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|From: David Mandel (dlmandelrcip.com)|
|Date: Sun, 28 Jul 1996 18:50:09 -0500|
Hi folks. I don't have time for a lengthy essay now, but especially for Rowena and others wrestling with community size, I want to reiterate my quick 2 cents' worth. With all due respect to the opinions of my neighbor and friend Mela, I wish our community were larger. I actually very much appreciate her point -- and hadn't thought about it much before -- that it's easier to avoid having rigid rules if our numbers are smaller and we can adjust to each other's idiosyncracies more easily. But I believe that the same flexibility can be achieved just fine with a somewhat larger group; it might just take a little more time, but so what? And the other advantages of a larger community still make me wish ours were larger: better economies of scale for goodies in the common house, more diversity, more people to take on tasks, cook meals, ... I could go on a long time. Even a small group tends to subdivide into subgroups of friends, and there's nothing wrong with that. I didn't join cohousing to become intimate friends with all my neighbors. Better there be more to choose among. So I say, Rowena, go for the larger number, and given the right site and market, I'd love to see some even bigger projects happen. I think we've become very narrow minded when Nyland's 42 sounds like the upper limit just because it is so far. A cohousing community of 80 households would be different in some ways, but it sure could have a lot going for it. Someone want to try? David Mandel, Southside Park
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