|CoHousing Definition||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: The CoHousing Company (cohocohousingco.com)|
|Date: Mon, 15 Sep 1997 14:42:14 -0500|
Brief response to comments from Michael Mariner (9/14): Regarding community as primary income source as part of definition: I don't think the defintion of cohousing in anyway limits what people actually do and fully support people seeking out/creating community in whatever way they can/want. Nevertheless, I feel that when one of the community's primary goals is to provide for residents PRIMARY source of income it significantly changes the nature of the relationships between members and often/usually the financial side of the community, by neccessity, becomes the primary focus of the community. This is very different than if Nyland decides to lease or farm some of it's land (which certainly could not support the 42 families in the style to which they are currently accustomed). Again, my intention is not in anyway to discourage people from creating whatever type of community suits them. . .but to define cohousing in such a way that it retains some specific meaning. Ultimately the definition is defined by how the word is used by cohousers, but especially in the most public formats such as the Journal and the web pages and this discussion group. Over the years, we have heard from many, many people who were organizing cohousing groups that they were very glad we had limited the scope of what is called cohousing because it made it so much easier to be clear about what they wanted to do and to find others of like mind. Cohousing will continue to evolve, as will all types of other community housing and communities. If other models need clearer definitions, I suggest someone else take that up. Maybe that could be part of your book. Perhaps one of the reasons cohousing has had such success is because it has a "relatively" clear definition that people can grab on to. Katie 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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