There’s also a Boulder Cooperative Life photo pool on Flickr, collecting pictures from a wider range of community oriented living situations in Boulder, like co-housing. If you’ve got photos to share, join the group!
In 2009 a vegan documentarian stopped by Chrysalis for a chat on the porch…
In 2011 the Colorado Daily ran a story about co-op living in Boulder, geared toward students:
Chores, maintenance duties and cooking responsibilities are divided among residents and organized on a whiteboard. Masala residents said the community aspect is the biggest advantage to co-op living, but it may be a turn off for many CU students searching for freedom. Michelle Willett, marketing publications coordinator for CU’s Off-Campus Student Services, said the responsibility of co-op living is too familiar for students who have only recently moved away from their parents.
Ms. Willett must not have heard of the Berkeley Student Cooperative or Inter Cooperative Council in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which together house more than 2000 students, and have been operating since the depths of the Great Depression. That said, the BHC cooperatives don’t really serve Boulder’s undergraduate population, because it’s difficult for most students to meet our income qualification requirements.
In 2012 Chrysalis was chosen as Best New DIY Venue by Denver’s Westword Magazine:
Though these days Boulder is mostly high-tech ventures and other moneyed interests mixed in with the university, remnants of the best part of its hippie past remain in place. Chrysalis Co-op is as its name implies: a communal living space where people not only live together, but grow food and share ideas and creative ventures. The co-op has also reached out to the community well beyond Boulder to host events, including avant-garde musical performances and poetry readings. By sharing food with everyone involved in the performances as well as the building’s inhabitants, the good people of Chrysalis provide a unique and intimate experience, the spirit of which infuses every happening hosted. While not as active as a more traditional DIY venue, this place has been an oasis of underground art in Boulder.