Re: From Brooklyn Cohousing
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2009 04:23:49 -0700 (PDT)
Hello Alex!

Welcome to the list!

I've been following your progress through various postings on this list and, of course, the many print media articles about your group.

I'd like to suggest that you share your experiences w/ all of us here on the list. Your experiences -- both the celebrations and the challenges -- are very valuable to everyone.

Would you be willing to do this?

I'll start the ball rolling by asking:

What are the top three actions you would advise forming groups to do to make their dream a reality? What are the top three decisions, actions etc. you would avoid like the plague?
What one decision would you do over again if you could?

Thanks, Alex! Looking forward to your response ... and anyone else who wants to chime in on these questions!!

Best --

Ann Zabaldo
Takoma Village Cohousing
Washington, DC
Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
McLean, VA
703 663 3911

On Aug 23, 2009, at 11:09 PM, Alex Marshall wrote:

Hi, I'm Alex Marshall and I wanted to introduce myself. I'm new to the
list. I'm a founder of Brooklyn Cohousing. We've been working quite
hard for more than two years, which includes the time getting the
initial group together. Most of that time we've been working with
Chris ScottHanson of Cohousing Resources, who has been our advisor and
consultant. It's been a difficult time over the last year as we
struggle to get the members and money to make this happen, after
having put a lot of both in already. Right now we are sixteen
families, and we are working to complete an $18 million project that
will have space for 30 families.

I would be happy to share our experiences with anyone forming a group,
or working in a group already. We have learned a lot from others, and
I wanted to return the favor. I also welcome any advice or input from
any one else in the cohousing universe. You can contact me off list at
alex (at)
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