Re: so will it be cohousing? Richdale Place in Cambridge, MA
From: Dave and Diane (
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2007 18:36:48 -0800 (PST)
Hi all,
I have retitled this thread, 'so "will it" be cohousing?' because I think cohousing is less about the actual "bricks and mortar" and more about the attitudes of the people after they move in. Do they make a dedicated effort to create community? Do they actively strive to resolve conflicts? Do they make it a point to try to draw people in? How much time to they put into the maintenance and feeding of their community? Is there any money in the budget for retreats and workshops so people can continue to understand one anothers' differences, or is it all about putting away money to repair the roof? There is so much time and effort dedicated to construction timelines, budgets, and finance during the development process that affective learning often gets short shift. I gave a presentation on cohousing three or four years ago at the Harvest Food Co-op in Cambridge and the realtor for Richdale Place, Jean Leveaux, was one of two people who showed up. So I would not scoff at developer-driven cohousing--I think it's an interesting concept, and I would like to see more discussion about it on this list.

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On Wednesday, February 7, 2007, at 09:33 PM, cohousing-l-request [at] wrote:

Date: Wed, 7 Feb 2007 17:47:38 -0800
From: Raines Cohen <rc3-coho-L [at]>
Subject: [C-L]_ so is it cohousing? Richdale Place in Cambridge, MA

3 stories, 20 units. Under construction, framed, built enough for
site tours by last November. 2008 occupancy?

It's virtually nextdoor to Cambridge Cohousing, being developed by
Cambridge Cohousing's developer (and resident) Gwendolyn Noyes. It's
developer-driven, with community-building as part of the process,
developer-sponsored monthly meetings of future residents with a
trained facilitator, training investment, etc.

  It links to but doesn't explicitly
reference cohousing, no, wait, they do get explicit in one spot:
Background for Community:

Richdale Place is the latest in a growing number of condominium
residences that Oaktree Development has created especially to be
community-oriented. It is one of our primary corporate goals to
design projects which enable people to enjoy the benefits of
neighborliness within an urban condominium dwelling. American
mobility fosters what is often not a natural or happy lifestyle. In
response to the sense of isolation some people experience, a new
form of housing, called Cohousing, has become popular. In
Cohousing, a group comes together with the intention of finding a
site, designing, and then building a community. This takes enormous
dedication and a long time, and many people who are otherwise
attracted to such a friendly and natural way of life don't have the
time to give to the endeavor. It's being represented by a realtor.
So is this modern fast-track cohousing for busy people who don't want
to take the time to develop it from scratch?

Here's what's listed for common amenities:
I couldn't glean enough from the sketches and views to determine how
pedestrian-oriented it will be, but with parking below

My answer would be "yes"... what's yours?

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