|Re: FAQs for New Members||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: joanne baek (joannebaekyahoo.com)|
|Date: Wed, 28 May 2008 07:02:07 -0700 (PDT)|
I appreciated the link to these FAQs, but I do disagree with some of them, at least if one extracts these FAQs about this particualr development and applys it to cohousing as a whole. I think cohousing is inherently an ownership model, upon which one designs and builds and hopes to acheive community. Any implication that it could NOT be used to design lowcost housing and even subsidized housing does our society, community, and future would-be low-end cohousing developers a great disservice. And I think that society, persons with limited funds, and cohousing generally have a great deal to gain by those who might create the alternative low-end versions of cohousing. I believe the cohousing model was "imported" from Denmark. And if I am not mistaken, its use there spreads much further across economic strata, excluding few? I've not looked into this for awhile, and others may be more aware of the history and practice there. But to my thinking, there is nothing inherently elite-ist or exclusionary about cohousing except in practice; its only the standard approaches to how we house ourselves in this country, and how we do project development, that channels our creativity into the approaches that have limited access to mostly people with ample assets and/or income. I am very low income, with very minimal savings. I want to be one of those who helps bring about cohousing for those with minimal resources, and I'm hoping for others to join in. But if the poor people are sent away by information that says, "Nope, not in cohousing," I won't be able to find others or work with them to develope the options. And as I said, I think that would be a disservice to all. Joanne ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ For new members -- I just saw a list of FAQs about cohousing that I think is very good. It defines cohousing clearly both in terms of what it is and what it is not -- like a solution to the affordable housing crisis or subsidized housing. It's short, clear, and honest: http://www.brooklyncohousing.org/faq.shtml I obviously haven't seen everyone's list and theirs may be just as good. I just ran across this one. Sharon
- FAQs for New Members Sharon Villines, May 27 2008
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