Re: Very Quick Question
From: John Faust (
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2008 12:51:39 -0700 (PDT)

The problem is that the members area really isn't a wiki where collaborative
documents are built. It is a highly focused listserv (and maybe blog). That
just narrows the search but doesn't build knowledge from the widely
scattered bits of information. I think something like the IC
Wiki<>is what is being suggested.
Quite a knowledge base has accumulated there. I
would guess that is an option.

John Faust

On Mon, Aug 25, 2008 at 12:40 PM, Donna Freiermuth <editor [at]>wrote:

> It's always wonderful to see ideas for better collection of cohousing
> data that could be centrally located and more accessible.
> Coho/U.S. created a new section of its website called the Members Area
> which we hope will serve as a place for in-depth discussions and a
> repository for this type of information. All that section needs now is
> more involvement from the folks who know so much about cohousing --
> which is you -- lots of the people who read and write to Coho-L.
> If you have any interest in seeing a resource like this grow and thrive,
> please consider becoming a cohost of one of the planned (or an
> unplanned) topic room. Your interest is what matters.
> For more information about the Members Area see:
> Please email me if you have questions about what would be involved. I'd
> love to talk to you about it.
> In community,
> donna
> Editor
> /Cohousing Magazine /
> From: Kay Argyle (
> Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2008 10:23:34 -0700 (PDT)
> Physical structure and legal status tend to be stable once a community
> is finished, compared to dynamic statistics like population, which
> fluctuates - at least, in some communities, per a recent discussion :).
> It strikes me that this is, thus, one of those questions that it makes
> sense to collect the answers in a central repository, in the cohousing
> wiki or someplace, that forming groups could easily be referred to, to
> avoid the fatigue of "I've already answered that question three times
> ..." from long-time cohousing-L members, or the difficulty of tracking
> down somebody, somewhere, who somebody dimly remembers collected
> information from a
> previous thread and may or may not still have it on their computer.
> The Cohousing Association's directory has number of units and property
> size, which (with their permission) would provide a start on such a
> table, with Diane Simpson's and Tom Hammer's tables filling in a few
> more facts on a few communities. Even if, to start with, much of the
> information was blank on most communities, whatever was there would be
> useful.
> Include a form linked to the webpage, so that communities could submit
> their information to be added.
> Some of the FAQs that (from ten years' observation of cohousing-L) occur
> to me for inclusion:
> - name
> - location
> - # of units
> - size of common house
> - property size
> - mix of unit sizes: studio/1br/2br/3br/4br, and/or range of square
> footages
> - # of fully/partially handicap-accessible units and/or common house
> - # of low-income units, or other affordability measures
> - # of guest rooms
> - dining room capacity
> - checkoff columns for common (in the sense of "frequently existing")
> amenities such as a common laundry, workshop, bike shed, community garden
> - condo or lot development
> - new-built or retrofit
> - type of incorporation such as condo, co-op, etc.
> - zoning (e.g., farm animals allowed?)
> - special features like geothermal heat, alternative construction methods,
> conservation easements, on-site businesses, or any focus such as elder
> housing or religious affiliation
> Kay
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