|Re: NIMBY opposition||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Alexander Robin A (alexande.robiuwlax.edu)|
|Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2007 13:38:59 -0800 (PST)|
Some good points here, but one key one missing: there's nothing about cohousing that implies the need for multi-family housing. My previous cohousing, Eno Commons in Durham NC, consists of separate houses and some duplexes. Except for the lack of cars in front of the houses it could pass for a regular neighborhood. In short, cohousing doesn't imply any specific format except for the existence of a commons house of some sort. Robin A ________________________________ From: Rob Sandelin [mailto:floriferous [at] msn.com] Sent: Thu 1/11/2007 11:53 AM To: 'Cohousing-L' Subject: Re: [C-L]_ NIMBY opposition Single family housing neighborhoods have every right to not want multi-family housing in their block. It changes the densities, increases traffic, and multi-family housing is often viewed in a negative light because it brings in changes. Once you let in one via zoning, then dozens more can come in, developers start buying up houses and putting in apartments. This is a very real dynamic in many places and people who buy homes in residential neighborhoods do not generally like this change. Cohousing might not have ANYTHING to do with it, its just peoples desire to keep single family homes. Another aspect I became aware of is that when you sit in the audience and watch a cohousing presentation it comes off as a very liberal political thing, often the promoters of cohousing talk about environmental stuff, social stuff that is very liberal and this too adds a spin. I once knew a guy who was a successful small neighborhood developer and I watched him work a small town city council for a proposal. Prior to his first meeting he went and got information about the politics and interests of the council members. I recall in the pre-meeting small talk he made up some story about fishing and in doing so, he connected with one of the council members who was an avid fisherman, and by the time the meeting was starting they were chatting together like old friends. This developer never spent a day in his life fishing but he knew how to work the politics. His proposal was accepted at a later public meeting, but he laid the personal political ground works several weeks prior to the actual public hearing. I concluded from this experience that this is how the system works, and if you want to get in on it, you have to get yourself into the good ole boy network, or whatever political network exists EARLY.. If your only connection is at the actual public meeting, then it is WAY TO LATE to impact the outcome. This theory has actually paid off for me in some local environmental politics. Rob Sandelin Sharingwood Cohousing Naturalist, Writer The Environmental Science School http://www.nonprofitpages.com/nica/SVE.htm ><((((º>`·..·`·..·`·...><((((º>...·`·..·`·...><((((º>.·`·..·`·...><((((º>.·` ·..·`·...><((((º>·.. ><((((º> ·`·..·`·...·..·`><((((º>.·`·..·`·...><((((º>.·`·..·`·...><((((º>..·`·..·`·.. .><((((º>·.. ·`·..·`·....·`·..·`·...><((((º> -- No virus found in this outgoing message. Checked by AVG Free Edition. Version: 7.1.410 / Virus Database: 268.16.9/622 - Release Date: 1/10/2007 _________________________________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/
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