|Re: Renter Involvement / Renters in cohousing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H Olson (fholsonmaroon.tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Tue, 7 Jan 1997 23:50:10 -0600|
This message is being cross posted to the Cohousing-L mailing list and the Nbhd-tc -- Twin Cities Neighborhood issues list. This message is a general reply to a series of messages on Nbhd-tc about getting greater involvement by renters in block clubs. Regarding the comments about block club leaders not doing as much outreach as would be desireable... To be realistic getting anyone to be a block club leader at all is a challenge in my experience. I guess this is based on not having ever had anyone express interest in taking over for me. Hmmm, maybe I should TRY to pass the job on and see what happens. I can certainly imagine a hypothetical someone doing a better job than I get around to... (In cohousing circles such a person is called a "burning soul" and is key to getting a community organized. Regretably my flame does not burn consistantly as much as would be desireable.) BTW, block club leaders are volunteers ya know... :) There are only 2 rental households (out of 40) in my block club and I've met them when we did a welcome visit but since then I just flyer them like everyone else. A long time ago a tenant from one of those units (long since moved) came to block club meetings. An interesting observation this summer while visiting the N Street Cohousing Community in Davis California (a college town) is related to the rental topic somewhat. N Street has a number of units that are rental as well as a number of people who rent rooms in member households. Over the years N Street has become more family oriented and more owner occupied (as student members aged ?). The group has decided that they want to preserve rental opportunities because they find that some of the most enthusiastic members are (young idealistic ?) folks for whom home ownership is not a real option at the time. Grad students for example. A cohousing community is significantly different than a block club - primarily in that cohousing communities have a self selected membership of people that want a very high degree of "sense of community", interaction with other members and shared activities and resources etc. Resulting in kind of a block club on steroids :) But still the observation is interesting given the way Minneapolis neighborhood activist types and planning types tend to equate rental with less desireable. BTW I've recently updated my web page about our proposed retrofit cohousing community on our block here in the Homewood neighborhood: http://freenet.msp.mn.us/housing/cohousing/homewood/ Fred -- Fred H. Olson fholson [at] tc.umn.edu (612)588-9532 Amateur radio: WB0YQM List manager of Nbhd-tc (Twin Cities Neighborhood issues - see www.freenet.msp.mn.us) and Cohousing-L (see http://www.cohousing.org )
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