We dubbed this project “K’House”, pronounced like “KaBoom!”. It’s a shortening of “Cohouse”, with the letter K as a hat tip to our new neighborhood, Philadelphia’s Kensington South.
By early June, we’d raised enough money to buy a plot of land (three plots in fact). Most exciting to me, over half of the money raised came from members of the Indy Hall community, all first time property investors.
As summer took hold, we kicked off July with a BBQ, a backyard gathering enjoyed by some members of the Indy Hall community. Since, I’d found myself answering the question, “So, how’s the Indy Hall house coming along?” rather often.
Unfortunately, we launched the project without a particularly good way to tell the story of this project as it unfolded, nor had we provided clear calls to action for people to get involved in ways they were interested in. Without these tools, the project had fallen victim to “behind closed door” syndrome.
Indy Hall has been a massively public project for its entire lifecycle. We’ve done everything in public, including sharing growth as well as growing pains. We’ve even shared financials and other figures from the business. We’re confident that this has had a large impact on both the value and the notoriety of Indy Hall, not just on our members but on people watching from outside of our walls.
I don’t like doing things FOR people, I like doing things WITH people, so “doing it in public” is my preferred mode of operation.
So today, we’ve relaunched the K’House website, with “doing it in public” in mind!
Some things to take a look at on the new website:
- Our take on cohousing, as it relates to coworking and an urban environment. And some backstory on how we got here.
- A bit of background about our concepts for the Indy Hall K’House, in their earliest stages
- Some photos from events over the summer
- Background on the neighborhood of Kensington
- Some of our favorite places to hang out near the house
- Our event calendar, which we’ll be populating with activities, and events that we’re organizing and attending.
- A discussion list, for questions, ideas, and conversation about the Indy Hall K’House
- Opportunities to be a resident, be an investor, or be a supporter/friend of the project
We’ve still got a lot of work ahead of us, but now we can do that work in public. I hope you’ll join us for the ride!
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