|Re: Block Club - explanation||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H Olson (fholsonmaroon.tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Fri, 10 Jan 1997 09:57:58 -0600|
On Fri, 10 Jan 1997 MartyR707 [at] aol.com wrote: > What in the WORLD is a block club leader? I haven't a clue, but there sure > seems to be a lot of emotion around whatever it is! > Marty Roberts > I composed a response to a local neighborhood issues list in which I added some cohousing related comments. I decided to cross post it to cohousing-L. That message ws entitiled "Renter Involvement / Renters in Cohousing". In that message reference was made to Block clubs. One nbhd-tc subscriber has made some responses ("emotional") to that message to BOTH lists and has subscribed to Cohousing-L so that they get posted. I had not anticipated how the thread would be continued cross list in fractured form. Sorry. I dont think I'll send the same message to to lists with via the carbon copy function... (Thereby reducing the chances of SOME replies be cross posted. ) As to what Block Clubs are.... In Minneapolis a block club is an organizations to which all residents of a residential block are encouraged to particpate. Meeting are held generally at peoples homes on the block periodically up to once a month is typical - we try for 4 times per year but it varies a lot. Participation varies, some households never some always and some occasionally. Our blcok club - actually covers houses on either side of our street for 2 blocks (40 households) typically has 10-15 people at meetings. We announce the meetings by distribuiting a leaflet door-to-door. The Block Club leader is the person who has agreed to do such things as find a house to meet at, plan the meeting, make up and distribute the leaflet etc. On Nbhd-tc there has been some emotion around how much can be expected of volunteer block leaders... Block clubs do such things as discuss and try to deal with problems on the block, encourage neighbors to get to know each other, participate in crime watch programs, distribute information from the city on public meetings, recycling etc etc. We also organize an annual party in July or August for which we close the street (with a special permit) for the afternoon. The way I am beginning to see things, Block Clubs are on the continum of ways people who live in close proximity to each other can relate to each other. From this perspective cohousing is simply on the intense and intentional (moved there to do it) end of the continum. I'm also starting to think that despite the self selection aspect of cohousing difference that one can build on the sense of community on a block fostered by the block club to get closer to the sense of community of cohousing. Our retrofit cohousing group ( Homewood Cohousing) will stay organizationally seperate from the block club but with lots of overlap in the people involved. Cohousing members will have made a commitment to greater cooperation. Guests will be welcome to cohousing events. Home wood cohousing: 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) and Cohousing-L (see http://www.cohousing.org )
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