|Re: Assessment abatement request||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sharon Villines (sharonsharonvillines.com)|
|Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:03:38 -0700 (PDT)|
> On Aug 27, 2015, at 4:33 PM, Elizabeth Magill <pastorlizm [at] gmail.com> > wrote: > > > It can take a really long time for new community to realize that all is > not milk and honey in cohousing. > > REALLY??? I think people understand from experience the hardness of getting built and attracting members—at least those who sign on early know. But from my experience at Takoma Village and the questions on Cohousing-L, after move-in many people become very altruistic. "Now that we are a community things will be different." "The hard work is over." One person thought we should apply for support from the city because we had done so much for the community. We had contributed to society. Others wanted to open the CH to one and all and hold “jumping” parties for everyone’s benefit. Guests should be allowed to use the guest rooms without their host’s supervision. It went on and on for sometime before we began to learn how much our altruism was costing us. It’s also hard to explain to new people how much work it was to develop things like the landscape and our ability to maintain the buildings How hard we worked because we had not a clue what we were doing with storm sewers and elevator inspections. Or grease traps! Our landscape is very lush with no hint of the conventional condo sculpted hedges and mowed grass. It is the work of many people but also 2-3 dedicated people who worked “all the time” on plantings, watering, mulching, weeding, studying plants, etc. Writing a grant and meeting the requirements to get 20 trees planted with no expense to us. One new resident said when she bought a unit at the height of the market, you all moved in free while we had to pay an arm and a leg to live here. While we had signed contracts before prices in the neighborhood began to rise so we did have relatively low prices, we had also moved in when the crime rate was not so great and we were the only new construction in the neighborhood in decades. We took a risk, and dealt with stolen bicycles and not walking anywhere after 9-10 o’clock. And we worked with neighborhood organizations and city officials to improve the neighborhood. She and others had no idea how much work had been done. Not just physical but organizationally. And then the people who move in with stars in their eyes and thing we should loosen up. Care more. Sharon ---- Sharon Villines Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC http://www.takomavillage.org
- Assessment abatement request, (continued)
- Assessment abatement request Thomas Lofft, August 27 2015
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