|Desirability of proximity to Common Hous||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Hungerford, David (dghungerforducdavis.edu)|
|Date: Tue, 16 Aug 94 11:30 CDT|
400 feet is a REALLY LONG WAY from the common house. At Muir Commons, the farthest house is <250 feet away, and even that makes running back to the house to check on the kids or grab an ingredient the common house doesn't have while cooking inconvenient. Lugging laundry back and forth is inconvenient as well, and we have wonderful weather most of the time. As far as privacy/activity goes, it seems that is not nearly as much a function of how far you are from the common house as it is how many houses there are beyond you. In other words, privacy/activity is a function of how many people pass your house on the way to the common house. Its also the case that your proximity to an amenity (e.g. a "gathering node" affects how many people are hanging out in front of your house. People with smaller children (<7) seem to prefer being near where they can supervise their kids--and our personal experience is that kids require MORE supervision in cohousing than they would in a subdivision of single family homes. If your kids want to be at the common house, or to be playing "around the site" then you can't just stay at home to finish the (fill in your own list of endless household tasks.) Do you have parking near your houses or is it clustered by the common house? Seems I remember that your group has garages--a very good idea in Ithaca (we long for one in Davis.) If not, very few people would be thrilled at the prospect of lugging groceries 400 feet through the snow. good luck david hungerford Muir Commons
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