Re: Hey, North Carolina cohousers
From: KJ (
Date: Thu, 1 Aug 2013 07:22:12 -0700 (PDT)
My hubby and I are looking to move and we are only considering blue states.  
The reason? Environmental policies!  I have some health issues due to pollution 
and we would never want to move somewhere and feel like we took a step 
backwards in regards to air and water quality.  Blue states do seem to ave more 
cohousing opps in general, perhaps  in part becaus many cohousing communities 
are anywhere from slightly to extremely eco-aware? Kj

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On Jul 31, 2013, at 2:18 PM, LasiewiczN [at] wrote:

> 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. 
> In a message dated 7/31/2013 3:16:21 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,  
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> Date: Sat, 27 Jul 2013 13:03:41 -0400
> From: "Martha Harris"  <martha [at]>
> 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.
> is a  good resource to follow what is going on. 
> Come on down, we need more  moderate and liberal voters!
> Martha
> -----Original  Message-----
> Date: Fri, 26 Jul 2013 17:33:00 -0700 (PDT)
> From: Katie  Henry <katie-henry [at]>
> Subject: [C-L]_ Hey, North Carolina  cohousers
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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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