Re: Apartment Sharing Developer attempts to co-opt cohousing
From: Peter Lazar (
Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2017 15:35:28 -0800 (PST)
Hi Extended Neighbors,

I'd like to follow up on behalf of CohoUS that the web site
has a definition:

Go to and visit "What is Cohousing" at the top, or go to:

This was established by a task force of CohoUS Board members and cohousers
after broader community input at the Durham Cohousing Conference in 2015.

There are also good definitions on Wikipedia and at

It seems that this apartment sharing developer is indeed using the term for
something that is well outside these definitions.  The 253-unit apartment
complex is way bigger than the 20-40 or so units typically in cohousing.
It would be impossible to know all your neighbors.  And it isn't clear that
it has any of the governance or community aspects of cohousing.


Peter Lazar
President, Cohousing Association of the United States
peter [at]

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