|Re: Working on a coCamping project while planning for future cohousing.||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Bob Morrison (RHmorrisonAOL.com)|
|Date: Tue, 4 Aug 2009 10:05:39 -0700 (PDT)|
I would like to add something to Raines Cohen's excellent comments on this. IMO a cohousing community can't succeed unless there are good year-round jobs nearby, and I sense this isn't true for the area around Clemons, NY. I have never visited this area, but I know a few things about it. To succeed, a coho in a rural area must bring in at least a few households from outside the region and unless they are retired and can live comfortably on their retirement income, one of the first questions they will ask is what the job prospects are. Most people can't live year round on the income they make working in the summer tourism industry, and I sense there isn't a lot of winter tourism in this area. Telecommuting from 100 miles or more away from the workplace is feasible for a few jobs, but I don't think you can fill a cohousing community with telecommuters either. A senior coho might be feasible and if so, it would mostly solve the problem of few local jobs. But there aren't any senior cohos in the Northeast, and IMO it would be too risky to try to establish one there. The first senior coho in the Northeast should be next to an existing multigenerational coho, and that might happen in western MA. Bob Morrison
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