cohousing culture
From: Gerald Manata (
Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2007 13:29:06 -0700 (PDT)
     Main stream American middle class culture is probably the most difficult 
culture on earth to marry with cohousing. Is there a cohousing community out 
there that, other than setting up the group mechancis of cohousing, actually 
operates on or has created a counter-or cohousing culture to replace the main 
stream middle class American culture many members come in with and continue to 
try to hold on to. In other words, has any group tried, objectively and 
pragmatically, to analyze and identify its values, ethics, morals, mores, 
customs, etiquette, folkways, formalities,lifestyles, etc., find a way to 
eliminate from people's lives/the community the interpersonal 
distance/coolness, personal greed and materialism, environmental 
distructiveness and poor diets, abusive childrearing practices, etc. of middle 
class America and replace them with a culture more in tune with community or 
village living still preserving Western democratic principals?
    If so, can you discribe what you have created and how  you did it? 

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