Re: questions re: 'Co-Living survey
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Mon, 9 Mar 2020 12:30:04 -0700 (PDT)
> On Mar 7, 2020, at 10:19 AM, Raines Cohen <rc3-coho-L [at] 
> <mailto:rc3-coho-L [at]>> wrote:
> ?Welcome to the world of cohousing, Dwayne. Nice of you to drop into our
> decades-long-established link for conversations about community.
> Nice of you to pop in, but if you want true engagement with our community
> of communities, please meet us with actual dialog and conversation and
> context. As it is, I can't recommend that our 5000+ East Bay Cohousing
> members, or others on this list, respond.

Also thanks to Raines for popping in. An excellent response. The Co-Living 
people could learn a lot from studying cohousing and cohousing communities, but 
not with a survey. As Steve Jobs said, People don’t know what they want until 
they see it.

I followed the links because I wanted to see how low-cost cohousing might learn 
from them. I couldn’t find out anything without signing up. And I don’t sign up 
unless I know what I’m signing up for. I got no further than Architectural 
Review pictures, and very few of them. No lived in spaces. No examples of 
“house rules” or anything. It’s an anonymous front.

It would be interesting to see a cohousing take on the concept. A 4 bedroom 
designed for single residents with an owner who then rents the spaces. It might 
be good to talk about what the description of a renter in that situation might 
be like or be looking for. I have no doubt that there are takers but it 
requires the owner to take responsibility and to have the funds to buy the unit.

Sharon Villines, Washington DC
Sustainable Cohousing

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