|Re: Rhapsodizing about Retrofit||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H. Olson (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Wed, 11 Feb 1998 09:19:33 -0600|
On Sat, 7 Feb 1998, Joani Blank wrote: > > I've visited N Street, and I think it would be an thoroughly delightful ... > But I have some words of > caution for those of you who occasionally rhapsodize about N Street or read > here the rhapsodizing of others. Joani, Thanks for the dose of realism. I agree that the time required to develop a retrofit cohousing community is likely long. Actually the timeline is likely to be very different and intermediate states are very different - evolving and less hectic. Also the eventual result is likely to involve fewer full member households and the layout will clearly be less optimum. It's also true that N Street had numerous fortuitous characteristics. However others have other strengths which we hope to build on. I use "hope" on purpose, the eventual result of attempts to organize retrofit cohousing are far from clear. And accumulated experience is still sparse. But to keep things in perspective, remember that only some attempts to build new construction cohousing ultimately succeed. I checked and in my (1995?) article about retrofit cohousing ** , I cited similar reservations but concluded: "Despite the many tradeoffs, retrofit cohousing may offer the best prospects for some of us to develop the community in urban areas that we dream of." ** Follow the link : "One description of Retrofit cohousing" at http://freenet.msp.mn.us/housing/cohousing/retrofit/ Fred Whose Homewood (retrofit) Cohousing related potluck and racial dialogue mailing list has grown to 30 and about 90% have networked voice mail or email but we still run around dropping off notices and article reprints. And Fred dreams of putting in conduit for a local network. Dream on. -- Fred H. Olson fholson [at] cohousing.org Minneapolis,MN 55411 (612)588-9532 Amateur radio: WB0YQM List manager of: Cohousing-L See www.cohousing.org and nbhd-tc the Twin Cities Neighborhood issues list. See www.freenet.msp.mn.us
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