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|From: Don Westlight (donadmin.ogi.edu)|
|Date: Tue, 2 Jan 2001 11:18:34 -0700 (MST)|
Shelly DeMeo, Greater Hartford Cohousing <Tonka444 [at] aol.com> writes: > Also, any inspiring stories of the dark times right before site > acquisition might help our group and others in this difficult stage. Shelly, Hang in there. Site selection is really tough, one generally thrashes around for a year or so, and when opportunity finially does knock it is a glass half full and half empty. Nobody wanted to give us a city park either... we kicked around fruitlessly until we discovered a parcel which had not gone on the market yet. We then had to decide more or less instantly, and while the site has been a challenge in that it has two streams and protected songbird habitat, it is beautiful and I believe we are doing it justice. For me one of the hardest parts of getting a coho community going has been saying goodbye to good friends along the way. In a way, building a community is a step by step process of trading horizon sized open ended dreams for a few very specific dreams. Every time our group made a substantial decision during the development phases, one or more parties took the opportunity to leave. In particular, the choice of site, and the terms of the bank deal were two watershed events where people, some of them very good friends, simply left. This is a normal process, and in the face of it, we have built our community, as have many other folks around the country. I never did write a poem about site selection, but I did one about bankers which I've appended, and as a postscript, we did get through it -- Cascadia Commons finished fourteen homes last August, and twelve more plus the common house and shop will finish in March of this year. We've still got some available, but with a commute from Portland Oregon, I'll leave the decision to you ;-) Let it suffice that building a coho community is possible to do, and that new people come along, but the only way it happens is through sheer determination. When one is in the thick of it, the main thing is to keep on going and spread the work as evenly as possible... Cheers and good luck -Don Don Westlight Cascadia Commons Cohousing www.cascadiacommons.com [August 1999 - Don Westlight] Ode to Bankers, Why is it bankers never say no directly? always, one more condition one more form... advice from this or that lawyer Always polite "we'd love to help you." several odd months later "we'd love to help you." but no signatures only pending meetings I, for one, am tired of waiting aren't we all waiting for bankers feels like a bad drug I am not surprised by the letdown I want a new damn bank a year ago. I wonder what it is we need how many more times can we do this? The saddest thing one can say of any dream is that it became in the end a financial matter. The precedent is clear we can have our dreams or our money but doubtful both I'd love to serve "banker on a stick" in the end, it is only an image whatever happens we have come so far Yes I'd like another "helping of banker" now. The last one was too gritty. The one before that, stale. Anybody got antacids? -Don PS. Thoreau grows on me as time goes on.
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