Would you volunteer for cohousing?

#2
Um, no. I like having my own house. Cohousing seems to be some more socialist bullshit that's being forced down our throats. Just wait, in ten years, cohousing will be manditory.
 

ExpectantlyIronic

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#5
I'm not fond of the Kantian habit of considering every action in light of the effects it would have if everyone were to do it. As is obvious from the comments on this thread, we are in no danger of everyone running out and signing up for cohousing. Not that such a thing would be all that bad. In fact, I think people would be far happier if they were more sociable and less distrusting of each other. Individualistic thought is obviously taken too far when we're driven to be weary of any cooperation amongst other folks. You aren't being oppressed by Jim helping his neighbor Tim fix his tractor without a guarantee of material reciprocity. In fact, a habit of only forming friendships on the basis of similarities in age, interests, etc; as opposed to proximity or other such factors, can be a threat to individualism. It makes us more cliquish, and more likely to be intolerant of differences.

I see cohousing as a reasonable reaction of folks who feel wanting for social capital due to the nature of our society and the harsh individualistic mindset of the masses. The world is becoming more urbanized and we often find ourselves living amongst people who are very different from us. This causes people to isolate themselves from their neighbors almost instinctually. Even for those of us who aren't going to run out and sign up for cohousing, I think we'd all be better off if we attempted to fight those gut fears that prevent communities from forming. We won't be telling campfire tales in the streets anytime soon, but it's always nice to know where you can go to borrow a cup of sugar.
 
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Moiraine

Guest
#6
http://www.cohousing.org/overview.aspx
Read more about it there. It doesnt sound that bad really. Parents get a nice safe community where their children can roam the area safely. Elderly people, especially those with relatives far away, can have a sense of security and neighbors to look out for them. You still get your own house too..so I don't see why privacy would be an issue...
 

pro2A

Hell, It's about time!
#7
It doesnt seem like a great idea. I like my privacy. If I wanted to share a common area I would get a roomate.
 

Swiftstrike

Registered Member
#8
Eh sounds ok...for the right people. Personally it sounds like a creepy attempt at some sort of utopia. By forcing people to live so close together and contact with one another to form relationships. It could work if people were willing but even then it sounds...a bit odd.

I prefer my privacy I think most Americans would see it the same way.

Besides hows a guy gonna masturbate?
 

Corona

Registered Member
#9
Eh sounds ok...for the right people. Personally it sounds like a creepy attempt at some sort of utopia. By forcing people to live so close together and contact with one another to form relationships. It could work if people were willing but even then it sounds...a bit odd.

I prefer my privacy I think most Americans would see it the same way.

Besides hows a guy gonna masturbate?
I doubt cohousing means group showers.
 
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leopardpm

Guest
#10
I actually like the idea of co-housing (as long as it is voluntary, of course). There are many advantages which could be gained from such little planned 'villages'. I currently am raising 4 children in a relatively new housing development which features the standard HOA and a small greenspace and playground for common use. This isn't an example of co-housing, but I can see how it would be great to have a common building for both the kids and adults to meet and do activities. Our house becomes the central point usually for other kids to gather currently, and though I enjoy the company, it becomes alot of work to pick up and be the 'parent' to everyone's kids (not to mention feeding and such). I think a community building with large play areas, TV/media rooms, perhaps a pool and extensive playground, and even some rooms to be used ad hoc as class rooms and other separate activities, would be a boon to a group of 20-50 parents. Such a group of parents could provide for daycare, home schooling, and other things that can be more difficult for single parents.

I remember an apartment complex I lived in as a child that had a 'clubhouse' which served as a focal point for the kids and allowed the adults to meet each other easily and develop neighborhood parties and such. We had dances for teenagers, a street hockey team, adult bicycling events, and other things.

I think such neighborhood centers help increase the safety for kids, help to get to know your neighbors, and help ease some burdens when folks hit rough patches in life. These days it seems that people hole up in their houses, almost viewing others with great distrust and insecurity - like your neighbors are 'the enemy' or something.

There is nothing really about this co-housing idea which takes away from a person's privacy - it just adds a social layer into one's environment which can be participated in as one sees fit.

Other benefits:
Community wide WI-FI access (lower cost), common computer access in the common house for those would still don't have one at home, there could be 'shop' areas for car maintenance with some common tools (air compressor, high-powered water hose for car washing, large workbenches, individually lockable storage rooms/lockers, easy oil change area, etc). Same with possible gardening equipment and other things that people might use only occassionally but could save on purchasing by common ownership.