomenon." Wow!!! By the way. Here's a thought, or rather a few thoughts. Those of us who have the time and interest, could contact the authors, Faith and Lys, and congratulate them on recognizing the cohousing trend. In addition, we could offer to provide them with additional info on co-housing. (Maybe even The CoHousing Network would want to give these authors an "award" for the first non-architect to mention cohousing in a popular book, if that's the case!) The address for Faith Popcorn is: Faith Popcorn c/o Author Mail HarperCollins Publishers 10 East 53rd street New York, NY 10022-5299 I think that contacting Faith (the only author I was able to get an address for) will help the cause of cohousing (or at least not hurt it). Here's why. It will confirm to her that she was right on the mark when she said there's a groundswell of interest in cohousing. It will also keep cohousing "on her brain." And you never know. One of our letters might come to her attention on the very day that she speaks to 15,000 bankers . . . or goes on the Today Show. Of course, our mail won't ensure that she'll highlight cohousing in her talks etc., but it might help. What do you think? Leni Reed Nazare Loudon County EcoVillage, a cohousing community that will be built near Taylorstown, Virginia. (ssavvy [at] erols.com)
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