|Household demographics/||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Joani Blank (jeblankhooked.net)|
|Date: Fri, 26 Jul 1996 00:43:46 -0500|
A member of a group asked me for the demographic info I'l collected by individual community and not in aggregate. I thought my CoHo-L-ite friends might have be interested in part of my answer to her. Your reactions welcome, of course: I have promised two of the 11 or so communities that sent me their info that I would not identify individual communities, just make a list of those whose data are included in the aggregate info and perhaps say "and two (or however many) communities who wish to remain unnamed." A word about demographics (the following is my opinion alone based on living at Doyle St. for 4 years and being an active member of the Old Oakland group, now recruiting new members for what will be the most urban cohousing community in No. America): I'm not sure that you want to try to "control" the demographics of your project by deciding what are the "best" demographics. You probably aren't able to do that to a significant extent in cohousing anyway, any more than you could do it in a a standard condo complex or along a suburban street. People who are attracted to cohousing and who want to live at your site will come in whatever household composition they come in. If they can afford to buy in, are in home-buying mode, and are willing to participate actively in the work it takes to get the place built and buy in to your mission statement, then you want them for your neighbors. As you move along getting new members, you will from time to time look at your group and say say to yourself--or maybe to one another-"My, we are an odd lot, aren't we?" Never mind, in a few weeks a couple more households will join or one will drop out and then you'll be another kind of odd lot. As for designing the place for the last third of your people who are not in the group yet, It is rare for a cohousing group to have all the units committed before the design is started, and people who come in later have to understand that they won't get nearly as much say in the design as those who were in earlier, maybe none at all. But if you design it to work for the 2/3 of you who are already in the group, there is a very good chance that the newer third will like it just fine. S'matter of fact, some of them will be most relieved and appreciative that you have done all that work for them. I know it may seem that I have strayed far from your question about demographics but I believe I am speaking quite directly to it. Joani Blank Doyle Street and Old Oakland REALIST'S IDEAL: To view the rose with world-colored glasses, to be in life with love Rowena, I'm posting part of my answer to the list because I think people might be interested in it.
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