Re: Question about accepted norms in the common space
From: Ann Lehman (
Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2020 10:47:38 -0700 (PDT)

We have a similar set up but without the issues you mention ( except for one 
smell of bacon but that is between floors).  Perhaps and Architect or builder 
could help?


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> On Oct 22, 2020, at 6:04 AM, Ruby Reay <rurubux [at]> wrote:
> Hello,
> I hope it's ok to ask the following in this forum. I live in a rather compact 
> senior coho. I am curious if other similarly structured cohos have agreements 
> or accepted norms regarding behaviors that contribute to noise and smells. In 
> a large part of our building, the units face each other, 3 floors worth, and 
> are 25 feet across, with over hangs. It's a bit of a "canyon" where we have a 
> lot of reflected noise and smells. While this provides us with a lot of 
> engagement due to our proximity, the other characteristic of this closeness 
> is when a resident opens their door, for example, their activity permeates 
> the common space and often the interior of the nearby units. Things like 
> garlic, onions, fish, zoom calls, tvs on loud, long phone calls--you get the 
> idea--are unintentionally shared. I am curious if others have similar issues 
> and how they have dealt with them.
> Thank you,
> Ruby Reay
> Phoenix Commons
> Oakland, CA
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