JG writes:

I wonder if the housing office would be willing to share data for the past 10-15 years on the co-op draw/off-campus aps to know if there is a notable increase post-clusters.

An excellent idea. Perhaps a reader will find out? There has definitely been an increase in the last three years, from 189 in 2006 to 300+ in 2009, but I am also interested in the longer history. Let’s collect some of this history now. The below are my vague guesses about the highlights of the last 20 years. Does anyone know the real story?

1980s: Very few co-ops (40-60 spots) and some modest competition to get in to them. Key issue was that co-op students could not take any meals in the dining hall, so you had to be really committed to cooking.

1990s: Co-op spaces increase significantly (to around 100), mainly through the addition of Poker Flats, which was formerly faculty housing. (When did that happen? Who deserves credit?) But co-op demand also goes up dramatically because (?) students are now allowed to be on a (partial?) meal plan and live in a co-op.

2000s. Co-op spaces stay the same, but demand sky-rockets as more and more students view co-ops as, not so much co-ops, but cool places to live with their senior friends. Neighborhood Housing accelerates that effect.

But the above could be completely wrong! What is the real history?

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