Re: Convincing Neighbors [ was Eugene Cohousing
From: Kathryn McCamant (
Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2018 12:41:19 -0700 (PDT)
Sharon's example of parking at Takoma Village is very interesting, showing an 
actual reduction of cars in the community over time. I wish the Research 
Network could collect data like this as it would be very very helpful for new 

Kathryn McCamant, President
CoHousing Solutions
Nevada City, CA 95959

On 8/1/18, 10:44 AM, "Cohousing-L on behalf of Sharon Villines via 
Cohousing-L" < [at] on behalf of cohousing-l [at]> wrote:

    > On Aug 1, 2018, at 12:52 PM, Kathryn McCamant <kmccamant [at]> wrote:
    > This type of useless neighborhood opposition, and the American resistance 
to any reasonable density (afterall, we are just talking 2-story townhomes with 
plenty of room for gardens) within established cities is only adds to keeping 
housing prices high and cities car dependent.
    > I hope the larger cohousing community will support those communities that 
run into unreasonable neighbors..... unfortunately, this kind of unreasonable 
fear has killed or lessened many a good project. 
    Perhaps other communities who faced these problems can share their stories 
so potential communities can understand that (1) it is isn’t personal, and (2) 
how to change it or just live through it.
    Addressing issues with data — doesn’t work with those who don’t accept data 
over their own fears but you can’t assume everyone in the neighborhood is of 
the same persuasion as the loudest. Pictures of other communities might help — 
small communities, not crowded social events and parking lots to the side which 
amplifies the number of cars. Do a study of your own car use. I think people 
have the idea that people who live in “apartments” are driving in and out all 
the time.
    Fewer cars in cohousing — I’m sure there are figures on this somewhere but 
cars have greatly reduced numbers in our community. When we moved in, I think 
only one unit of 43 had no car and several had 2 cars with one parked on the 
street because we provided only 1 per unit. Within a year people were allowing 
their first and second cars to die and not replacing them. 18 years later there 
are 5-6 spaces available for rent or guests and no second cars that I know of. 
People share regularly. We also are 2 blocks from the Metro and bus lines but I 
suspect cars are used much less in other communities too.
    Sharon Villines
    Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC
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