Re: Is the Common House a Public Building?
From: normangauss (
Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2004 14:12:41 -0800 (PST)

     Our community is in a small city (population about 25,000).  We are
located away from the central business district.  Our neighbors are
generally middle class.  Our community is build around the common house and
has limited pathways from the adjacent street.  We have a central plaza
through which access to the common house is attained.  Thus traffic in an
out of the common house is quite observable from a number of different
viewpoints.  Perhaps that is why we, so far, have not seen the need to keep
it locked during the day.

Norm Gauss
Oak Creek Commons
Paso Robles, CA
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Sharon Villines" <sharon [at]>
To: "Developing cohousing - collaborative housing communities"
<cohousing-l [at]>
Sent: Tuesday, December 21, 2004 6:01 AM
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Is the Common House a Public Building?

> On Dec 21, 2004, at 1:24 AM, <normangauss [at]> wrote:
> > Not only is it a common house it is an open house to anyone.  That
> > sounds
> > pretty public to me.
> Are you rural? Ours is always locked. Only adults have keys. Some
> interior rooms are locked, partly at the request of parents who want to
> know when their children are using the rooms. Having to ask for them to
> be unlocked means the unlocking adult in responsible for cleaning the
> room if necessary when they depart.
> Sharon
> -----
> Sharon Villines
> Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC
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