Re: Greater Hartford Cohousing's only viable site..
From: Elizabeth Stevenson (
Date: Sun, 8 Apr 2001 15:32:01 -0600 (MDT)
There will always be people who are lost after site selection, as is the 
case with every major transition. Just choose something most of the group
can live with.

We have to live with loud rap music in the good weather. For the most part,
I don't hear it anymore. But the same people who have teenagers who play
loud rap "music" also make food that smells delicious all day long. It's a
yin/yang thing. We have everything close by, and I love living in the city.
If you need to locate in a poorer neighborhood, I suggest trying to find one
that, like ours, is stable and has many people who have lived here for a
long time, with an active neighborhood association. Not all poor/working
class neighborhoods are alike. There are gems to be found, if you take off
the "people have to have money to care" blinders that most people who rush
to the suburbs have.

Liz Stevenson
Southside Park Cohousing
Sacramento, California

>From: "S. Hamer" <shamer_ [at]>
>To: cohousing-l [at]
>Subject: Re: [C-L]_Greater Hartford Cohousing's only viable site..
>Date: Sun, Apr 8, 2001, 10:48 AM

> I think many cohousing communities want affordabe housing, and therefore
> must acquire land that might not be the most prime.
> At Cambridge Cohousing we had to look at sites that had something
> undesirable about them, because that is all that is left in Cambridge. We
> chose a site that was in a transitional neighborhood and on the communter
> railroad track. When I say on, I mean that sitting in my living room,t he
> train is about 20 feet from me. But it is a communter line and only comes
> about 22 times a day, clustered mainly around commuter hours, not overnight,
> and only for a bout 8 seconds a shot. The vibrations are hard on the paint
> and structure, but no one else's existing house around here has fallen down,
> so I suppose our's won't.
> Sharon Hamer
> Cambridge Cohousing
> Cambridge, Massachusetts
> shamer_ [at]
> On Sat, 7 Apr 2001 13:03:51 -0400, cohousing-l [at] wrote:
>>  Hello--
>>  I had a questions for those of you living in cohousing right now.  Do you
> have regrets about the site you chose?  Do you feel your group had to make
> sacrifices and let go of that perfect land ideal?  And, if you did made do
> with the site you had, are you glad you did? Or were you unable to "sell the
> site" to others.
>>  Our group's only viable piece of land at the moment is a 40 acre parcel
> of lightly-wooded farmland, abutting a high school in the small Connecticut
> town of East Granby.  The problem is that the site is about 1/2 a mile from
> a gun club (some people are nervous about that although it seems well
> regulated) and the site is close to Bradley International Airport, here in
> Connecticut.  While planes do not fly over our land, you definitely hear
> them around and occasionally see one low on the horizon.  The pizza joint in
> town is called the Landing Zone Pizza House!
>>  Thanks for any advice you could give us as we grapple with this decision.
>>  Shelly DeMeo
>>  Greater Hartford Cohousing
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