|Letter to Chuck Durrett re: developer-driven cohousing as an option||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Steve Welzer (stevenwelzergmail.com)|
|Date: Sun, 24 Oct 2021 10:27:30 -0700 (PDT)|
From: Steven Welzer <steven.welzer [at] gmail.com> Date: Sun, Oct 24, 2021 at 10:37 AM Subject: The article in the New York Times today was prominent and outstanding To: Charles (Chuck) Durrett <charles.durrett [at] cohousingco.com> Hi, Chuck - re: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/22/opinion/cohousing-mothers-pandemic-community.html Congratulations on the publication of a prominent article that surely will advance our movement. As I’ve mentioned to you in the past, it’s a shame that the 20 million people in the New York-New Jersey-Philadelphia metropolitan area don’t have a single cohousing option. The Mount Eden and Three Groves projects failed. Rocky Corner Cohousing in New Haven, CT and Altair EcoVillage in Kimberton, PA have faced delays and problems. A paragraph from the New York Times article stood out to me: “Model co-housing tends to be grass-roots: First the group meets to explore its wants and needs, then it finds an architect who designs a community just right for them, and finally it builds. From the time a group of would-be co-housers forms to the time it moves in, two to five years can pass. The idea for Eastern Village, on the other hand, came from a developer.” Came from a developer, yet the people who live there are grateful to have the cohousing option. Altair has been trying . . . not for two or five years, but for twenty years. I still feel that you treat the “future residents must design it” idea as a dogma. Let’s take Altair (which I worked with for two years): It will be 30 units. Ten or fifteen of the ultimate 30 households will have participated in the design charrettes. Fifteen or 20 will move into a cohousing community they did not design. It’s a 55+ project. After twenty years only two of the people or households will have participated in the design charrettes. The other 28 will be grateful that the community got built. I wish a cohousing developer would “Get It Built” here in New Jersey and finally give me a chance to live in cohousing. Regards, as always, Steve Welzer East Windsor, NJ
Letter to Chuck Durrett re: developer-driven cohousing as an option Steve Welzer, October 24 2021
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