Re: Re: The shelf life of decisions
From: ken (
Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2006 00:47:18 -0700 (PDT)
katie-henry [at] wrote:
>>I would be interested in hearing which policies established 
>>groups think are most important to get settled before move in.
> At Eastern Village, something that really blew up on us after move-in was 
> common house use. I don't think we discussed it much before move-in. It 
> didn't occur to anyone. I think we all assumed everyone else shared our 
> personal vision of how the spaces would be used. 
> However, shortly after move-in a group of residents sponsored a huge 
> weekend-long Jewish environmentalist workshop/festival, complete with Klezmer 
> music and dancing in the dining room. Other community members, who saw the CH 
> as being a cozy, quiet, private extension of their living rooms, went 
> ballistic. The organizers were accused of not giving sufficient notice to the 
> community, although I think they did what was required in the guidelines, but 
> the announcement wasn't properly disseminated. It caused a lot of upset and 
> hard feelings at an already stressful time. 
> Katie
> Eastern Village Cohousing
> Silver Spring, MD

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