Brian Pastarr with the Bassett Creek Cohousing Project
Brian PaStarr has had the concept of cohousing in his mind ever since he was a small boy growing up on a farm in SW Mn. At that time, farmers worked cooperatively with other farmers to get their work done. When doing this, they had community meals and lots of conversation. Brian moved to Minneapolis in 1978 to be a community organizer for a non-profit called the Self Reliance Center, which still exists around the idea of community and using energy wisely.
He became a teacher in 1985 and retired on January 7, 2017, after 32 years of being both a Regular and later Special Education teacher with Minneapolis Public Schools. He has two daughters in their early 30’s, one who lives in St. Paul, Mn. and one who lives in Anchorage, Alaska.
Brian now splits his time between volunteering for MN350.org, the environmental group, and developing cohousing in the metro area. He likes the idea of community, shared decision making, and eating in a common house with his cohousing neighbors. Living in a downsized and energy efficient home with friends nearby is something he hopes to do soon.
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