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“The disappearance of these once-central relationships—between people who are familiar but not close, or friendly but not intimate—lies at the root of America’s economic woes and political gridlock.” – The Vanishing Neighbor, Marc Dunkelman CITYLAB (from The Atlantic) released a fascinating article Aug 19th: Why Won’t You Be My Neighbor? based on recent neighborhood-level data…. Read More

Changing Policies

A woman in the sociocracy discussion group at the cohousing conference asked about people who join being able to change policies. The group has a pet policy but the new person wants it changed. My response was that policies are always open for reconsideration. The answer was too short and I’m hoping she or someone… Read More

An Inclusive Culture of Support

Rather than teams focusing on support for aging in place, I think it would be better to have a team focused on (1) what all community members need and (2) extending our notions about the abilities of all individuals to support others. Just because people are aging doesn’t mean they have more needs than anyone… Read More

PDX Commons in the media

In Portland (OR), the cohousing cauldron is beginning to boil with one project about to go to construction and as many as three others in the formative stages. The SE Examiner neighborhood newspaper recently profiled PDX Commons, a 55+ cohousing new condo project which will rise near the center of Portland in one of the… Read More

The Best Morning Coffee in the World: Bellingham Cohousing

[Bella DePaulo’s introduction: For How We Live Now: Redefining Home and Family in the 21st Century, I visited so many cohousing communities and had so much to say about them that the book just couldn’t hold it all. Descriptions of some of the experiences I cherished were cut from the book. This is one of… Read More

Tune-Up Experiences: Enhancing Cohousing Communities

[We received these two responses to our inquiry about experiences of those who have sought “tune ups” to enhance their communities.] From Michael Madera, New View Cohousing (Acton, MA) In April 2015, Laird Schaub engaged in a ‘tune-up’ retreat with us over 4 days, 2 of which were in facilitating full day plenary meetings. His… Read More

A Word from Chuck [Training Program for Architects]

[Editor’s Note: Chuck Durrett with McCamant & Durrett Architects is developing a training program for architects, detailed at the end of this blog, which is reposted from A Word from Chuck: Reporting from the National Cohousing Conference in Durham, NC from MDA’s newsletter.] When Katie & I traveled to Denmark in 1984 and studied the… Read More

Not on everyone’s map

True story: for three years my wife and I looked for a small town to call home. People thought we were crazy to leave Portland, Oregon where we had met, married, and gave birth to our precious son. The ever-growing popularity, the crowds, the traffic, the ever-escalating prices, the pace in Portland all motivated us…. Read More

Help us grow…Rooftop Farm @ Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing

Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing (CHUC) in Seattle, WA is finally edging up to its fourth floor in construction and just weeks away from setting the base for The Rooftop Farm project we have planned. We are talking about more than a few raised planters on the roof. We envision a working, year-round urban farm. We… Read More

Kids in Cohousing

Sitting on the back deck, summer evening, listening to the birds in the swale, kids in the pool, sunlight fading… It seems to me that living in cohousing is pretty much kid paradise. “Our” kids at Nevada City Cohousing, like most American kids, go off to a variety of schools (local public, charter, home school),… Read More

The 100,000-mile Community Tune Up

I’ve been a group process consultant for 28 years. For the first 26 years most of my work was focused on weathering storms, or training groups in foul weather drills, so that they could better handle heavy seas themselves. In the last 18 months, however, there’s been something of a sea change. In addition to… Read More

Cohousing as a State of Mind

“Cohousing really helps crack the nut of intentional community. We have plenty of privacy and the benefit of abundant community. It’s a great blend.” “When you have people who’re watching out for you, you know you have them to rely on. That lowers your stress. Sharing activities increases your quality of life.” “In a typical… Read More