|Newspaper articles about cohousing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Cindy Murphy (vegetarianlibrarianyahoo.com)|
|Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2005 06:46:27 -0800 (PST)|
Here is the text of the two articles that were posted to the Akron Beacon Journal today: (Article #1) CREATING COMMUNITY CAN TAKE YEARS Creating a cohousing community can take anywhere from a few years to nearly a decade. The process usually starts with a few households that share a desire to live in a cooperative housing arrangement. As the group members research what's involved in creating a community, they often develop an ability to work together, trust one another and reach consensus -- a cornerstone of the cohousing philosophy, said Kathryn McCamant, an architect and developer of cohousing projects. ``The community starts to be created long before the sticks start to go up on the site,'' she said. Typically the cohousing group forms a partnership or limited liability corporation to buy and develop the land, said Joani Blank of the Cohousing Association of the United States. Group members are asked to make an investment toward the land purchase, usually about 6 percent or 7 percent of the expected cost of the home. Some groups work with development companies, which join in the partnership and streamline the development process. The partnership buys the land on which the neighborhood is built, but each household buys its own home. Usually the communities are set up as condominiums, Blank said, so each household owns the inside of its unit and an undivided share of the common property. Most cohousing groups never make it as far as a land purchase, however. Thomas Ruddick of Dayton Cohousing, a group that has been unable to recruit enough members to create a community, attributed that to the lack of a tradition of that kind of living arrangement in the United States and the difficulty of coordinating large groups of people to make major investments. Mary Beth Breckenridge Posted on Sat, Jan. 15, 2005 Akron Beacon Journal (Article #2) WHERE TO FIND COHOUSING HELP Here are some additional resources on cohousing: ? The Cohousing Association of the United States, www.cohousing.org or 314-754-5828. The association's Web site has a wealth of resources including an overview of cohousing, contact information for cohousing groups around the world, classified ads, links to related businesses and organizations, and information on events such as cohousing seminars and tours. ? The CoHousing Co., www.cohousingco.com or 510-549-9980. The architecture and development consulting firm was founded by American cohousing pioneers Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett. ? Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves by McCamant and Durrett (Ten Speed Press). The book offers an overview of the cohousing concept. ? The Cohousing Handbook by Chris and Kelly ScottHanson (New Society Publishers). This guide to starting a cohousing community was written by the co-owners of Cohousing Resources L.L.C., a cohousing development consulting firm. Mary Beth Breckenridge Posted on Sat, Jan. 15, 2005 Akron Beacon Journal __________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? Meet the all-new My Yahoo! - Try it today! http://my.yahoo.com
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