Re: The Future of Cohousing
From: PattyMara Gourley (
Date: Tue, 31 May 2011 07:11:28 -0700 (PDT)
Zev's words are brilliant and true.  Heed them.

formerly from Tierra Nueva, where we still own our home,
now living in northern New Mexico, Rio Grande watershed,
tending our heirloom orchard, sharing an acequia (irrigation water ditch)
with seven neighbors,
applying lessons learned from two decades of cohousing, but
not attending many meetings.

On Tue, May 31, 2011 at 5:54 AM, Zev Paiss <zpaiss [at]> wrote:

> Friends,
> I think the situation with the upcoming conference and the hotel
> strike are distractions to a much graver situation. At this moment in
> history, despite the growing deep desire to create community across
> our nation, the reality of economic contraction, high unemployment,
> falling home prices, and a huge inventory of for sale homes, makes the
> prospect of building new cohousing neighborhoods at this time
> extremely challenging.
> I suspect the hesitancy to attend the conference stems from the
> inability of many to fathom how they can spend $1,000 for
> registration, lodging and transportation when they know the equity in
> their homes (if you are still a homeowner) will not allow them to sell
> and purchase a new home in a not-yet-build cohousing community. When I
> can go buy a perfectly good home in Florida for $25,000 how am I going
> to convince others to pay 10 times that amount to purchase a new home?
> As I have been saying for over 2 years now, please consider adaptive
> reuse or banding together to purchase a neighborhood of abandoned
> homes and start the long conversion process in our failing
> communities. Cohousing has much to offer but we must steps outside our
> traditional model of new construction and look at the possibilities of
> conversion, increasingly collaborative design (think foreclosed
> McMansions), and rental communities as one future for this movement.
> Respectfully Submitted,
> Zev Paiss, Founding Executive Director
> The Cohousing Association 1997-2001
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