Re: Cohousing failures
From: Judy Baxter (
Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2000 11:24:08 -0700 (MST)

You wrote:
<<However, one commissioner sat with a frown on her face the entire time,
saying she was worried that if the project fails, the township will get
stuck maintaining our community infrastructure.

I would like to know if there are any cases of cohousing communities that
have "failed" after move-in. Are there any other statistics on success
rates? And, is there any information on waiting lists for existing or
developing communities, etc., that would bolster our case?

If i understand you right, she is worried about a bankruptcy/mortgage  type
failure.  I haven't heard of any such in cohousing (is that right, all of you
out there?)

There was some discussion last august of 
"Failure of cohousing as communties: call for community building", by Rob
Sandelin - check the archives.

The gist was that if the community part fails, in part due to possibly
financial reasons for being there rather than intent to be part of a community,
coho can turn into ordinary condo.  I assume your commissioner wouldn't care.

As for waiting lists, there was some stuff in the Marketing/Selling workshop at
the National Conference - certainly some groups have them.  I don't hve my notes

Good Luck-


Judy Baxter, Monterey Cohousing Community,(MoCoCo) Twin Cities Area, Mpls.,MN
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