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PDX Commons Gathers Together for Portland Women's March

Members of PDX Commons with Signs
Portland March

Gretchen's Reflection:

The benefits of intentional community can sometimes come as a surprise – especially when the community is still in formation, not yet even living together. When members of PDX Commons learned about the Women’s March on Washington and all of the sister marches around the globe, including one right here in Portland, there was a strong spontaneous desire of wanting to gather together, joining forces to march with our community identity: At PDX Commons, we stand for kindness, compassion, fairness, justice, equality, human rights for all.

Cohousing Kicks Butt For The Women's March on Washington

This is a re-post from MidAtlantic Cohousing; click here for all the fantastic pictures and full story!

From all over the U.S. and the world they came to DC. Singles, couples, groups. All stripes and colors. Very young and very old. Women and men. All genders. All faiths. All traditions.

They came to march.

There are many, many exciting stories out there about The March, the marchers and the message.

This is not one of those.

Grad School Essay: Cohousing Fostered Intellectual Curiosity and Prioritization of the Collective Good

Note: Jessie is sharing one of her graduate school essays, a personal reflection that profiles how cohousing affected her view of the world. I imagine that every child who grew up in cohousing has woven that experience into their college applications. Coho/US would welcome collecting and sharing these inspirations! Please contact us. This photo is of Jessie and some of the other Nevada City Cohousing kids.

New beginnings from a seasoned cohousing professional

After 16 years of successful collaboration, Laura Fitch and Mary Kraus are choosing to independently focus on our preferred areas of interests. As the sole proprietor of Fitch Architecture and Community Design, Laura Fitch will continue to provide a full range of architectural services to cohousing clients. Mary Kraus will focus on early cohousing group formation and programming. We will continue to collaborate where our interests overlap.

Here is a Happy New Year message from Fitch Architecture & Community Design that celebrates and announces Laura's new firm.

Access to Common Areas in Cohousing

There’s a lot of high-tech, computer-managed, log-keeping, badge-triggered access and security technology available for buildings — but in the US, it’s unusual to find such advanced systems serving moderately-priced residential properties.

Germantown Commons in Nashville Hosting the 2017 National Cohousing Conference

Germantown Commons of Nashville Tennessee is hosting the 2017 National Cohousing Conference in May. And your presence is especially requested!

The National Conference promises an exciting array of educational opportunities, networking and a fun time in Nashville. The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel will be the host location for the conference. It is minutes from the new Germantown Commons.

Rural Cohousing: Being a real neighbor in the old-time country sense

Several months ago there was a blog suggesting that “seniors” should look for cohousing communities in urban areas. While I understand the blogger’s reasons (having lived in cities, suburbs and rural areas), I’d like to offer an alternative for retirement or pre-retirement living.

National Cohousing Open House Day - Saturday, April 29, 2017

Plans are underway for our 2nd annual National Cohousing Open House Day, the last Saturday in April. Such synergy we created last year - as a national movement, within our network of area communities, and within our individual communities! We enjoyed participation from 95 communities across the country who opened their doors and welcomed the public. 2017 should be even bigger!

Reserve Study Webinar Jan 25, 2017

For those interested in the Reserve Study webinar hosted by National Condo
Advisors, please follow these instructions:

Please register for Reserve Study-Why Every Community NEEDS One!! on Jan
25, 2017 2:00 PM EST at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4766942937729361410

The Home Buying Decision + The Home Happiness Calculator

David Brooks writes in the NY Times (Jan 6) that buying a home is the most difficult decision in life. We don't choose a house so much as fall in love with it, he writes, and although we may envision a home with exotic things in which we will host large gatherings, most folks really seek privacy and tranquility. Lots of interesting angles here, true to David Brooks, but the real crux of this opinion piece - to me anyway - is his very last and almost lost comment at the end:

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