Re: "Neighborhood" Cohousing or "Retrofit" Cohousing
From: PattyMara Gourley (pmgourleygmail.com)
Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2013 08:18:16 -0800 (PST)
Already Built Cohousing:  ABC


On Wed, Dec 11, 2013 at 7:19 AM, Fred H Olson <fholson [at] cohousing.org> 
wrote:

>
> Thanks for the post Kevin.  We've long realized that the term retrofit
> cohousing had drawbacks.  When I first use "retrofit cohousing" in a
> conversation, I typically make an aside like 'retrofiting the social
> relations'.  I like ther term "neighborhood cohousing".
>
> Having a name makes conversation easier and therefore helps
> encourage discussion.  I contend that wide acceptance of
> "cohousing" ( by the McCammet and Durrett book in 1988) has
> greatly helped encourage the movement despite the shortcomings of
> that term's associations in some people's minds ( like communes ).
>
> Ideally names are meaningful, relatively unique, not too long, easily
> typed and spoken, memorable, widely accepted and used. It's usually
> not possible to achieve all of these.
>
> Long names get abbreviated as context permits so it is helpful to
> think of an "official" abbreviation in advance.
>
> In this case the UK aspect adds the aspect of the different
> spelling of "neighborhood" in the US and in the UK ( neighbourhood )
>
> I suggest using the abbreviation "Nbhd" to start with:
>
> Nbhd cohousing
>
> (still pronouncing it "neighborhood cohousing" )
>
> Searching wikipedia for "nbhd" gets a link to neighborhood.
>
> And if one feels the context would benefit one might use "neighborhood
> retrofit cohousing".
>
> Tho I usually refer to N Street when describing retrofit cohousing, I
> dont think it is good for a name of the idea.
>
> BTW Kevin, how have N Street folks responded to the term
> "neighborhood cohousing" ?
>
> Fred whose web page http://mn.cohousing.org/retrofit needs updating.
>
> --
> Fred H. Olson  Minneapolis,MN 55411  USA        (near north Mpls)
>      Email:        fholson at cohousing.org      612-588-9532
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