|Re: Apartment Sharing Developer attempts to co-opt cohousing, (Jenny Guy)||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sharon Villines (sharonsharonvillines.com)|
|Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2017 07:52:46 -0800 (PST)|
On Dec 18, 2017, at 7:26 AM, William C. Wood <woodwc [at] gmail.com> wrote: > > But as for what really works -- I'd like to gently suggest that for many > people, democratic self-management is a drawback, not an advantage. They do > not like the idea of lots of meetings or the politicization of neighborhood > issues. So, how can people live more in community? A number of different > models are being tried -- "let ten thousand flowers bloom." We can all learn > from the successes and the failures, including the success or failure of > developments that include common facilities but no democratic self-management. I agree and would like to connect this to architecture. I have friends who are gay partners, male. They and many of their friends would be uncomfortable in the close quarters of an attached dwelling community. They want walls around themselves and privacy for their friends. They moved into a housing development where the homes are fairly close together in the front but open onto a woodsy area in back. Parties in the back are free of observation. They are in their 70’s so it’s been a long life of being at least sort of in the closet. Though they are open about being a gay couple, they are also professional men who move in a conservative corporate society and don’t present themselves in a way that would make anyone uncomfortable. They are very active in their community association and one has been elected to the board — in a community where the board runs things. They feel accepted but are also comfortable with the norms of a suburban, relatively wealthy lifestyle. After vowing to downsize they purchased a 5-bedroom house with more rooms on the first floor than I can count. When the moved to the area, I suggested they move to Takoma Village, the response from both was "I don’t want to live anywhere where people have anything to say about how I live.” I do think it is helpful, however, to make distinctions between how each kind of housing operates. Naming them is the easiest way to do that. Sharon ---- Sharon Villines Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC http://www.takomavillage.org
Re: Apartment Sharing Developer attempts to co-opt cohousing, (Jenny Guy) William C. Wood, December 18 2017
- Re: Apartment Sharing Developer attempts to co-opt cohousing, (Jenny Guy) Sharon Villines, December 18 2017
- Re: Apartment Sharing Developer attempts to co-opt cohousing, (Jenny Guy) Jenny Guy, December 19 2017
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