Re: Neighborhood scale [was: Re: is this the cure for the loneliness of American motherhood: opinion piece in NYT]
From: Kathy Ahlers (
Date: Sun, 7 Nov 2021 21:33:37 -0800 (PST)
Yes, the potential is there.
In Minneapolis/St Paul, the platform (which is available all
over the U.S.) is used in some similar ways for sharing/trading/bartering,
though there also are discussions, and the discussions often go off the

Unfortunately, from what I've seen as one of the "team leads" for my
neighborhood, the platform is equally powerfully used to reinforce
philosophic divisions--one example: there are continual dust-ups online
between people who are vociferous gun owners vs. those with a more peaceful
bent who don't believe in owning guns. Most often, these conversations on
divisive issues seem to drive the wedge in further rather than open a space
for understanding.


Kathy Ahlers
board member
Twin Cities Cohousing Network, a 501c3 organization
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On Mon, Oct 25, 2021 at 11:25 AM Chuck Harrison <cfharr [at]> wrote:

> Regarding social knitting at the neighborhood level it seems to me there is
> potential to build on these local exchange groups like Buy Nothing. I am
> particularly intrigued by a platform I have been learning about (originated
> in Israel, but planning to offer elsewhere) .
> Its
> raison d'etre is a sort of barter club exchange but IMHO that could be the
> anchor for much richer neighborhood collaboration. The "sharing points"
> could be developed into a sort of local currency which has a deep potential
> too.
> Chuck
> On Mon, Oct 25, 2021 at 8:39 AM Sharon Villines via Cohousing-L <
> cohousing-l [at]> wrote:
> > [...]
> > Jane Jacob’s legendary descriptions of what make the West Village so
> > special is what makes cohousing so special. I’ve been reading urban
> > planning stuff recently and thinking about “cohousing” on a larger
> > neighborhood scale. How do we apply (enforce) the same principles beyond
> > our borders — cars are not central, pedestrians have the right of way,
> > people share meals in flexible groups, food pops up in unexpected places
> > (pumpkin cookies on the counter, apples in the piazza, making pesto sauce
> > next Saturday if you want to order 1-2 cups), etc.
> >
> >
> >
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