Re: (Mostly) favorable article on Emerson Commons, with some explanations
From: Virgil Huston (virgil.huston1955gmail.com)
Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:38:47 -0700 (PDT)
What is wrong with a commune? Serious question. Co-housing scares me
for two reasons: 1) affordability and 2) often minimal real community
(a communal dinner a week isn't much of a community and you can get
that in a country club setting or via other means). One has privacy in
most communes if you want it and it is not all orgies.
Virgil

On Fri, Jun 23, 2017 at 3:26 PM, William C. Wood <woodwc [at] gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Here it is:
>
> http://www.c-ville.com/trying-cohousing-ready-break-ground/#.WU1qRGjyviw
>
> The money quote is: “It’s not a commune. It’s not something to be afraid
> of,” says Rebecca Gammon as her 2 1/2-year-old son makes his rounds to the
> adults in the room. “It’s an alternative way of living, but it’s not so
> different from what we’re used to.”
>
> Bill
> --
> William C. Wood
> Director, Simplicity House
> http://simplicityhouse.org
>
>
>  Trying again: Cohousing ready to break ground
>
>
> Every kitchen sink will face a window that looks out into the front yard in
> a new 26-home development in Crozet. Lounging comfortably around the living
> room of their clubhouse, Emerson Commons residents call this design “classic
> cohousing,” because it encourages interaction with neighbors.
>
> Periphery parking lots that allow for a traffic-free and kid-friendly
> community, all mail addressed to a main clubhouse and weekly potlucks and
> playgroups are also intentional ways to bring residents together at the
> development that’s scheduled to break ground this summer.
>
> But some community members say outsiders often misinterpret their intended
> lifestyles.
>
> “It’s not a commune. It’s not something to be afraid of,” says Rebecca
> Gammon as her 2 1/2-year-old son makes his rounds to the adults in the room.
> “It’s an alternative way of living, but it’s not so different from what
> we’re used to.”
>
>
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