|Homewood Cohousing / MN, retrofit, embryonic||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H. Olson (fholsonmaroon.tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Mon, 19 Aug 1996 09:55:32 -0500|
Homewood Cohousing Vision Statement August 1996 The embryonic Homewood Cohousing Community is in the Homewood neighborhood of Minneapolis, MN. Homewood is a low and moderate income, racially integrated neighborhood about 2 miles north west of downtown that has mostly owner occupied single family houses built in the 20's and 30's. Fred H. Olson and Becca (Elizabeth) Brackett are the initiators of the community whose focus area is the 1200-1255 Russell Ave. North and east side of 1200-1255 Sheridan Ave. North. We invite others to share the vision. THE VISION We envision a cohousing community evolving over a long period of time as a "retrofit" cohousing community in existing housing. Member households will include those that move to the area because they share the vision and current residents of the focus area who choose to join. The former will happen as houses become available. Our vision draws heavily on the experience of N Street Cohousing in Davis, CA and On Going Concerns Cohousing in Portland OR. As our membership grows and permits, we expect the community to share such activities as a supper coop, child care exchange, friendships and frequent interaction among members, gardens, common space including dining areas and workshops for such things as woodwork, home repair, automotive repair and computer / Internet access. The initial resources of the community are two houses: 1) Fred and Becca's household and house where they have resided since 1977. 2) A second 3 bedroom house that Fred and Becca bought in August 1996 which is available for rent or sale. 3) Fred's extensive network as block club co-captain of friendly relationships with many of the people in the focus area some of whom we expect to participate in the Homewood Cohousing Community. INVITATION TO SHARE THE VISION Because of the long term evolutionary nature of retrofit cohousing and consequent lack of the usual core group of future residents, development of Homewood Cohousing will be facilitated by a cluster of non-resident supporters who share the vision but don't live there. Supporters will participate in policy discussions,lend credence to the vision, help spread the vision and thus help locate potential members and possibly participate in such community activities as the supper club occasionally. If you support the establishment of Homewood Cohousing, contact Fred by email at fholson [at] tc.umn.edu or (612)588-9532 or at 1221 Russell Av N, Minneapolis, MN 55411. Supporters will receive the community newsletter (by Internet initially). References: The June issue of the Twin Cities Cohousing Network Newsletter About N Street Cohousing and On Going Concerns Cohousing see the book _Rebuilding Community in America_. There is extensive information about N Street on the WWW site: http://www.cohousing.org This statement and other information and focus area layout and maps will be placed on http://freenet.msp.mn.org/cohousing/homewood -- Fred H. Olson fholson [at] tc.umn.edu (612)588-9532 Amateur radio: WB0YQM List manager of: Cohousing-L See http://www.cohousing.org/ and Twin Cities Neighborhood issues list. See http://freenet.msp.mn.us/
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