|Re: [C-L] Pocket Neighborhood||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Brian Bartholomew (bartholomew.brianyahoo.com)|
|Date: Sat, 4 Jan 2020 14:23:17 -0800 (PST)|
Sharon Villines <sharon [at] sharonvillines.com> writes: > This is why I think low income cohousing will happen when a group of > low income households comes together to build housing affordable by > low-income households. I agree, and today we call that "family compounds". The low-end version is made from a group of trailers which quietly exceed the zoning density limit, on small cheap land in a poor county which can't afford the code enforcement personnel to prosecute them. A larger example was the Branch Davidians in Waco, TX, but they were too visible and therefore targeted to be made an example of. Note there is no rule that says low income cohousers must have fundamentalist Christian or Mormon beliefs. > That nothing will be done that can't be afforded by at least 60% or > 90% of the members. Right goal. > And insists on equality. Wrong implementation. What you want to insist on is low internal taxation. Then people who want fancier faucets can't force a condo assessment on people who don't. Driving along two-lane paved roads in New Hampshire you'll see nice houses adjacent to not-nice houses. Their wealth levels are not equal. But they are able to be neighbors because they haven't constructed a voting tug-of-war about who gets to force who to live in which class manner. > I can also offer policing to keep the plans from escalating to soaring > heights of "affordable" defined as 80% of market rate in the area. Wrong implementation. The central planning of everyone-must-pay-this- same-monthly-expenditure is the problem. Don't do that, and the doctor can have her pool while the rest don't have to pay for it. > What I can offer is to design and host a website and an email > discussion group for those who are interested in giving sweat equity > to build low-income cohousing. The sweat equity is cheap and easy: recycle old trailers and portable school buildings to one location, replace them with better structures over time bought and built with cash. Repeat the social structures Ron Ingram observed; the power tools, educational videos, and electronic coordination has never been cheaper or more available. Except that checking out of the rat race using thrifty housing is twenty-seven forms of illegal. Preventing the rise of an independent middle class is a legislative policy goal, always has been every time and place in history. The nobles want serfs, not competitors. Ron, get away from the coasts and the cities. The last place you will find affordability is in city-density areas. Brian
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