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Regional gatherings planned on both coasts this September: Can you help?

Two areas are targeted for regional gatherings in Fall 2007. Coho/US hopes to see one event taking place in Massachusetts (Boston area) on Saturday, September 15, and one in Northern California (San Francisco Bay Area) at an early September date still to be announced.
We are seeking three or four people in each area to plan these events.

2008 Conference date and location set

The date and location of the 2008 National Cohousing Conference has been determined: June 12 – 15, 2008, at Bentley College in Waltham, MA, 15 minutes west of Boston.

To boldly go: Visitability in cohousing

by Eleanor Smith, East Lake Commons

When our community, East Lake Commons, held its first formal meeting in 1997, one of the first official decisions was that all the units would be designed with two features making each home “visitable” by members with mobility impairments: at least one entrance with zero steps, and at least a half-bathroom on the main floor, with a door wide enough for wheelchair passage.

Getting started: The first eight steps

by Rob Sandelin, Sharingwood Cohousing

These are some of the elements to consider working on in the first months you spend together. This assumes you have brought together a core group of at least two or three households. Three or four households is even better.

Retrofit cohousing: A different kind of fixer-upper

by Karen Hester, Temescal Creek Cohousing

In March 1999, after only three months of meetings, a group of five families opened escrow on Temescal Creek Cohousing, a "retrofit" cohousing neighborhood in Oakland, CA. They're called a retrofit community because they transformed an existing neighborhood into a cohousing community, rather than building from the ground up.

Plans for 2008 National Cohousing Conference moving right along

Mark your calendars for June 12 – 15, 2008, for the national conference to be held at Bentley College in Waltham, MA. Twelve miles from all that downtown Boston has to offer, charming Waltham itself boasts restaurants for every taste, as well as galleries, shops and an independent movie theater. A quick shuttle ride to Harvard Square connects you with the T – Boston’s mass transit system – to take you anywhere you want to go in the greater Boston area. The rolling hills of Bentley’s small, private campus are a picturesque setting for modern conference conveniences, from wireless Internet and projection-ready rooms to great dining options and apartment-style accommodations.

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How does cohousing differ from other kinds of collaborative living arrangements, such as intentional communities?

Some people involved with cohousing like to describe their communities as “intentional neighborhoods.” By contrast, “intentional communities” frequently connotes a shared religious, political, environmental or social ideology rather than simply the desire to have a strong sense of community with your neighbors. Cohousing residents privately own their homes and do not pool their incomes.

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