|Alternative forms of cohousing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Joani Blank (jeblankic.org)|
|Date: Mon, 19 Jan 1998 12:08:44 -0600|
Miles' question last week about an organic (he called it virtual) form of cohousing intrigued me a lot. Yes, people have talked before about turning existing blocks of single family houses [a la N Street] or converting apartment or condo buildings or complexes into cohousing. But I don't think it ever occurred to me that a group of households living fairly close together might actually buy or build a house that was jointly owned by all of them to be used as common house. I can imagine that in some areas, there might be a zoning problems, but if the neighborhood was close enough to a downtown (even a very small town) a building or area zoned commercial might work just fine. It's an interesting idea in my mind, and a lot of community building could take place especially if the common house needed to built from scratch or completely renovated for it to work as a CH. Allso, building the group would be a different sort of proposition than for new-built communities. Rob's suggestions about getting a neighborhood together are groovy, but I think apply a little better the few dozen households who presumably live within a couple of blocks of the "organizing" household. But one might want to cast a somewhat broader net to find 20 or so like-minded households among a couple hundred who live "within walking distance," perhaps some modifications of Rob's ideas meeting for the first few times in a community center, church or library--or even a park if it is summertime. Joani Blank Doyle Street (where I live now) and Old Oakland CoHousing (where I will live after February, 1999) SF Bay Area, California
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