|Re: will TIme limit future of cohousing?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Cbwhy (Cbwhyaol.com)|
|Date: Thu, 18 Jul 1996 08:29:50 -0500|
Rob asks for opinions and comments. He writes >>I disagree that the group needs to be developers at all to form community. I think that the best route to the future is to let developers be developers and do that work, and have faciliated community building happen amoung the residents, teach and learn group process and decision making, do the design input work, but leave ALL the ugly legal, permit, etc. details to other people and focus your group energy and learning to be a group and building a sense of trust and community and friendship amoung the group. Well- I couldn't agree more. When my group was forming we approached some developers (for profit and non) and , although we didn't do an exhaustive search, we had no nibbles let alone takers. Our ideas of what we architecturally wanted in cohousing - clustered housing with pedestrian walkways- didn't seem achievable within the organic model of N Street. Our alternatives seemed slim- try to develop or don't- so we are. At this point we are 2 1/2 years in to what will hopefully be a 4 year process. Buzz Burrell's 7 thoughts on how to make the process easier were great. Maybe I read the cohousing book and got to engaged in the idea of the look and building of the community and not engaged enough in just being in it (whatever it looks like). Some of those points were raised to our group and we really didn't think they would work for us. I'm wondering now if we read the Cohousing Book and were too engaged in the look, buildings, and design aspects of cohousing. The more in the process we are the clearer it becomes that those things don't really amount to much, and the community and sharing is where it's at. Nevertheless I bet everyone in the group would do it the same way again if asked. Ask again when we are moved in. rob also says >> national development system in place, but I am not >sure this is possible given the local nature of real >estate development. There does not seem to be any national real >estate development firms that do residential work. Its all pretty >much local. I believe there needs to be a National Cohousing Association which assists groups in getting going. Other groups with shared interests go to conferences and meetings, introduce their issues and perspectives to governmental bodies and financial institutions. If cohousing is to go anywhere besides a quick blip in the social history books under the late 20th century, we need to do the same. Certainly the national developer community needs to be educated about the opportunities available in cohousing (that there is money to be made and good work to be done). The same can be done with the banking industry. And I'm sure there are continuing interests- after you get built. Finally- will time requirements for first generation cohousing limit the future of cohousing? I believe it will. Only if those requirements are minimized can the most people get on board. Corey Yugler Synergy Cohousing Delray Beach, FL
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