After the first week of California’s stay-at-home order, my sister asked me if the pandemic was causing us to re-think our CoHousing commitment.
“Quarantine would be way better with CoHousing,” was my immediate response. Living in more community during the unusual circumstances of COVID-19 may seem counterintuitive, so let me explain…
A fundamental aspect of CoHousing is sharing, including shared spaces. However, all CoHousing communities, Truckee River CoHousing included, have fully-equipped private homes as well. In this way, all member-units can be completely isolated from each other. And unlike a typical condo or townhouse community, there are built-in systems for communicating and coordinating to keep neighbors both safe and connected.
Does life continue as usual? No, of course not! As in all communities, there are varying levels of the “new normal” taking place in CoHousing communities around the world.
“It’s weird because you used to stand two feet away from someone on the sidewalk, but now you stand six feet away from them,” reflects CoHousing resident Marianne Dickinson in this article “My cohousing community helps fight coronavirus isolation” on curbed.com.
CoHousing communities across the United States have cancelled shared meals and activities, but are working together to find constructive solutions to balance the competing needs for safety, connection and mutual support, as illustrated by this article “Coho with Coronavirus” on cohousing.org.
CoHousing offers the promise of a tight-knit community that makes even more sense in times of need. A network of supportive and collaborative neighbors close-by can be a huge benefit.
“We have a wonderful guy, Herb, who is making regular runs to the [food] coop,” posted Sharon Villines from Takoma Village Cohousing, “When others are going shopping they put out a message and people can contact them with their list. So far I think every request has been filled.”
My husband’s family lives in a flat in the center of Valencia, Spain. They love the urban location, but have been on a strict lockdown that forbids even exercise on the city streets. In Truckee, we are especially fortunate to have accessible natural spaces in all directions.
The future home of Truckee River CoHousing is no exception, with over 1300 feet of river frontage for all to enjoy. We will have great access to the paved Truckee Legacy Trail as well as the massive network of dirt trails available for hiking, cycling, trail running, snowshoeing, or whatever activity gets you out into the mountains.
Truckee River CoHousing is more committed than ever to our project. In the coming months, we will continue to celebrate the benefits of “Community Space, Private Space, and Open Space.” We are putting the final touches on our building site plan, which will be included in the West River Village submission to the Town of Truckee.
Explore our future neighborhood via a virtual tour or connect one-on-one for more information. Now more than ever, social distancing is showing us the value of vibrant local communities.
RSVP for an online tour at https://www.truckeecohousing.com/calendar/.
Truckee River CoHousing is a grassroots group of North Tahoe locals collaboratively building an ecologically-designed community at 10925 West River Street, in Truckee, California. The community features private homes, shared community space, and exceptional access to mountain and river open space. To learn more, visit https://www.truckeecohousing.com and RSVP for a virtual site tour or one of the group’s public events.
West River Village is a commercial re-development on West River Street aligned with the Town of Truckee’s River Revitalization Strategy. The project will feature housing for locals, a wellness center, coworking space, and a boutique hotel. For more information contact email@example.com.