|Re: Massachusetts Cohousing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Diane Simpson (dqsworld.std.com)|
|Date: Sun, 4 Oct 1998 09:31:40 -0500|
Hi David and the List! I can only update you on the status of Jamaica Plain (JP) cohousing, but hopefully others on this list can fill you in on the other questions you asked. After our cohousing discussion group disbanded a little over a year ago, Dave and I took some time out to think about what we were going to do next. In retrospect it seems to have been a foolish idea to get together a hodge-podge of people with an interest in cohousing but with vastly different timetables, financial abilities, and housing preferences. Many people in the discussion group did not even share Dave's and my own most fundamental value, which was to be located in Jamaica Plain. This was the result of the intial core founders not sorting out their own values before starting the group. So, where we ended up was no one's fault but our own. As a result, we have decided to proceed much more slowly and cautiously this time. We have met with another couple who shares our vision of a retrofit cohousing community in Jamaica Plain, and are starting to search for a three-family or six-family triple decker that could serve as a base for an expanding cohousing group, just like N-Street has done in Davis California, and just like "Community Now" has done in Rochester, New York. We're thinking small--twelve units would probably be the limit. Low cost and access to green space are also major elements in our vision. I am also planning to re-launch the Jamaica Plain Cohousing Network at the First Annual "Community Life" fair (see press release snippet below) on October 24. Membership in the Network will be only about $5 or $10 a year--just enough to cover mailings and meeting space. It will also hopefully be a way of getting people to join the National Cohousing Network. I have just about finalized an arrangement with a local arts group for us to be able to have a Group Membership in their organization, so that we would be able to have meetings there. This would give potential cohousers the opportunity to meet and network with one another, and spin off other groups. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * P R E S S R E L E A S E * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Contact Person:Diane Simpson telephone (days) 617-867-1780 telephone (eves) 617-522-2209 e-mail: dqs [at] world.std.com Address: 263 Chestnut Avenue, Apt.1 Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 The First Church Social Justice Committee presents: the "Community Life" fair to be held on October 24 from 12-4 at the First Church Unitarian-Universalist in Jamaica Plain (by the Monument).This event is cosponsored by the Jamaica Plain Historical Society. A key speaker at this event will be Kathleen Hirsch, talking about her new book "A Home in the Heart of the City" which celebrates the arts organizations, social organizations and local people that have made Jamaica Plain the special place that it is today. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - >On Fri, 02 Oct 1998 David Twomey wrote: >I've been away and off the list for a while and was hoping someone could >update me on the following. >1. Status of Newton, JP and Brookline cohousing >2. Any attempts at starting cohousing on the North Shore >3. Any new Massachusetts cohousing groups formed in the last year >4. Names of Massachusetts Cohousing resources @@ DQS [at] WORLD.STD.COM @@ @@@@ Diane Simpson http://world.std.com/~dqs @@@@ | | J P C O H O U S I N G N E T W O R K | | | "| 263 Chestnut Ave. #1 |" | | V| Boston, MA 02130-4436 617-522-2209 |V | ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Massachusetts Cohousing David Twomey, October 2 1998
- Re: Massachusetts Cohousing Diane Simpson, October 4 1998
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