|burning souls and money||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Paul Barton-Davis (pbdOp.Net)|
|Date: Thu, 11 Sep 1997 11:02:49 -0500|
Given Kathryn's (and many others') acknowledgement that there is often a "burning soul" involved in the initiation of a cohousing group, I wondered if anyone has any opinions on the appropriateness of "burning soul-ness" extending to the financial arena. More specifically, how advisable it is for the money for outright purchase of the land for a cohousing group to be made by a minority of the group (perhaps a minority of *1*) ? On the one hand, it seems like a "nice" thing to be able to do, and eases several problems during the early part of the development process. On the other hand, it seems to get perilously close to some of the problems encountered by communes during the early 1970's, when a child of wealthy and "understanding" parents arranged to buy the land, and ended up with numerous ego problems within the group. Just to make one thing clear: I'm not being precise about the exact relationship between payment and ownership. The minority "payers" could own and lease the land for 100 years to the group or to individuals for trivial or realistic amounts. The "payers" could simply give the funds to some legal entity representing the group, and ownership would be with the entity. Etc. etc. etc. Would any of these different arrangements (or others) ameliorate potential problems with minority payment ? --paul barton-davis isolated nuclear family dweller and @home father, bala cynwyd, pa
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