|Rhapsodizing about Retrofit||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Joani Blank (jeblankic.org)|
|Date: Sat, 7 Feb 1998 03:25:34 -0600|
I've visited N Street, and I think it would be an thoroughly delightful community to live in, I'd move there in a minute--or to Southside Park in Sacramento--if I could pull myself away from the Bay Area, and if it weren't so beastly hot there in the summer. But I have some words of caution for those of you who occasionally rhapsodize about N Street or read here the rhapsodizing of others. I think I remember that when I first visited there over three years ago, it was already nine years since Kevin had bought the first house, and then the second, on that block. Also, there a remarkable conjunction there of a truly burning soul, an area of Davis where very little of the housing was owner occupied. and the fact that Davis is a college town, In other words, a number of factors serendipitously combined to make N Street happen. Perhaps I'm belaboring this point, but I've talked to a number of people who seem to think that they could relatively easily locate a block or an existing condo community or apartment house that they could relatively rapidly and inexpensively retrofit and convert into cohousing within just a few months or a couple of years at the most. I can see this happening with a very small group of households, perhaps six or fewer but not with 13-14 units (which in my very personal and humble opinion is the bare minimum for cohousing to work really well) or more. I'd be the last person to discourage any community building that leads to more cohousing-like living. Just hope to discourage unrealistic expectations a bit. Joani Blank Old Oakland CoHousing/ Doyle Street CoHousing (SF Bay Area)
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