So is it cohousing?
From: Fred H Olson (
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2007 07:47:51 -0800 (PST)
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(Responding to Rob Sandelin's Feb. 7th "So is it cohousing?")

So, it's the building, not the building, eh!

Monty Berman    Founding member, EcoVillage at Ithaca.

Rob wrote:

One of the interesting dynamics of developer driven community is when the
people actually get into their homes, will they have the commitment and
bonds to be a community? Community is not made by a building, it is a
deliberate relationship that you enter into willingly and with purpose.
Without that relationship, all the common elements in the world will not
make a community happen. There are not a lot of developer driven
communities yet, so it will be interesting to evaluate them in say 5 years
after people move in, and see what happened. Intention is really
important, and I have wondered how a developer would create intention if
faced with a conflict between intention and sales. If sales are lagging,
would the developer hold on to the intention, or would they bale.

Rob Sandelin
Sharingwood Cohousing
Naturalist, Writer
The Environmental Science School

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