|Re: getting off the ground||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Patty M Gourley (pattymarajuno.com)|
|Date: Wed, 3 Jan 2001 11:05:55 -0700 (MST)|
Dear Don and List, Thanks to Don for the articulate description of site selection, and the consequences. In Don's words: " For me one of the hardest parts of getting a coho community going has been saying goodbye to good friends along the way. " This was true for us at Tierra Nueva, on the central CA coast. Our founding group searched for a couple of years in the San Luis Obispo area, with several hopeful sites being snatched away or number crunched to oblivion. This quaint little town with walkable downtown streets and a university and art and culture and bike paths and creek was the original dream destination. After several disappointments the group foundered, with no promise of land available or affordable. Then, out of the blue, an elder who had earlier offered 5 acres of land for sale (much too expensive) (20 minutes south of San Luis in the suberbs with no bus lines or connections), decided that she would be willing to "give" the group the land, with some definite strings attached. The group responded (somewhat out of desperation) and entered into a "very long strange trip" of acquiring the land where we now live. Many friends were lost along the way with us too. But many joined in, and here we are. The original vision is just the starting point. Things happen, and the dream has to change. Funny, the same thing is happening to us after construction and move-in. I loved your banker poem, Don...I wrote too many tirade poems about our architects, but a year or so ago I resolved to release all that angst, so I won't repeat them here. Dealing with "professionals" in this long strange trip of design, development and construction was a grueling education for me. Fortunately, there are the Jim-Chris-Chuck-Katie-Mary angels who can guide new groups down the rocky paths of their dreams. coheartedly, Patty Mara Gourley Tierra Nueva, cen CA coast mmm. ________________________________________________________________ GET INTERNET ACCESS FROM JUNO! Juno offers FREE or PREMIUM Internet access for less! Join Juno today! For your FREE software, visit: http://dl.www.juno.com/get/tagj.
getting off the ground Don Westlight, January 2 2001
- Re: getting off the ground Patty M Gourley, January 3 2001
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