Re: Re: starting it alone (was Risks)
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Thu, 9 Dec 2004 06:27:14 -0800 (PST)
On Dec 9, 2004, at 9:18 AM, Sharon Villines wrote:

The A-1 thing like about cohousing is (1) knowing all my neighbors, (2) having all my neighbors know each other, and 93) the more casual social contacts that having common spaces fosters.

I would also add the more considerate way of deciding how space and resources will be used. Our complex is like other condos I've lived in and self-managing rather than having a hired manager is much more preferable, even if you hired all the work done by someone else. Managers come in with such a different attitude toward what the piazza or the children's play space should look like, for instance. It isn't just that our standards are more relaxed, but the community flows and changes as the children grow and people change. In a professionally managed, impersonal condo, that doesn't happen. If your needs change, you move -- sometimes just to a different part of a large complex, but you move. It doesn't change unless management changes. And since all the managers are taught by the same people, they are pretty much standard.

Sharon Villines, Editor and Publisher
Building Community: A Newsletter on Coops, Condos, Cohousing, and Other New Neighborhoods

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