There are hundreds of ways to build community. Click here to listen to a podcast interview with cohousing expert Chuck Durrett.
We’ve just begun exploring a new city site for our community. This would be a highly desirable location on the edge of downtown, and if things go well, we could have an announcement by mid-February! Stay tuned for updates this month.
Meanwhile, two suburban sites remain under consideration.
Urban cohousing, ecovillages, intentional neighborhood projects and more are covered in the latest issue of Communities Magazine, published by The Fellowship for Intentional Community. Architect Grace Kim writes about the uptick in interest she’s seeing in urban developments, and how her Seattle community addresses the concern “But I need a garden!”
Other articles describe:
- building community
- being a single parent in cohousing
- an in-fill project that transformed a “Wild West” Portland neighborhood to “a grand slam of socially and ecologically thoughtful urban renewal”
- a report on 137 case studies of successful “sharing cities”
- community-based solutions to a range of urban challenges
- and more.
Click here to read three articles on the FIC web site, or download the entire publication for just $5.
Click here to read more in an article from the Washington Post.
After more than a decade of planning and working together, the Fair Oaks Eco-Cohousing Community has broken ground. Click here to read about the progress of this California community:
Sacramento Bee Online
Because of the difficulty of securing a site in the city — the most recent downtown possibility is now off the table, since the new owner has decided to rent units instead of sell — we have expanded our search and are currently considering sites in two suburbs. Our Bricks & Mortar Committee will have more information in January. Continue reading...
“Celebrating the exciting things that are happening in our lives and banding together when there are hard times.” That’s what residents of a new cohousing community in Virginia are looking forward to.
After four years of planning, Harrisonburg Cohousing unveiled their site Saturday and hope to break ground by the end of 2019. Congratulations!
Time magazine has discovered cohousing:
“We evolved to depend on our social connections,” says Dr. Vivek Murthy, former U.S. Surgeon General. “Over thousands of years, this got baked into our nervous systems — so much so that if we are feeling socially disconnected, that places us in a physiologic stress state.”
Read more here:
Everyone Needs Someone Else
Why Americans of all ages are coming together in ‘intentional communities’
The New York Office of Aging has published a Livable New York Resource Manual, which includes an overview of cohousing that will be useful to folks of all ages:
Cohousing Overview (300kb PDF file)
The Livable New York Resource Manual is available in full here:
Livable New York Resource Manual
From time to time, we talk about moving to a “dynamic governance” or “sociocracy” model of organization and decision-making (from our current mode, which is modified consensus.) There’s an interesting conversation about sociocracy in cohousing, and other topics in this online radio conversation with members of Rocky Corner, which will be Connecticut’s first cohousing community: