Re: Hey, North Carolina cohousers
From: LasiewiczN (LasiewiczNaol.com)
Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2013 11:18:38 -0700 (PDT)
I do not live in a Cohousing community, yet, but have attended some of the  
early conferences and have followed this list for several years, hoping to  
join the crowd one day! e live in Southern Calif and the land costs seems  
to be a big barrier to forming new communities.  As a result, I am a lurker  
on the list, rather than an active participant.

However, I'm writing today on this thread about how  the politics of a 
state can effect where we live.  Disclosure,  I'm active in my local democratic 
club, so that tells you my bias.
 
It saddens me to read that people won't want to move somewhere because it's 
 a red state.  It saddens me because I think about the few  remaining 
liberals and progressives in those states and how they are  being abandoned! It 
must get lonely out there!  
 
Maybe an innovative approach would be a movement  to intentionally flood 
those states with new residents, with more  liberal minded (and voting) 
folks!? For a while I have  been been imaging a new movement, urging young 
people 
to leave their  blue states and move to Florida, Texas, NC, etc perhaps 
setting  up group housing efforts to facilitate the moves, drawing in a whole  
wave of new voters for those regions. Just in time for the 2014  election. 
 
If such a movement took off, those young folks might also develop  a taste 
for the activism needed to innovate into new co-housing  projects!  
 
In my mind, I've been thinking of calling such a movement "From Red to  
Purple."  :)
 
All the best,
Nalini Lasiewicz
La Canada, CA
818 249-9691
 
PS  My apologies, in advance, for getting too political in this  post. 
 
 
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Today's Topics:

1. Re:  Hey, North Carolina cohousers (Martha Harris)
2. Eugene,  Oregon - "Blue" Skies (Maureen McCauley)
3. An urban cohousing  fairytale* (Jessie  Kome)


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Date: Sat, 27 Jul 2013 13:03:41 -0400
From: "Martha Harris"  <martha [at] earthaven.org>
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Hey, North Carolina  cohousers
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Hi There,

I'm a native of Chapel Hill  and currently live at Village Terraces
cohousing, Earthaven Ecovillage,  near Black Mountain. North Carolina is 
very
diverse. More liberal areas  include the Triangle (Carrboro, Chapel Hill,
Durham, Raleigh area) and, in  general, the urban areas and university 
towns.
Asheville Area has more  liberal leanings also.  

The political history of NC is strange.  It was basically a one-party state
(Conservative to Moderate Democratic)  until later in the 1980s. From then
until now, the Dems and Reps shared  (fought over) power. Increasingly, big
money has played a role. Now, not  just big corporate money, but some big
socially right-wing money. With both  legislative houses and the governor 
now
Republican, there is not the  balance there once was. 

Have moderate Republicans voted the party  ticket not realizing how radical
their candidates were? Are moderates of  all parties dropping out of voting?
The recent changes do seem to have  galvanized a lot of activism and
awareness. It's hard to say what will  happen next. I hope these radicals
will be voted out of office. Certainly,  the governor's approval rate is
tanking.

http://progressnc.org/ is a  good resource to follow what is going on. 

Come on down, we need more  moderate and liberal voters!

Martha

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Date: Fri, 26 Jul 2013 17:33:00 -0700 (PDT)
From: Katie  Henry <katie-henry [at] att.net>
Subject: [C-L]_ Hey, North Carolina  cohousers
To: "cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org"  <cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org>
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What's going on in your state? One of my  retirement options was to move 
from
the frozen north to a cohousing  community in North Carolina, but it's 
become
one of the reddest of red  states and I'm not sure it's a place I want to
live any more. Is this a  temporary trend that will be corrected in the next
election? Or does it  really reflect the views of the people?

Katie  Henry


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