Re: Cohousing and car sharing
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Date: Tue, 21 Sep 1999 14:50:52 -0600 (MDT)
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Have you heard of such communities in Ontario? Are there any other types of
communities besides cohousing and cooperative?



-----Original Message-----
From: Rob Sandelin <floriferous [at]>
To: Multiple recipients of list <cohousing-l [at]>
Date: Tuesday, September 21, 1999 10:47 AM
Subject: RE: Cohousing and car sharing

>I doubt cohousing will ever evolve much in the way of car ownership
>The private property ownership model of cohousing is very intrenched in the
>Cohousing definition and Americans in general,and  this is one of the
>filters of cohousing.  Next to a house, a car is the next most expensive
>property and status that Americans own. Since you filter in people who find
>home ownership important, then sharing car ownership is not likely to find
>much interest. I would suspect that in communities that do not have home
>ownership as a central tenet, that sharing ownership of cars would be
>easier. For example, I know of 4 income sharing communities that share
>ownership of their fleet.
>The private ownership boundaries of cohousing set some clear limitations in
>most groups. For instance, I have not heard of cohousing groups sharing
>income or doing income support when a member loses their job. In the condo
>model that most groups adopt, each individual is responsible for their own
>mortgage and if you can't cut it economically, well, see you later. So
>economic support is not typically part of cohousing, and sharing a car is a
>large economic issue.

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