Re: Map of Cohousing Communities
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Wed, 18 Aug 2010 05:11:44 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all --

l'm hearing what Craig is saying about the need for more energy and effort needed to upkeep a system like this. I'm sure Coho/US would be delighted to have someone step forward and help out with this.

Barring this ... perhaps we can have the best of both worlds.

What if CohoUS adopted the map that Adi sent?

It's not as complete as the CohoUS map but it can be updated by individuals much like Wikipedia. Then, thru this list, we could encourage people to add their community to the list or update information about their community on a regular basis. Self-maintenance!

Do you think this would work?

Ann Zabaldo
Takoma Village Cohousing
Washington, DC
Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
Falls Church, VA
703 663 3911

On Aug 17, 2010, at 12:18 PM, Naomi Anderegg wrote:

There's a problem with this map & Alabama / the South East / maybe just the entire map. When you're zoomed out, there's a green flag in Alabama, down near
Montgomery, indicating "a state, province or country where one or more
communities is located." But, when you click on that flag or zoom in, you see that, zoomed in, there are no red or green flags anywhere in Alabama. I found the same to be true of Louisiana, Tennessee, and Mississippi. Could the green pins represent something other than what they're said to at the top of the

Maybe there's just a green flag for each and every state, regardless of whether that state has cohousing? (Thus, all the green flags up & down the East Coast?)


From: Craig Ragland <craigragland [at]>
To: Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at]>
Sent: Tue, August 17, 2010 10:56:05 AM
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Map of Cohousing Communities

Hi All,

Here's what we said about the new Directory map in the latest issue of
Cohousing Now!

Cohousing Map

Want to know where you can find cohousing? Check out our new map

The map shows you a green pin for every state where you can find
cohousing. Click on a green pin to zoom in on that state and then a
red pin to see the community name. Click the name to see its Cohousing
directory listing. Use the Zoom Control on the upper left corner of
the map to zoom in on areas.

Thanks to Tony Sirna for creating this Cohousing version of the
Intentional Community map:

Tony is the programmer behind most of the website. The directory map was created based on the full
directory map, but only shows those communities in the

I'm unaware of a similar Cohousing map for Europe, but go here:

to see one for the broader category of Intentional Communities in
Europe (note: the map first opens to the US, which is the primary
focus of the Fellowship for Intentional Community, but you can scroll
to the right to see the communities in Europe.

As for hand-tweaking these, perhaps in the future anybody who "owns"
the directory record for a particular community will have more control
over their map representation. Is this something people would value if
it was implemented? A few of months ago, I met with Tony Sirna and
Raines Cohen at Daybreak Cohousing to discuss possible features. The
current features of both the Intentional Communities Directory and the
Cohousing Directory have been defined by a very few people over many
years and input from interested parties is always welcome... if of
sufficient interest, somebody reading this might start a new thread.

Craig Ragland
Executive Director
Cohousing Association of the United States (Coho/US)
craig [at]

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Ann Zabaldo: Somewhere ... I remember seeing a map of the US w/ all
the cohousing

Adi replied:

Maybe this Google Map?

Fred replied (p1):

The map Adi refers to (also accessible via )
based on Google maps was started in 2007 but effort on it sort of
stalled after a while. An analysis I did a while ago that I think is
still largely correct (due to the stall) showed about 70 built or
sited communities missing from the map.

Al replied: Do you know if there's a simlar map for Europe?

Fred replied (p2)

--- Newer map ---

There is now an automated map also based on Google maps associated
with the cohousing directory at
( directly at ).
See the link at the top of the directory page to the first map.

It maps communites at two levels
1) on a US map one pin per state or region
2) Zoomed in to a state or region for one pin per community.
The latter do not attempt to map exact location.

Tho the automated approach has the disadvantage that it is not hand
tweaked , it is much easier to maintain and keep complete and up to

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