Re: Ashland, OR news article
From: Karen Scheer (
Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2006 10:44:17 -0800 (PST) jd.htm The link has to be all on one line to work as a link. Otherwise, copy & paste it onto your web browser. Hope this works! Thanks for all the good info, Raine!

On Nov 18, 2006, at 10:30 AM, Raines Cohen wrote:

On Nov 18, 2006, at 9:09 AM, Karen Scheer wrote:
Hey!  We made the local papers!

Congrats, Karen. I had some trouble clicking on the link you
provided, here's another attempt:

Some key excerpts:

The opener:
Based on alternative energy, community gardening and "being there"
for each other in a multi-generational, interactive setting, a $3.2
million, 13-home co-housing project is seeing the rafters rise
after a contentious journey through City Hall.

Newspapers thrive on creating controversy... sometimes it seems like
they accentuate the negative, or the alternative (i.e. "weird"). This
has a little of that, but it comes out net positive.

"It's been four years of hard work, but now I'm really excited
about seeing it done and working," says project designer Melanie
Mindlin, an original member who went on to live elsewhere. "It was
hard for the neighbors to lose this nice, open field, but now one
of them says she's going to take down her fence and open her yard
to the commons."

This is exciting, the prospect of building community-in-place,
perhaps associate members, that connect with the community through

The main misconception, says Huston, is that co-housing is a
commune. It isn't. You still own and sell your own home but you
share ownership of a garden, open space and commons hall, which has
a kitchen, dining room, children's play area and multi-purpose room
for arts, crafts and yoga.

Newspaper headline writers are in love with the term. I've given up
on trying to keep them from using the word, but having helpful
explanations like this is very useful.

There are 80 co-housing projects in the U.S. with another 120 under

We just ran some new numbers for the cohousing booth at the Green
Festival in San Francisco, and we come up with 93 completed
communities and 107 under development (including early-stage
formation, some of which will never end up with a site). It depends
on how you count 'em and where you draw the lines, but we're
discovering new ones every day that haven't registered on our list,
even well into the process.

Note that the story has related forums, where you can register and
comment. I try to do that to build engagement and correct errors in
stories I see. There doesn't seem to be a thread ("topic") up yet
about this story, but there is an interesting one debating how/
whether Californians are ruining Southern Oregon (seems a little more
centered around Medford than Ashland):


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