|Retrofit cohousing [was: Re: Approaches for Affordability...||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H Olson (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Tue, 12 Oct 2021 08:07:49 -0700 (PDT)|
Patrice Crotty wrote: > Will there be anyone talking about retrofitting into an existing > neighborhood as an approach to affordability, since the people living there > already own or rent their dwellings? > Thank you, Patrice Patrice, I do not know the answer to your question but it implies something or at least suggests something that I think needs clarification. Usually the people who join a retrofit cohousing community buy or rent and move to an existing house in the community so their housing cost reflects the current market for the area rather than the past market for someone who bought earlier. Depending on the level of inflation this can be substantial. Cohousing appeals to a relatively small percent of the population at the current time. That is the items Alan cited are not a high priority for most people currently. So the chances of many current occupants of houses committing to be part of retrofit cohousing is unlikely. Another aspect is that retrofit cohousing usually requires a long time since usually expansion awaits houses coming up for sale or rent. It also requires effective organizing to be ready to acquire houses when they do become available. Retrofit cohousing is a great idea but not without its own challenges Our block does not approach the level of communitas in cohousing but we have great neighbors and outside of covid do some things together as a "block club". This summer we have met twice in my front yard. Fred -- Fred H. Olson Minneapolis,MN 55411 USA (near north Mpls) Email: fholson at cohousing.org 612-588-9532 My Link Pg: http://fholson.cohousing.org
Retrofit cohousing [was: Re: Approaches for Affordability... Fred H Olson, October 12 2021
- Re: Retrofit cohousing [was: Re: Approaches for Affordability... Patrice Crotty, October 17 2021
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