Re: Building with Equal Access & Preparing for electric cars on site
From: Diana Carroll (
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 07:29:13 -0800 (PST)
I imagine for many communities, like ours, it is simply topologically
impossible to design for all spots in the parking lot to be equidistant to
the units.  The only way I can think of to do this, at least with our
townhouse setup, would be to provide parking AT each unit...which violates
on of those core cohousing principles of keeping cars on the outside, and
designing for pedestrian access inside.

I love how pedestrian friendly our community is, and would not sacrifice
that just so that everyone has to walk the same distance to their homes
from their cars.

On Monday, February 16, 2015, Sharon Villines <sharon [at]>

> > On Feb 15, 2015, at 9:40 AM, Diana Carroll <dianaecarroll [at]
> <javascript:;>> wrote:
> >
> > Less technically difficult but perhaps more challenging are the social
> > ramifications: other than those with carports, our community parking is
> > undesignated, and the "best" spots (those closest to the units) are taken
> > on a first come first served basis.  (Hotly contested, let me tell you!).
> > If we set up charging spots outside of carports, how do we make sure that
> > the people with electric cars can access those spots when needed?  Do we
> > reserve them just for individuals with electric cars?  Is that fair to
> > everyone else, who are now competing for even fewer "good" spots in the
> > lot?
> This is something developing communities need to think carefully about.
> AND write down your reasoning so new residents will know from the outset
> the whys and what fors. Living in Cohousing has taught me why condos are
> designed identically. It's very hard to apportion unequal facilities fairly
> - and who knows what fairly is. If you put in 20 storage spots for 40 units
> there will eventually be conflict and frustration. 20 bicycle parking spots
> for over 40 bicycles.
> Having small units and large units promotes diversity. Unequal access to
> storage or parking is more like some units having kitchens and others not.
> Design for equal access.
> Sharon
> ----
> Sharon Villines
> Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC
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