|Re: Are We Done with the Rental Issue?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: R Philip Dowds (rpdowdscomcast.net)|
|Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2011 09:39:35 -0800 (PST)|
I think the cohousing future is just as robust (or not) as the future of housing generally. Having previously said that there is no particular reason for cohousing to be cheaper than ³regular² housing, I will modify that dogma a bit: Multifamily housing ? starting with ³townhouses² or ³row houses², and progressing to ³apartment buildings² ? has a significant competitive cost edge on single family housing. On a per square foot basis, it¹s cheaper to develop, cheaper to operate, pays lower taxes, and so on. But Americans don¹t want to live in ³apartment buildings², they want to live single family, in the burbs. And indeed, some cohousing developments look and feel very suburban ? by the intent of the founders, of course. But the cohousing philosophy of live-closer-and-share-more is highly conducive to a multi-family construction solution. If cohousing has a unique and enduring role to play in affordability, it might be that of further de-stigmatizing multi-family configurations, such that (a) more zoning ordinances would allow for it, and (b) more middle class households would find it acceptable: a step up, not a step back. Philip Dowds AIA Cornerstone Cohousing Cambridge, MA On 2/15/11 11:03 AM, "Zev Paiss" <zpaiss [at] comcast.net> wrote: > > Friends, > > Just curious to know if Grace's suggestion that all of us who are > interested in Rental Cohousing join their committee has finished this > discussion? What we need is strong leadership to help adapt the > American cohousing model to address this pressing issue. I am > concerned that with the constraints on home construction and purchase > for most people, cohousing will not have a very robust future. > > Zev > > _________________________________________________________________ > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: > http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/ > >
Are We Done with the Rental Issue? Zev Paiss, February 15 2011
- Re: Are We Done with the Rental Issue? R Philip Dowds, February 15 2011
- Re: Are We Done with the Rental Issue? Craig Ragland, February 15 2011
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