Re: Private use of Common Space
From: Jeanne Goodman, JP Cohousing (
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2005 10:20:38 -0700 (PDT)

Very interesting points. We arrived at the same point with very different conclusions to get us there. I hadn't imaged some people might view it that way, but certainly see that as a possibility. Thanks for the feedback.


----- Original Message ----- From: <Dahako [at]>
To: <cohousing-l [at]>
Sent: Sunday, September 18, 2005 1:08 PM
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Private use of Common Space

My biggest disagreement with the viewpoint that common space is an extension
of individual space is that leads quite a few people (in my  experience,
mostly those inclined to introversion) to guard common space from "strangers" the same way they protect their private space. And, to me, the commonhouse is a
place for not only the residents of the cohousing community to  come
together, but a place where managed interactions (including parties, workshops, music, meetings) with the greater public community can happen -- early and often.
There are so few spaces in American life where this sort  of secular
community meeting can happen anymore outside of a commercial setting. To my mind, the idea of actively used commonhouse space is one of cohousing's great gifts
to the world.

Jessie Handforth Kome
Eastern Village Cohousing
Silver Spring, MD

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