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WRCC - Presentation to West End Neighbors

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high stresses on isolated households
work/life balance

heightened fear
awareness of local and global problems
Winding Rivers Cooperative Community
Neighborhood Impact
Possible Properties
Who Are We?
A group of households with shared values and a shared solution to common problems.
Mission & Vision
We are a cooperative residential community embodying shared
values
of
social justice
,
affordability
,
diversity
,
and
ecological living
.

Our mission is to foster lives of connection and well-being for
12-20 diverse households
in the St. Louis metropolitan area through living in an
ecologically
sustainable

way,
sharing
our time and resources with each other, and building strong,
healthy relationships
within our group and with the surrounding community.
Central Courtyard! Eco-retrofit! Historic! Adjacent Gardens!

Currently 30 units. Final would be 18-24 units. Some units combined. Four units retrofit for community common areas:

Dining room, meeting room/Living room, kitchen, guest bedroom, kids play-room, possibly art studio or other craft areas.

Also would include basement bike work-shop, garden tool area. laundry.

Physical:
Rehab vacant building (historic+eco)
Community gardens in vacant adjacent lots.
Play structures
Not sterile - whimsical


Social:
Highly engaged community-minded residents
Additional Community Hub
Drop-off point for CSAs, FNB.
Social gatherings, movie-night, potlucks.
Diversity commitment/reality
Mixed-income
Winding Rivers is a forming intentional community in St. Louis, MO, engaged in holistic real-estate development.
The Age of Loneliness
is Killing Us.
isolation, disconnection, &
dis-empowerment.
‘Social isolation is as potent a cause of early death as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Loneliness is twice as deadly as obesity.’
--George Monbiot
Isolation and
Disconnection
Lead to:
Social collapse,
Alcoholism and addiction,
Accidents,
Depression,
Paranoia,
Anxiety and suicide,
Dementia,
High blood pressure, and
Early death.
Dis-empowerment
Leads to:
Overwhelm, Civic disengagement, apathy, dis-empowerment,
depression.
Solution:
Social division,
Racism/Segregation,
Poverty,
Crime.
Lack of green space/engagement with nature,
Inconvenience/lack of walk-ability,
Lack of well-integrated mixed-income housing.
Climate change,
Extreme socio-economic inequality,
Over-consumption,
Biodiversity loss.
Regional Issues
National/Global Issues
Neighborhood issues
coming together
People who are:
Interested in working together to form a community,
Hold shared values (environmentalist etc.),
Open minded,
Committed to non-violence,
Social change-oriented,
Civically engaged,
Welcoming of all types of diversity.

Often, members are:
Professionals, self-employed, artists, teachers, non-profit employees, health workers, or stay-at-home parents
Tend to be educated
Desirable Site Attributes:
12-20 small-footprint independent units (own bath & kitchen) - not a shared house.
Ideally with a mix of unit sizes from studios to 3-br.
Building(s) have “social architecture”
Design of the spaces so that they help create social interactions
With central area at ground level to convert to a
shared common space
(dining room, kitchen, guest bedrooms, office, children's play-room, laundry, etc...)
Entrance passes through common areas
All units with line of site to common areas (
central courtyard is ideal
).
With possibility for adaptive space-sharing between units.
All units in a single building or units spread across a cluster of multi-family buildings
Suitable for eco-retrofit or partial retrofit (make use of existing building(s))
HVAC systems not recently “upgraded”
Southern exposure preferred
unshaded flat-roof (solar)
Possibility to augment with new construction
Attached land for garden and social space
How much green space? one-to-two lot minimum for urban spaces. More rural areas 10 acres could be used.
Close to transit lines
Walkable business district
Good schools (some people had stated an interest or willingness to home-school)
Distant from points of toxicity
Chemical and auditory
12,000 sq. ft. minimum total indoor living space.

Cabanne and Hamilton

Our Development Process
We have been writing documentation and figuring out financial structure for two years.
Are in the early stages of our property search.
We are doing outreach to find more member households.
Intentional Community
Cooperative
Cohousing
Ecovillage
Cooperative:
Community-focused
Home ownership
More information
Aaron Michels - 314-252-0870
ic.org
windingrivers.org
www.facebook.com/
StLouisEcovillageNetwork

www.meetup.com/
St-Louis-Ecovillage-Network/

Problem:
Photograph: Feri Lukas/Rex
www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/14/age-of-loneliness-killing-us
Neighborhood Resources:
Semi-public meeting spaces,
Community-oriented trainings
disaster preparedness
community living/soft skills
Community purchasing,
Neighborhood visibility/tours
Intentional community:
An ancient tradition!
Pioneer Valley, MA
Petaluma Ave. Homes, Sebastapol, CA
LILAC,
Leeds, UK
WRONG!
St. Louis Interest
~5 existing communities (small)
~20 forming groups
500+ households in StLEV-Network
30+ households subscribed to this development (attended meetings)
10+ have worked on the development
~6 will likely join the final development
multiple shared
meals per week
group projects
frequent meetings
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