|Diversity and affordability||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H Olson (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Fri, 12 Jul 2002 15:11:01 -0600 (MDT)|
Craig Mosher in Berkeley CraigMosher1 [at] aol.com is the author of the message below. It was posted by Fred the Cohousing-L list manager <fholson [at] cohousing.org> because the message included HTML ; PLEASE do not post HTML, see http://csf.colorado.edu/cohousing/2001/msg01672.html -------------------- FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS -------------------- I've been gone a couple of weeks and just read the discussion on diversity and affordability. Sounds like a typical community meeting. Some really good thinking; some arguments. All grist for the mill. I am still interested in my original question, if anyone knows: How can I contact or get info on cohousing projects that have actually included subsidized units (using government or private money to cover subsidies) for low income people? Paul Fenn and Kay Argyle responded to this and I'll be in touch. Are there others? I'm also interested in other methods of allowing people of differing financial means, and differing amounts of time available for community work, to contribute according to their ability; recognizing some of the difficulties in defining ability that were raised so well. I'll be very interested to hear responses to Bruce's question about groups that have used the limited equity cooperative structure (or others) to cap the appreciation in market value that makes lower cost units unaffordable as market prices rise over time. Keeping affordable units affordable over time is tough, as Joani has reported at Swans Market in Oakland. Re: the decision-making discussion - At Project ONE (an early cohousing/intentional community project in an 84,000 sq.ft. warehouse building in San Francisco in the 1970s) - we sometimes made decisions by the method we called, "Them that does the doing, does the deciding how." So if a hallway needed painting, the folks who showed up at the scheduled time for doing it (which was set at community meeting and known to all) got to pick the color scheme. There were several obvious problems with this, of course, but it led to some creative (in the eye of the beholder) work and fewer arguments, fewer long meetings, etc. Just another in the many variations on decision-making. Craig Mosher in Berkeley _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.communityforum.net/mailman/listinfo/cohousing-l
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