Re: What is co-housing really?
From: Liz Ryan Cole (
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2008 03:44:15 -0700 (PDT)
One benefit of cohousing is that people in cohousing can provide the support - emotional and financial - to individuals who want to "do good". (How we define doing good will certainly vary). I have seen many examples of members of cohousing communities making a positive difference. But simply reducing our environmental footprint and providing a community in which children can grow up with the support and love of more than just their parents, and people can age in place and in community is, IMHO, a good thing all by itself.


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Lyme, NH

Liz Ryan Cole
On Aug 29, 2008, at 2:26 AM, Gerald Manata wrote:

Well said, Cindy. Your second paragraph seems to be describing what I labeled earlier as a culturally conservative cohousing complex which I do not care for.

Cindy T <cindy_t25 [at]> wrote:

In reflecting on some of the comments about accommodating the disabled made here on the list over the past six months or so, I find myself wondering just what the difference is between co- housing communities and regular communities.

In some ways, it begins to seem to me that many are just another form of property development. "Community" seems to mean that similar people get together and may have a common house and might share meals and chores, but do not commit to goals of inclusiveness of diversity, compassion for the less fortunate, certainly not a sense of being our brother's keeper, or other things requiring really major attitude adjustments from standard American home developments.

I realize there are exceptions, and have seen some on the list, but in looking around at websites for co-housing communities, they seem to be pretty homogeneous, and rather exclusive racially and in terms of income. Perhaps I came to the list expecting co-housing to be something it isn't.

Cindy T
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