|Re: Cohousing-L Digest, Vol 192, Issue 20||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Magali Gutierrez (azul1995yahoo.com)|
|Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2020 09:33:35 -0800 (PST)|
Re:Affordable Housing, and Sharon's comment. I want to chime in on Sharon's comment on how comfortable the stretch can be between people of different backgrounds.I would like to learn more about that gap. I work in a multicultural, multi-language environment, but everyone went to college and keeps up with world affairs. Its New York City. How is that gap breached? I am in the first stages of thinking of initiating a senior cohousing community, and I have no idea how I would approach and make feel welcome people from all walks of life.Any thoughts? Magali ________________________________________________________________________ "The issue with various income levels is how wide the spread can go comfortably. A friend has been teaching in a British school in Bejing. Her daughter was a student there and mixing with extremely wealthy Chinese families. They loved her daughter and invited her on trips and to parties, etc. The daughter loved it, but her expectations were going in a direction that would cause a lot of conflict when she was old enough to understand that she would never be ?equal? in that situation. She also didn?t not like the values they were teaching her daughter. Sort of like we are wealthy because we are better than "those people.? Education is another issue. I?m sure (but have not confirmed) that everyone here has graduated from college and many have graduate school or some kind of post graduate professional education. Some people with college degrees are uncomfortable with me having been a professor. I?ve learned just to not talk about it. But that cuts off 25 years of my life. How would people without college educations feel in that mix? My son and his wife did not attend college and live in the same neighborhood where they grew up. They have lots of friends, all from high school, and they have birthday parties or cookouts every weekend. Same crowd. They don?t read newspapers or books. Or even watch the news on TV. With their friends it would be wonderful for them to have a cohousing community (though they sort of have one now) but not if it were peopled by college graduates or professionals like psychiatrists and economists. The college graduates would welcome them but they wouldn?t welcome the college graduates. If the stretch was comfortable, cohousing communities would be more socioeconomically diverse. One of the factors that led the NYTimes to endorse Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar is that they ?feel? lower middle class. They have kept the sensibilities and understand them. Other candidates have not. It means something to people. Sharon ---- Sharon Villines, Historic Takoma Park, Washington DC Where all roads lead to Casablanca
- Re: Cohousing-L Digest, Vol 192, Issue 20 Jane Harper, January 22 2020
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