|Re: Small communities||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Jennifer Lynn Mccoy (poljlmpanther.Gsu.EDU)|
|Date: Fri, 16 May 1997 21:33:21 -0500|
At Lake Claire in Atlanta, we were limited to 12 units because of the size of the land (1 acre). The founders deliberately chose the site, however, to be in a specific neighborhood that is very interested in and conducive to cohousing. We have just moved in, so I can only comment on the development phase, but I can say that our group has been quite conscious of the risks of inbredness and the other dangers that Joani talked about. We were also worried about claustrophobia from such a tight site. We had a weekend retreat midway through construction to help build community, and it came out that a number of people were worried about "not fitting in" or about cliques forming. So we brainstormed on ways to avoid that possibility. We also planned from the beginning to have neighborhood involvement in community dinners and other activities to help increase the diversity. So far, we have found our size (20 adults, 9 kids, in 12 units) to have similar results to others reported: 1. Shared costs are higher. 2. Spread of workload is not even and having few people to share it creates large work burdens. 3. Easier to get the group together (literally and figuratively). 4. We have a real sense of community, and so far don't have a sense of "too closeness or too smallness." 5. Great design has helped mitigate the small lot size. Jennifer McCoy (jmccoy [at] gsu.edu) Lake Claire, Atlanta
small communities MartyR707, May 15 1997
- Re: Small communities Jennifer Lynn Mccoy, May 16 1997
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