|Cohousing or No Housing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H. Olson (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Wed, 20 Oct 1999 11:33:34 -0600 (MDT)|
Below are a few excerpts from and article "Cohousing or No Housing" _Conscious Choice, The Journal of Ecology & Natural Living_ The full article is currently available at: http://www.consciouschoice.com/features/cohousing1204.html As of 1997, there were 52 cohousing communities in 18 states. Most of the time, cohousing implies a suburban or rural setting with plush surroundings, maybe a pond or stream, and abundant wildlife. However, some creative groups of people have brought it to cities. In urban settings, cohousing brings the possibility of home ownership to low income families, especially in areas that are being re-gentrified. Here in Chicago, three diverse groups represent the heart of the cohousing movement. .. The Acme Artists Co-op, founded by the Near Northwest Arts Council (NNWAC), is a group of artists who have come together to form a new arts community in the shadow of the old. They have purchased an unused warehouse just beyond the boundary of Wicker Park and have plans to renovate it into 21 residential units and four commercial spaces. In contrast to the gated communities being touted by real estate developers as luxury townhomes, the artists have embraced the ideology of cohousing. .. Woodlawn Development Associates (WDA), a nonprofit .... The Woodlawn cohousing project is currently looking for more households to join them. You must subscribe to their principles of diversity to be part of the group. .. This is Ujima Place, a cohousing development on Chicago's west side, where eight households have built a community based on the principle of ujima, which, in the Kwanzaa tradition translates as "coming together." Members of this development came together through the [Note Ujima Place was formerly known as Harambee Homes] BTW below are two articles about Perry Bigelow, the "Energy Efficiency Maestro" who developed Ujima Place. The first article goes into detail about how Bigelow achieves energy efficiency AND affordability. I think the article refers to Ujima Place but not by name (see "supporter housing"). Neither mentions cohousing directly, apparently Bigelow primarily develops "production housing" and some "custom housing" and these articles are from the energy efficiency trade publications. I wonder if he'd be inclined to do more cohousing ala Jim Leach of Wonderland Developers (I often express or hear the dream of cloning Jim Leach to facilitate the development of cohousing :) I wonder if they know each other. http://hem.dis.anl.gov/eehem/94/940308.html http://www.eren.doe.gov/buildings/partner_aehc.html Fred -- Fred H. Olson fholson [at] cohousing.org Minneapolis,MN 55411 (612)588-9532 Amateur radio: WB0YQM List manager of: Cohousing-L See http://www.cohousing.org and Nbhd-tc -- Twin Cities Neighborhood issues list. See http://freenet.msp.mn.us
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