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|From: Tim Clark (gsadixearthlink.net)|
|Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2006 10:27:58 -0700 (PDT)|
Cars and how they are treated has been an issue with me for years. In fact it has kept me out of cohousing until now. (we are having 8 attached garages). It isn't the car that is the problem it is the attitude and architecture about cars that is the problem. If all you can see is garage fronts when you look down the street of course it is a problem, but there are other ways to deal with cars then to punish them. Do you really want to see your brand new Prius out in the sun getting baked and cracked or how about a little acid rain for the car's finish? How about the extra water needed to keep an outdoor car clean? Do you enjoy lugging wagons full of stuff from the parking lot to your unit? For those aging in place or in a wheel chair is it easy to get to your unit, in the rain? Is perimeter parking another form of forced intimacy? How about the other functions of a garage other than storing a car, like extra storage, messy work space, play space on a rainy day when you want the kids to stay close to the house. I personally wanted a studio (garage). I want to be able to get up at anytime and go to my studio, without driving cross town to get to it. If I have an idea in the middle of the night I want to be able to go to work. I want to work in my underwear if that is what is happening (door closed of course). And if you say, "what about the common house craft space", ask any artist how they feel about working with other people or having to clean up after themselves when they are done. Has cohousing developed a knee jerk reaction to cars and how not to accommodate them? Tim Kaleidoscope Village
- Cars Sharon Villines, September 21 1999
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