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|From: Grace Kim (graceschemataworkshop.com)|
|Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2006 09:22:52 -0800 (PST)|
I'll chime in on Saettedammen. I was there in late 2004. By that time (5 years after Fred's visit), there had been some significant turnover (although almost 1/4 of the residents were still the original members). I think something like 5 members had passed away in the year prior and as a result they had an influx of young families. They were actively trying to figure out how to attract more young families (due to high cost of the homes which had significantly appreciated over the 30+ years). They were also concerned about how to take care of their aging elders and transfer critical knowledge about the upkeep/maintenance of their central heating plant and the actual physical structures. The elders (including my hosts) were adamantly opposed to leaving the community - this was THEIR community (not in possessive way but an emotional way.) They recognized that they could not do all the physical work, but had the institutional knowledge and time to devote to the upkeep and outreach (tours). They were a community in the crossroads and I think by now, they've probably had to make some decisions about how to deal with the issues of caring/planning for this aging population. I know since 2004, my host Ellen Vad also passed away due to cancer.
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