Re: Retrofit cohousing [was: Re: Approaches for Affordability...
From: Patrice Crotty (
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2021 13:47:55 -0700 (PDT)
Very cool Fred!  

Yes, all are excellent points for discussion. 

Thank you!!  Patrice

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> On Oct 12, 2021, at 10:08 AM, Fred H Olson <fholson [at]> wrote:
> 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
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> Fred H. Olson  Minneapolis,MN 55411  USA        (near north Mpls)
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