|Businesses within cohousing communities||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Joani Blank (jeblankhooked.net)|
|Date: Tue, 8 Oct 1996 02:35:08 -0500|
Mike and others, > how many have plans to have a fairly major enterprise that helps sustain/grow the community, like some intentional communities do? >Is shared office/shop space a high priority in common house facilities? I'm pessimistic about this, not even sure I'd want to see it in the urban communities I'm associated with. I value serious diversity and that means that I'm unlikely, especially in a small community of 20 or fewer households, to be or want to be "in business" with any of my cohousing neighbors--unless we were already in business together before we severally moved into the community. Except, perhaps, for a person or two who might want to have a business doing childcare for those who live in the community, or have a property maintenance business which included doing maintenance for the community, I personally find little attraction in putting together a community-sustaining business of any kind. I do hope that these sorts of communities develop however, because they surely will work for some folks, but for me, the cohousing qualities of such a community would be incidental to the other "intentionalities" involved. Having a shared office for two or more people who work"at home," each doing their own thing is a different matter entirely. I know Pioneer Valley (Amherst, MA) has built just such a facility. It would be neat to hear how that is working out? Do any other groups have such a facility? Joani Doyle St. CoHo and Old Oakland CoHo, Bay Area, CA
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