Re: Case Study: Cohousing Successes and Failures
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Thu, 9 Jul 2009 04:47:35 -0700 (PDT)

On Wed, Jul 8, 2009 at 11:28 AM, Mac Thomson <mac [at]>wrote:

It occurred to me at the conference that a really useful workshop
would have been one which focused on which communities are thriving
and which are struggling or have failed altogether and the factors
that have led to the various results.

I wonder if we could have a discussion of this here. We've touched on it for beginning groups -- what it takes to make it -- but never for existing groups.

It was helpful to us to have people who attended the last Boston conference to bring back stories about other communities our age having the same problems we have.

Of course, "problems" and "successes" are in the eye of the beholder unless one is doing a huge statistical research study. All groups are made up of individuals, however, so that perspective is important too.

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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