|RE: Help/re: common house use||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: John Major (jmajormhz.com)|
|Date: Fri, 9 Aug 1996 10:20:34 -0500|
Certainly one useful point to make about CoHo Common Houses is that they may sound like the familiar "community center" that your neighbors might have in mind, with publicized events ocurring at irregular intervals, generating lots of traffic. But in reality, the VAST majority of common house use in CoHo is pedestrian, on a daily basis, and very low-key ("show up for dinner"). It sounds like you have to correct some fearful misapprehensions here... Or you may have to make the point to the City Council members that neighbors are against your development for other reasons, and are just misrepresenting the nature of it to manipulate them... If traffic is still a big issue, Nyland has some real data, I believe, that shows that CoHo actually *decreased* the car trips that the households made. Sigh - it is incredible to me that CoHo has to fight these battles. Have you already done the prescribed "talk to your neighbors, one on one" go-around that the old hands have said is necessary when you meet resistance? We have only done some "spot work" there, but it has helped alleviate neighbors fears. Actually, the most effective session we had was one that the Neighborhood Council sprung on us as a "surprise attack" - inviting only the City Planning staff and not us. But we heard about it that night and showed up anyway. Sitting in the audience, I was able to reply to people's questions in a reasonable way until finally the ranters' own friends were telling them to shut up. Well, good luck to you - John Major Wasatch CoHousing jmajor [at] mhz.com
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