Reinventing Community: Stories from the Neighborhoods of Cohousing


A collection of first hand experiences from inside these unique neighborhoods, offering a glimpse at the personalities and dynamic that make them work.
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A collection of first hand experiences from inside these unique neighborhoods, offering a glimpse at the personalities and dynamic that make them work.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555915018
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/22/2005
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David Wann is a master gardener and holds a Master's degree in environmental science. He is the author of Deep Design and a co-author of the acclaimed Affluenza. He has written for Colorado Country Life magazine as well as several newspapers.
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Table of Contents

Laboratories of social change of "yuppie communes?" 3
"Bofaellesskaber?" : an interview with the pioneer couple of American cohousing 13
Guiding a community home 24
Ten great reasons to live in cohousing 32
Sharingwood stories 34
How sixty-seven tons of brick connected a community 36
What I learned from children about giving and receiving 41
Looking back - but only for an instant 42
A recipe for saving the world, one bagel at a time 49
How does cohousing create sustainability? 52
If not us, who? 59
Preserving open space - and my sense of humor 69
Money, homes, and trust : economic diversity at Wild Sage 76
Have conscience, will build : a developer reflects on cohousing 82
The journey to 90 percent recycling at Quayside Village 93
The landscape of cohousing and other reflections 99
Growing pains, trials, and triumphs 105
Reflections of a cohousing elder 114
Learning from the land 118
With a little help from my friends 124
Heroes, villains, and hopeless hams : kid theater at new view cohousing 132
Divorce unites a community 137
My less-than-perfect community 139
Bringing life back to an urban neighborhood 144
A different kind of fixer-upper : retrofit cohousing 154
Building community - in more ways than one 161
Sage-ing, not aging, at Silver Sage : the birth of an elder community 165
Reaching beyond ourselves : foster parenting in cohousing 169
The sewing lessons 173
John's offer 174
Burning souls, founders, and maintainers : the evolution of Muir Commons 176
Through the looking glass 189
How can we forget move-in? 201
Stairway common meals, cohousing-style 204
Fearless John Mackey's last days 206
Half-man, a styrofoam mannequin, disappears at the Harmony Village garage sale 209
Cooking for fifty : crisis or opportunity? 212
Art at Rosewind : joy and ruckus 220
Growing a garden, growing a community 226
How the work gets done 234
Let cohousing put you in the driver's seat 239
It takes a village to raise a mother 240
The annual retreat is here! 250
Celebrating a wedding at Greyrock Commons 252
Winter solstice : warm and cold 255
Dancing our story 259
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