Re: The $200,000 invisible wall
From: Deb Smyre (
Date: Mon, 18 May 1998 09:21:29 -0500
At 08:13 PM 5/17/98 -0500, Rob Sandelin wrote:
>So we have built a $200,000 wall of middle classism around ourselves,
>out any others who don't have lots of money. Of course this is NOT unique to 
>Sharingwood, in fact, almost all cohousing units require incomes of
$60,000 or 
>greater to purchase the mortgage.

Doesn't this defeat much of the spirit of co-housing?  Without
socioeconomic diversity among residents, it's easy to level the criticism
that co-housing is no more than suburban sprawl.   Does Sharingwood make
extra efforts at outreach with surrounding communities to help balance this
insular "middle-classism"?  Otherwise, what's the point when the only
community-building that takes place is among carbon copy people?

Deb Smyre
E-Mail:   dsmyre [at]

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