Private vs. Public space, next to back door
From: edwin (
Date: Tue, 6 Jul 2004 16:33:42 -0700 (PDT)

I have a question about the amount of private space surrounding a house in a cohousing community. I would like to know how various communities would handle my situation, and if similar conflicts have arise in other groups, how it was resolved.

We live in a small cohousing community with limited space. We have a small bunny hutch for our bunny, which is currently in a less than ideal spot in front of our house.

We would like to move the hutch to a space right next to our back door. This would be in a small as-yet unplanted dirt area, which has been designated as a spot that some sort of planting would be done. The hutch would not take up all the planting space.

Our back door faces the common house, and there is a concrete plaza in between where kids like to play.

Some members of the community are against us relocating the bunny hutch to this area, saying that it would be unsightly or otherwise undesirable. Those opposed are not from any of the households which are right up against the plaza.

It is very difficult for us to accept that we cannot have any control over this space, or at least some greater measure of consideration when the decision is made as to what to do with this space. On the one hand, the space outside our back door is part of the commonhouse plaza; on the other hand, I could not conceive of trying to dictate what is done right outside of the doorway of any other household, without strong consideration of the needs and wishes of that unit's occupants.

Any ideas and help on this matter will be greatly appreciated.

Temescal Creek Cohousing

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