|Re: Small Cohousing Groups||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Ann Barbarow (abarbarowheel.dcn.davis.ca.us)|
|Date: Wed, 14 May 1997 10:52:49 -0500|
This is one of my favorite hot issues right now. I firmly believe that the current Co Housing size goal of 20 to 40 units is too darn big (or too darn small). Working with that size of a group (40 - 60 adults) is very difficult to keep in touch with each other to the point of developing the trusting relationships that my ideal of a co housing community would require. It is much more easy for individuals to feel "outside the loop", duck responsibility, get lost in the shuffle, and feel generally disaffected. The group is too big to be run informally and too small to be run like a tight ship. Small subgroups develope with their own agendas and needs, and if you don't fit into one of the small subgroups you really have no support. As usual, I am making a point by overstating reality. But these are issues that I feel exist in Muir Commons to a greater or lesser extent, and I imagine that other co housing communities of a similar size have similar issues. I know that I feel inhibited about talking about "problems" in my community here, but they do exist and I would like to see us talking about more than just the sweetness and light that also exists. My dream co housing communtiy would be 8-10 households; a mix of studio apartments to maybe 4 bedroom houses. I assume that the size of communities came from the "Danish Model", but I believe that the Danish culture is different from the American culture and maybe doesn't translate to our lifestyles. So hey - go for it. Let's have more small co housing communities out there. Less than 15 units sounds great, and Olympia Washington sounds like a great place to live.
Fwd: Small Cohousing Groups MicalCedar, May 13 1997
- Re: Small Cohousing Groups Ann Barbarow, May 14 1997
- Re: Fwd: Small Cohousing Groups Denise Meier and/or Michael Jacob, May 14 1997
- Re: Small CoHousing Groups Joani Blank, May 16 1997
- Small Cohousing Groups Diane Simpson, May 16 1997
- small cohousing groups Mary Zoeller, May 28 1997
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