|Re: Relative wealth||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: patjavcc (patjavccaol.com)|
|Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2006 11:40:25 -0700 (PDT)|
We had a strict 'no customizations' policy when building JP Cohousing. Once you get into customizations, the cost of the entire project (including the less fancy units) goes up substantially. What we ended up doing was spending extra resources in the commonhouse - high end appliances, flooring, counters, etc. This is of course for the enjoyment of everyone. The individual unit finishes were all a medium quality which was nice but allowed for mixed income as well. Those who could afford to upgrade, have and will do so. Patti Lautner Resident - JPCohousing Boston -----Original Message----- From: seniorcohousing [at] cox.net To: cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org Sent: Sun, 15 Oct 2006 11:45 AM Subject: [C-L]_ Relative wealth In some of the earlier literature about cohousing, much was said about equality of units--that is, while yours might have three bedrooms for your passel of kids and mine is just a studio, the finish would be almost identical. I understand why this makes sense from a contractor's costs point of view--this isn't what my question is about. I'm wondering how important the SOCIAL ramifications of this is to a community. As someone PLANNING a community, I'm wondering if it would make so much difference now that some of us are a little older and one hopes wiser. I don't resent the fabulous water-view house of my stinking rich friend: but I sure do like sitting on her veranda. Nor do I snear at another friend's rental furnished with Salvation Army rejects. Can all three of us live in cohousing together, the wealthier choosing (or maybe not) to have a plusher finish to her unit, while our mutual friend might need some help with her downpayment and so will put up with the most basic finish? or will the differences in wealth in such a tight community cause friction? I don't want to live in a middle class ghetto. I'd really prefer the mixture of richer and poorer. But if the only way to do this is for the richer to live poorer, it's going to be a tough sell to some of our prospects. Nina, Ocean State CoHousing _________________________________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/ ________________________________________________________________________ Check out the new AOL. Most comprehensive set of free safety and security tools, free access to millions of high-quality videos from across the web, free AOL Mail and more.
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