|Re: Re:New communities and children||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (floriferousemail.msn.com)|
|Date: Sun, 18 Oct 1998 19:10:07 -0500|
At Sharingwood we started with elder adults. Early on, before we had even begun to plan for our commomnouse, we invested $400 in a large, colorful playset in the center of the community that was and continues to be a magnet for our kids and visiting kids. Then visitors and potential members could see kids playing, see how kid friendly we were, not just by our intentions, which are often defined by invisible agreements or words, but by an actual physical structural commitment. If your goal is to attract kids, you should design a playset at the very least, and Ideally built it first. If there is nothing to show that kids live there, people with kids will not be as attracted. I have visited more than a few cohousing groups that have very few kids. Its actually a conflict source in a couple of places, because people with kids moved in wanting this great kid scene and it never happened. These places also have no physical sign that kids are around. Nor do they have any kids elements in their plans that I could see. No outside play ground in particular. Rob Sandelin Sharingwood Cohousing 31 adults, 21 kids resident
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