|Barbed wire?!||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Joaniblank (Joaniblankaol.com)|
|Date: Sat, 14 Jan 95 19:59 CST|
I was very disturbed by the sarcastic mention of barbed wire in a posting dealing with strangers/visitors. It shows complete disregard for the the legitimate saftey and privacy concerns in many of our communities. Our community (Doyle St.) is in the city, directly across from a busy coffee shop, a busy beauty parlor and a dozen other small businesses. Absent our "residential parking only" sign we would be hard pressed to keep customers of those businesses out of our lot. The parking lot which holds only 11 small cars plus a 12 foot wide patio is our only common outdoor area. If our little children (three of them between 2 and 4) step outside our entrance way--there is no gate because we want to be visually open to the surrounding community--they are literally in the street. Ths is a narrow street, and large trucks are frequently all but blocking it. We're very careful, but it is not unusual for non-residents to pull into our entrance quite fast to turn around so as to grab one of the scarce parking spots on our side of the street. Those of you who are in the suburbs or out in the country have some luxuries of openness that we cannot enjoy. Even there, however there are safety considerations. Finally, I think all of us are interested in hearing the opinion of anyone on this list about any subject related to cohousing.. However, this is not the place for rudeness or put-downs Disagree if you will. And don't hesitate to be challenging and provocative. But please do it with respect for the ideas of others.
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