|Are common meals really so important?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Joani Blank (jeblankic.org)|
|Date: Fri, 16 Oct 1998 03:24:05 -0500|
Are common meals really so important? You bet! I've visited 15 cohousing communities (and four groups in formation) in the last 3 years, and I would say unequivocally, that most people living in cohousing feel that common meals are, in fact, the "glue" that holds the community together. To be sure, there are some people who attend common meals rarely for all kinds of reasons, but usually, those are the same people who don't use the common house for much of anything else either. There may be exceptions, but my guess is that over time most people who rarely or never eat common meals, and who aren't involved in some aspect of the common meal preparation, will eventually become those who feel least connected to the community. The only common house library I have visited that has any hope of being used, other than as a place for people to dump books they don't want any more in their houses, may be happening at Pioneer Valley (Amherst, MA) If that library (which is really large) gets used to any large degree, it will because two of the residents are librarians who have agreed to systematize the shelving of books there, and set up a system for their use. Even then, my guess is that mostly people will borrow books from their and take them to their private residences. Joani Blank Doyle Street CoHousing resident for 6+ years, and future resident of Swan's Market CoHousing, aka Old Oakland Cohousing, both across the Bay Bridge from San Francisco
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