|Re: Coho Community - when no Coho "Community"?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Russell Mawby (russ.mawbycity.saskatoon.sk.ca)|
|Date: Fri, 4 Jul 1997 10:02:29 -0500|
George, I have to challenge your assumption that there is "real" cohousing and some other pseudo ways of building community that just don't quite stack up. The folks from N-Street (Donna Spreitzer in Toronto too) could shed more light on what's *real* in this whole cohousing thing, but I will focus on the prevailing paradigm that development, especially new development, is good, everything else is second rate. I have commented before that I am somewhat discouraged by the ads I see in the Cohousing Journal for expensive new developments that may very well offer a great community setting, but to me are just about real estate. Community *is* all the touchy feely things you are thinking about doing - getting together with neighbours, perhaps sharing a vacation spot, hell, just saying hello in the morning. It is *not* real estate development, and all the endless meetings it takes to get there. Or rather, the actual meetings themselves can be a way of building community, but hey, we can get together to meet about anything, not just developing some land. I think we develop new cohousing because of the lack of physical place that most of our cities (and lives) suffer from, because we've decided that investment value and curb appeal are more important in the houses we build than whether or not they're part of a *real* community. But many of us refuse to accept that this is the only way, or even the best way. To me, it is a poor second choice, when often the community we are looking for is right under our noses. Russell Mawby Ph : (306) 975-7666 Housing Facilitator Fax: (306) 975-7712 City of Saskatoon Planning and Building Dept. 222 - 3rd Avenue North Saskatoon, SK S7K 0J5 russ.mawby [at] city.saskatoon.sk.ca
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