|Definition of CoHo, Christians, etc.||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: The CoHousing Company (cohocohousingco.com)|
|Date: Fri, 12 Sep 1997 18:47:01 -0500|
I have to agree with Denise. Scott, I think living in Salt Lake City has perverted your mind regarding Christians. I generally consider myself Christian although I only go to churches to give slide presentations on cohousing, and attend weddings and funerals. If I didn't already know you, I'm not sure I would want to from the stuff you've been posting lately. There are many christian groups who support broad diversity and speak out strongly for human rights such as the Quakers and Unitarians and many others . . . Regarding comments I recieved re definition of CoHousing: Rob stressed "a closer sense of community" which I agree is inherent in the definition of cohousing as well as being primary goal of design. Several people have commented that they feel "pedetrian-orientation" is key--I agree it is key and I speak strongly for the advantages of pedetrian-orientated design but it gets a little tricky in a specific definition. How does Doyle Street or Cardiff Place fit into it? What about Greyrock in Fort Collins where group decided to include ring road and many attached garages, or Sharingwood which I beleive has a road to most/all (?) of the (at least the original Phase I) houses and attached garages and does it even have sidewalks???? (please correct me Rob). So I stand by leaving it out of definition (although certainly a typical characteristic) and if residents were involved in design and their intent was to create a strong sense of community, and the community fits the rest of the definition--I'm willing to call it cohousing even if they decided to include attached garages and I don't like the design. Tina commented re violating fair housing laws: Luckily we have such laws and you are only officially allowed to discriminate by age. Nevertheless, I think there is a large grey area between encouraging/discouraging people to join your community by the core values the group sets. Again, I have always been in favour of diversity (although I think true diversity is much more difficult than most of us are ready to fess up too), but I can understand that some people might want to create a community with a narrower or more clearly defined set of core values than I would. . . .and if it still fit the rest of the definition--I'd call it cohousing. Katie from Doyle Street and The CoHousing Company "Architectural Design and Consulting Services towards the formation of CoHousing Communities" email: coho [at] cohousingco.com web site: www.cohousingco.com tel. 510-549-9980, fax 510-549-2140 1250 Addison St. #113 Berkeley, CA 94702
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