|Re:Streets and Driveways||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Joani Blank (jeblankhooked.net)|
|Date: Sat, 30 Nov 1996 23:32:32 -0700 (MST)|
Why yes, Thomas, it does look different to a stranger. First, it looks different because people going in and out of their houses are walking to their bikes or cars through the common outdoor area, usually greeting every single neighbor they see and perhaps stopping to talk to one or several on their way in and out of the community. When the weather is warm, folks often have their windows and doors open. People are always walking--or running in the case of kids--back and forth to one another's houses, and in and out of the common house. I suppose there would be times like late at night, or in the middle of a weekday when almost everyone is at work or school, when a stranger couldn't tell the difference, but with more people working at home these days, even then the place isn't deserted. With only twelve units at Doyle Street, three of us single people work at home, a fourth works mostly at home, and one person is at home all the time because she is retired and ill. There are other qualiities of the way a cohousing community feels in relation to this that I can't quite put into words. Perhaps others will have something to say about this. Joani Blank Doyle Street and Old Oakland/Swan's Market (Emeryville/Oalkand, CA)
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