Re: Cohousing's Diversity Problem - CityLab
From: R Philip Dowds (
Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2017 07:01:04 -0700 (PDT)
I don’t want to bog down in a Stats War, but it’s worth keeping in mind that 
homeowners and homebuyers are not a particularly well-diversified group to 
begin with.  For owners/buyers generally, household income and wealth, 
educational attainment and whiteness are all well above the national averages.  
Cohousing looks to run a little higher than the averages for owner/buyers, but 
its not fair to conclude that cohousing is a recidivist bastion of elitism 
within a nation that has otherwise solved its diversity problem.

As for the Democrat thing …

I’m going to stick my neck out, and speculate that the average Democrat trends 
toward greater comfort with a socialized socioeconomic model, and the average 
Republican trends toward greater comfort with a privatized socioeconomic model. 
 If I’m right about this, then we should not be surprised to learn that 
Democrats are more likely to find their way to a cohousing community.  Viewed 
through this lens, then perhaps we should be surprised that the Democratic 
percentage is so low.

So I think article’s title, “Cohousing’s Diversity Problem”, is misleading.  
Nor would I conclude that cheapening construction will ever successfully 
compensate for the problems created by an economy that sustains and promotes 
extreme inequality.

Philip Dowds
Cornerstone Village Cohousing
Cambridge, MA

> On Aug 11, 2017, at 8:49 AM, Ann Zabaldo <zabaldo [at]> wrote:
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> Ann Zabaldo
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