Re: The Future of Cohousing
From: Wayne Tyson (
Date: Tue, 7 Jun 2011 16:48:52 -0700 (PDT)

As an outsider (and, apparently, an outlier as well), I have no comment, nor do I intend any implications, concerning CoHo organizational policy. It is my policy to confine my remarks to generic, relevant issues, not personalities. I will, however, bend my rule a little to say that I hope Zev posts more. I have no fear of any excesses, quotes or otherwise.


----- Original Message ----- From: "Zev Paiss" <zpaiss [at]>
To: <cohousing-l [at]>
Sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 4:54 AM
Subject: [C-L]_ The Future of Cohousing


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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