Archive for the ‘co-housing’ Category

PARK NOW, PLAY LATER

Here’s another New Year’s wish for my home town: Let’s figure out how to integrate some public parks into where the people live in the urban core.  See, Phoenix has a remarkable number of acres devoted for public parks, and some are truly magnificent for desert vistas and hiking opportunities.  Last time I checked, Phoenix’s […]

Co-Housing, Part 7: Residential Vision for a Wireless Generation

I suspect that cloud computing – where the technology infrastructure resides “in the cloud” that supports computing and liberates businesses from the shackles of servers and other bulky equipment – and co-housing are headed for a delicious collision. This will be a paradigm shift of significant magnitude for Generation Wireless. Typical cloud computing providers deliver […]

Co-Housing – Part 5: Matters of Stakeholder Governance

Neighbors in the U.S. decided to take community-based matters into their own hands beginning in the 1900s (one of the first POAs being in Kansas City, in 1905), when they realized that governments, no matter how well-intentioned, can’t handle the variety and number of grievances owners have against their fellow owners in a subdivision or […]

Co-Housing, Part 4: Matters of Sharing

If less is more, than what can the co-housing dweller shed in the way of individually-controlled amenities? Take this inventory: How would you survive, if you had to share some of these with your neighbors, while getting something of value in return? Imagine sacrificing exclusive control of these items of luxury: Swimming pool Recreation room […]

Co-Housing, Part Two – Matters of ‘Turf’

Conventional, permanent, single-family housing presumes the fact of defined space. The Postal Service needs a street number to deliver the occupant’s mail. The County Assessor needs a parcel number so that it values, then computes and bills, your property taxes. Fire and police responders require an address in case of a call for help. But […]

Co-Housing, Part 3: Matters of Containment

Once you decide you can stomach living on turf defined as an easement, without any ownership rights, and you’re still determined how to live affordably and sustainably, then your next challenge is to overcome your aversion to the boxcar lifestyle. One of my daughters, a writer with considerable imagination, had to put away the Gertrude […]

Co-Housing, Part Two – Matters of ‘Turf’

Conventional, permanent, single-family housing presumes the fact of defined space. The Postal Service needs a street number to deliver the occupant’s mail. The County Assessor needs a parcel number so that it values, then computes and bills, your property taxes. Fire and police responders require an address in case of a call for help. But […]

Co-Housing: Part One – Matters of Style

Query: ‘So, you’re arguing that everyone in detached housing ought to be mobile, right? Doesn’t that conjure up the North Shore Oahu crowd in the 1960s, living along the beach, or the movie-conjured, white-trash, trailer-court life styles?’No, I’m not saying folks should be eager to pull up stakes and move their homes on 24 hours’ […]

Co-Housing: Forward – Residential Life in Community

A few weeks back, I announced my intention to write on how I suppose residential communities might be organized in the next 100 years. Two things prompted me to fuss around with this. First, an abstraction: What is the impact of tens of thousands of foreclosures and even more “short sale” workouts, with their accompanying […]