Re: Definition of Cohousing
From: Raines Cohen (
Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2003 13:37:02 -0600 (MDT)
On 6/3/03 10:50 AM, Sharon Villines <sharon [at]> wrote:

>In looking over the list of communities listed at the site,
>there are some that are not what I would call cohousing -- income sharing
>and living communally are not part of the definition. Pinon Ecovillage in
>Santa Fe for example seems to be far from the definition.

Yes, and I believe you will not find them included in our printed 
directory in our annual report last month - we applied tighter screening 
to that, and removed communities that were using the term "cohousing" in 
a radically different sense than we are, like shared room rental in a 

Look for upcoming changes on the community list page to reflect a clearer 
vision of what cohousing is and isn't, among other things (such as 
cloaked email addresses to prevent community contacts from receiving as 
much spam).

>It would be confusing to people who are trying to get a grasp on the
>definition if they looked the communities listed as cohousing.

But the vast majority of the communities out there fit the "classical" 
definitions in most criteria. Think of it as the exception that proves 
the rule, if that helps.


Raines Cohen <my initials,2,dash,coho,dash,L at my first name .com>

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