Re: site & plans = less interest in associate status?
From: Fred H Olson (
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2009 05:13:00 -0700 (PDT)
David Entin <davidentin [at]>
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To Kristi of Brooklyn.

As one who lived in Park Slope, Brooklyn in the 1990s and who has a son
living near there now and a couple of years ago purchased a Brownstone
with another family (sister-in-law), I would suspect that price may be
what is stopping some people from joining.  Many young couples, I would
guess, like the idea of cooperative living and maybe hope that pooling
resources will result in lower cost as well.  However, when they face the
price of a unit in your proposed development they need for their family,
it may be more than they can afford.  Do you have any subsidized or
affordable units?  Why not directly ask those who show up, get the
literature, and then don't come anymore, why they do not pursue further?
Good luck.  David Entin, Rocky Hill Cohousing, Northampton. Also, I like
the idea of seeing what helps existing communities to flourish, or not.
The Board of COHO/US is working on developing a survey of existing
communities and wants information on how communities are faring.  Any
specific ideas on good questions to ask that are relatively easy to answer
in survey form?

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