|Re: Streets and driveways.||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Joani Blank (jeblankhooked.net)|
|Date: Fri, 29 Nov 1996 23:23:43 -0600|
In most condo complexes you have a parking place at or very near your unit that may make your condo complex feel not too different from neighboring complexes or other streets or dwellings in the larger neighborhood. Even in a cohousing community that has a real street that cars "could" go on--and very few of them do-- it is the fact all of the cohousing residents know each other very well that makes the community space not feel like "public" space. Imagine, if you wil, an arbitrary removal of all the fences and other architectural and landscape barriers from the back yards in a conventional older suburb. With the exception of a few kids who might be loose in the unfenced and now shared community back yard, and some back and forth between a couple of neighbors on the block who happen to know each other, there would probably be little interaction among the neighbors and a stranger wandering in might not even be recognized as a stranger. The feeling of semiprivacy that is created when ALL the neighbors know each other well does result in strangers usually staying out unless invited, even though there may be pathways or sidewalks, and maybe even streets--at least driveways--into the parking areas or leading directly into the shared outdoor space (pedestrian street or courtyard. "All eyes on the common space" with the units open and oriented toward that area really works to define where the community begins and "public" area ends and in a very subtle but very effective way. The sense of community is palpable and "no trespassing" signs should never be necessary.
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