Re: Play/toy weapons
From: David Heimann (
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 08:27:29 -0700 (PDT)


At Jamaica Plain Cohousing we have a rumpus room that contains video and exercise equipment. The policies for its use pertain to safety, protecting the equipment, and avoiding disturbances to areas outside the room. There are no policies as to what gets watched, so for an adult it's their choice and for a child it's a parent-child discussion.

David Heimann
Jamaica Plain Cohousing

P.S. -- During our development, someone referred to the four P's as potentially contentious issues: "Pistols", "Pets", "Progeny", and "Paying". Guns and swords are on that list!

Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 15:30:01 -0400
From: Sharon Villines <sharon [at]>
To: cohousing-l [at]
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Play/toy weapons
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On Jul 20, 2016, at 1:42 PM, Tiffany Lee Brown <magdalen23 [at]> 

My overall impression was, "if this community is anti-gun, shouldn't that be 
written into their community guidelines? Why find this out after you buy a townhouse 
and move across the country??

When communities are starting there are huge numbers of things to do and to 
decide. Plus you have 30+ households  moving all at the same time. Everyone has 
a household in shock. They can?t find anything and their pets and children are 
going nuts. And they are learning how to manage a multi-million dollar 
residential real estate project. Maintenance, inspections, etc.

Issues are dealt with that involve present residents. It would be impossible to 
deal with all the issues in the world. Plus no one knows what all those issues 
are until someone with them moves in.

It?s also hard to predict what will be an issue. One person?s issue is another 
person?s common practice. Following common sense rules doesn?t work in a 
diverse community.

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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