Well, I'm off and running. Houston, one of the least ecologically oriented cities in the States, is due for a face-lift, and I'm interested in gathering people who are interested in working to make that happen.
The goal is to begin organizing a co-housing community that would include a zero-carbon-footprint (or as close as we could get) design, affordable construction with heavy sweat-equity involvement, inner-city reclaimation value, greenspace for community gardens, recreation areas, etc., small local businesses to provide the community with a local presence, our own co-op, communal dining and celebration areas with nightly pot-luck and communal suppers to encourage community development, artistic encouragement including resident storytellers and other artists, communal care of our "human seedlings and saplings", and other features that would allow such a community to not only manage, but flourish.
The goal is to put together a functional business plan, begin organizational structure as a non-profit, search out private and federal grant sources, develop a working budget, and begin seeking grant funding at the end of 2006 or beginning of 2007. The initial community would be set up for 8-15 families and would reach out to the surrounding external community as well.
If you are interested, feel free to share this, as well as posting comments. I'll be putting together a group on which we can discuss details as interest grows. Ideally, we'd be ready to meet and discuss the basics of bylaws, etc., by the end of July.
Looking forward to an interesting and exciting future.
Storm Weaver Bladewing