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|From: Raymond D. Gasser (raygasserdelphi.com)|
|Date: Wed, 17 Sep 1997 02:32:25 -0500|
Here at EcoVillage at Ithaca, we're about 1-1/2 miles up the hill from the center of town on what was once a farm. It had been re-zoned for a developer who was going to build 150 houses on 1-acre lots over the whole 176 acre plot. We got the land and so far have put up 30 households on about 3 acres. If we make it to our ultimate goal, there will be 5 neighborhoods with 150 houses covering around 25-30 acres, leaving the other 150 acres as woods, farmland & open space. I like the idea of re-using existing space (like sections of downtown) for CoHousing communities, and not eating up existing open space, but I think we found a way to keep existing open space mostly intact, where it would otherwise have been turned into ordinary suburbia. I do often miss being able to walk to everything like when I lived downtown, but now I love going to sleep & waking up to birds, frogs & crickets, rather than cars & trucks. And, oh, the stars at night... Ray Gasser raygasser [at] delphi.com
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