|January 2003 Coho/US e-Letter||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Raines Cohen (rc2-coho-Lraines.com)|
|Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2004 11:03:19 -0700 (MST)|
Cohousing e-Letter January 17, 2003 The Cohousing Association of the United States http://www.cohousing.org/ Welcome to the latest issue of the Coho/US e-newsletter on cohousing news, developments and trends. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * C O H O / U S U P D A T E * "Getting Started - The Nuts & Bolts of Creating a Cohousing Community" is the title of the next workshop sponsored by Coho/US. This educational offering in San Diego, Calif., is set for Friday and Saturday, January 30-31. The workshop will be led by two cohousing pioneers ? Zev Paiss and Neshama Abraham of Nomad Cohousing in Boulder, CO. Only a few spaces remain for this workshop, and while the early-bird deadline has passed, readers of this e-Letter can receive the reduced rate of $100 if you register before Sunday at midnight. The price includes a slide show/discussion Friday evening, a daylong workshop with lunch on Saturday and a comprehensive workbook on how to get started. More information: 303-413-8066 or http://www.cohousing.org/news/seminars.html * Building the Cohousing movement in the U.S. is the focus for Coho/US in 2004. We're already off to a good start in planning tours (including new tours in Massachusetts and elsewhere), sponsoring workshops and redesigning our communication program to reach as many people as we can. Our mostly volunteer network has been remarkably successful with limited resources, but our modest budget only goes so far. Put in perspective, the average local developer spends more money marketing a single tract of suburban homes than our Association spends promoting cohousing across the entire U.S. We thank the many donors who gave at year's end and if you aren't one of them, there's still time to make a New Year's resolution to support Coho/US. Go to our website today and make a tax-deductible contribution today. More information: https://secure2.anu.net/cohousing/join/join.html * Cohousing magazine will debut online in the next two weeks with a full plate of feature articles and the latest news. Leading off the features will be a "day-in-the-life" story about a group of children who helped an injured cohouser. In another report, a cohousing expert offers sage advice on how communities can adopt effective pet policies. The issue also contains useful ideas on marketing, building and living in cohousing. If you got this e-Letter directly from us, you'll automatically receive Cohousing magazine elecronically; if your copy was forwarded, you need to subscribe via our website (use the "request info" form). More information: http://www.cohousing.org/ * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * C O M M U N I T I E S * Cohousing lost a dear friend New Years Day with the death of Evelyn F. Schwaber, 86, of Santa Rosa, Calif. Evelyn was a veteran peace and civil rights activist who was instrumental in helping to build Southside Park Cohousing in the early 1990s. She is remembered by her daughter as "a quirky, feisty, strong, courageous, funny, in-your-face woman" who believed strife and hostility could be eased if people would just listen to one another. A memorial service was scheduled for Jan. 16 in the common house of Southside Park Cohousing, Sacramento, CA. Go to article: http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/obituaries/story/8062573p-8995332c.html * A business and environmental coalition in Washington, D.C., has recognized Eastern Village Cohousing in Silver Spring, Md. as an excellent example of smart growth. The project, currently under construction, involves a rehab of an existing commercial building into an attractive housing complex with 60 loft-type units. The Smart Growth Alliance cited the project's use of an existing structure and its proximity to public transportation and shopping. Eastern Village Cohousing is being developed by Eco Housing in Bethesda, Md. This recognition can help the developers gain government approval more quickly. More information: http://www.easternvillage.org/ * When it rains, it pours: East Bay Cohousing (EBCOHO), after several years of transition and hibernation (with the group core kept alive by Coho/US board member Raines Cohen), is back and recently active in the greater Oakland (CA) area near San Francisco, home to a hotbed of cohousing activity. Members of the umbrella regional group, which focuses on community-building and cohousing education, are pursuing not one but at least TWO exciting potential sites. One, in the Millsmont neighborhood of the Oakland hills, would encompass several acres, a rare find in a crowded city. Another, just west of the major MacArthur BART transit hub, would provide high-density urban living in a mixed-use setting, just a short ride from San Francisco. Organizing meetings around both are happening in the coming week. More information: http://www.ebcoho.org/ * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * C O H O U S I N G I N T H E N E W S * The Los Angeles Times published a 2,000-word feature story last month profiling Tierra Nueva Cohousing in central California. Calling cohousing "a 21st century version of a long-ago village," the article chronicled the struggles and joys of building and living in cohousing, and advised that one key to success is hiring an experienced cohousing developer who can help navigate legal, political and financial obstacles. Coho/US board member Katie McCamant of The Cohousing Company described cohousing as "an extended family without the baggage." Go to article: (registration required) http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/013/metro/Household_wastes+.shtml * A few weeks back the San Francisco Chronicle ran a story highlighting the completion of Sonoma County Cohousing in Cotati, where 30 households moved in after five years of planning and building. The article said the mayor of the city saw the project as "an excellent example of high-density housing that nonetheless preserves Cotati's small-town quality." The mixed-use project contains some commercial space where some residents plan to have offices. More information: http://www.cotaticohousing.org/ * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * C O H O U S I N G E V E N T S Jan. 21, Wednesday, 7 PM: "An Introduction to Cohousing" slide show with Coho/US board member Kathryn McCamant, Cohousing Company offices, Berkeley, CA. http://www.cohousingco.com/cale.htm Jan. 30, Friday, 7 PM: "The Advantages of Living in Community" slide and video show with Zev and Neshama, San Diego, CA. $5. http://www.cohousing.org/news/seminars.html Jan. 31, Sat.: "Creating Cohousing - The Nuts And Bolts of Building A Cohousing Community", workshop with Zev and Neshama, San Diego, CA. $100-$125. Inexpensive airfares still available. http://www.cohousing.org/news/seminars.html Mar. 13, Sat.: Northern California Cohousing [bus] Tour. http://www.cohousing.org/news/tours.html Mar. 27, Sat.: Massachusetts Cohousing [bus] Tour. http://www.cohousing.org/news/tours.html We want to tell people about your event! Write to us at editor [at] cohousing.org. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Cohousing e-Letter is published by The Cohousing Association of the United States for its supporters and others interested in cohousing. This issue was edited by Coho/US board member Dennis Jay and publications coordinator Evangeline Welch. Please feel free to forward this newsletter to others who might be interested. Send comments about this newsletter or your cohousing activities to editor [at] cohousing.org. Raines Cohen <my initials,2,dash,coho,dash,L at my first name .com> Member, Swan's Market Coho [Oakland, CA] <http://www.swansway.com/> Where my studio loft unit will be available for short-term rental. Secretary, Berkeley [CA] Cohousing Where we took our annual group picture when almost everybody was in town for once. Supporter, East Bay Cohousing <http://www.ebcoho.org/> Looking at TWO sites in the Oakland area! Boardmember, Coho/US <http://www.cohousing.org/> Last chance for the "Getting-It-Built" workshop in San Diego Jan 30. _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L
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