Re: co-housing v.s. old-fashioned neighborliness
From: dwn2erth (
Date: Mon, 18 May 1998 19:02:34 -0500
-- I would certainly like to hear what the planners (or people who have
attended a lot of planning board meetings) think.. I have heard all these
arguments before in front of planning board after planning board..
including densities exactly at what are being discussed.  Growth limits
and small towns are also really important to protect and maintain. The
malls and car oriented developments have been destroying the small and
moderate sized towns for some time now perhaps you all could help. You
know , minor changes to existing neighborhoods can completely change their
character things like:
        Restoration of city blocks, rip out the fences and make common use areas
and set aside  housing units for common spaces..add pedestrian area , bike
areas and paths not necessarily on existing streets,  maybe even mixed
uses like commercial and retail and service could be added in an urban
setting.. look at urban homesteading laws and the economic advantages and
the potential for entire neighborhoods , especially in center city
neighborhoods.. Think about people not needing cars for every adult
working member in their group.. and yes, think about the potential for
adding the key elements into existing neighborhoods without having to buy
every house.., community gardens, community centers, day care, senior
centers, all without building new "from scratch"in someplace otherwise not
currently in ag or forest use. Sorry if I am don't fit your description of
being involved in a "community" but you might note that we have provided a
music and art center to this poor towns' teens and young adults for 5
years, at a loss every year,  I might add.and, have started and lived in
communal groups and coop businesses both urban and extremely rural for
close to 30 years now...  ( by the way Rob..please note that I am biting
my tongue really hard here.)

>dwn2erth [at]

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