How We Live is our new series exploring how the places people live reflect their beliefs and principles — what the physical space says about the way they live their lives. We began by exploring tiny houses. In this show we’ll talk about co-housing and pocket neighborhoods.
Pocket neighborhoods are clustered groups of neighboring houses or apartments gathered around some sort of shared open space — a garden courtyard, a pedestrian street, a series of joined backyards, or a reclaimed alley — all of which have a clear sense of territory and shared stewardship.
The local developer Eli Spevak, who was on our show about tiny houses, has built a number of co-housing developments in Portland. He currently has a new one being built in Northeast Portland called Cully Grove.
Whether they’re classified as pocket neighborhoods (usually with less than a dozen homes) or co-housing developments (which may have many more), these neighborhoods have some key things in common, including shared facilities and a neighborhood design that encourages a sense of community. Advocates say children are safer and people develop stronger, more caring relationships when they live this way.
This show will broadcast live from one of Spevak’s developments — Peninsula Park Commons on Albina Street in Portland. Here are some shots of the space we’ll be in:
And here are some photos taken during the live show at Peninsula Park Commons:
Do you live in a development where you share common space — and perhaps common beliefs — with your neighbors? What are the benefits? What are the drawbacks?