Re: Common function areas in neighborhoods?
From: Rick Gravrok (
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 17:56:58 -0700 (PDT)
I had this idea years ago, what it every block in every city had one house
& lot (donated by the city?!) for  daytime child care, home schooling
classes, gardening and a play area/sandbox, with a garage where folks could
work on cars, bikes, etc.

And evenings for: classes, discussions, Circle Processes (for problem
solving and for planning events, Transition Town meetings, political
discussions) and for neighborhood card nights, Flamingo Fridays, movie
nights, etc.

Some nights would be just for adults, or teens, or grannies, or ????

Invite politicians to visit. Do Talent Show nights.

What are your ideas?


Monterey Cohousing Community
St. Louis Park (Mpls) MN

Rick Gravrok
St. Louis Park, MN
952-926-6655 (landline preferred)
iPhone 952-220-8153

On Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 11:43 AM, Richart Keller <richart.keller [at]>

> Just a thought...
> One of the most important aspects of cohousing is the Common House.  It is
> a key facility which differentiates cohousing from other types of housing,
> neighborhoods, and communities.  By providing facilities in which residents
> interact in various ways--including the mailroom,  the kitchen/dining area,
> meeting rooms, laundry room, playroom for kids, etc. etc.--it is an
> important vehicle for building and sustaining social capital within the
> community.
> Are there ways in which such facilities could be provided within existing
> or new neighborhoods or housing developments?
> Perhaps this would expand opportunities for building community and provide
> an alternative to forming groups who are not able to gather enough folks to
> create a full-blown cohousing community.
> Such facilities could also strengthen the sense of community in some
> cooperative housing and other non-cohousing neighborhoods.  They might also
> provide a way to strengthen affordable housing developments...
> Rick
> Rick Keller
> Pioneer Valley Cohousing
> Amherst MA
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