Re: marketing Aria Cohousing in Denver to families
From: yoni (
Date: Sat, 1 Oct 2016 16:26:35 -0700 (PDT)

The challenges of raising children are, for me, a primary reason that cohousing 
is appealing, and I believe that Katy and Chuck cite this as a central 
motivation behind cohousing in Denmark in their writing.

I'm thinking about this a good deal as I work to recruit for a new community 
near where I live, so I thought I'd share a meta-point, which is that I think a 
community that wants families has to have "affirmative action" for them, by 
which I mean it should try to over-represent them.

 It's a numbers thing. If there's a critical mass of adults required to ensure 
everyone has a few people in the community they can count as friends, this is 
also true for children, except that children have narrower requirements for age 
compatibility. If a community of 40 adults has 10 minors between 0 and 18 
(which is what a representative sample of the general population would have) 
that could give each of those kids very few choices in age-compatible playmates.

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