|Community life in Italian town||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H Olson (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2006 16:33:55 -0800 (PST)|
LK Dingeldein <lkdingeldein1 [at] msn.com> is the author of the message below. It was posted by Fred the Cohousing-L list manager <fholson [at] cohousing.org> after changing the subject line and deleting the quoted digest. -------------------- FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS -------------------- >From lkdingeldein1 [at] msn.com Sat Apr 1 16:10:40 2006 Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2006 23:44:53 -0700 From: LK Dingeldein <lkdingeldein1 [at] msn.com> To: cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org Subject: Re: Cohousing-L Digest, Vol 26, Issue 59 Dear Cohousers, I own a home at Milagro Cohousing in Tucson but am presently on a years stay in Italy with my husband and son. We are staying in a small medieval village, Orvieto, in Umbria. There are about 8,000 residents living here. We have found life in this community to be rich and rewarding. The physical layout of this village lends itself to interaction, There are two main streets, limited to pedestrian use mostly, where people must pass along to go to the train or parking lot, do their shopping and socializing. Every evening the Orvietanos "Meet and Greet" as part of the age old custom of the "passagiata" or evening stroll, before dinner. Almost the entire town turns out, often dressed for the occasion. A lot of business is conducted right there on the street (One person told me this was a chance to catch up with his friends and his enemies.) People do not use the phone to call one another very much as they are sure to run into one another on the street or at their favorite local bar or outdoor market. The homes, built from the 10th century through the 18th century primarily are small so prefer people get out and spend their free time sitting in the square or cafes. I have seen a number of elders, primarily widows, who may have moved there in later life to be close to everything, from the farms outside the village. I have seen many families with babies and young children. On the weekend, I often see groups of family members and friends of all ages, strolling around with gelatos. No one is in a hurry at these times and a meal can take 4-5 hours (Orvieto is a "slow food" village). I marvel at this and wonder whether it could be imported to the US, for example, where there never seems to be enough time to linger and stroll and, how to design communities that encourage people to take that kind of time. Community life is enriched by these unstructured times. Libby Kelley Dingeldein Milagro Cohousing http://www.milagrocohousing.org/
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