Re: Is communal ownership obligatory for cohousing?
From: Becky Weaver (
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2007 07:26:46 -0700 (PDT)
>       "Intentional neighborhood"?

I like your suggested term "intentional neighborhood."
To me, it expresses the balance you seem to be working
toward, between cooperation and independence.

I think people can waste a lot of time arguing over
the philosophical implications of calling stuff by one
name or another. But there are practical reasons to
choose terminology carefully. 

I think that using the term "cohousing" to describe
your plans might get confusing. I do think that the
term "cohousing" today implies shared ownership of the
common facilities and the resulting HOA or co-op type
organizational structure. 

Becky Weaver
Kaleidoscope Village
Austin, Texas 

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