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Comfortable communalism

Posted by G.A. Matiasz on June 13, 2007

Berkeley Peoples Architecture presented a community plan, in the late 1960s/early 1970s, to transform the city of Berkeley into a groovy communal place to live. The plan involved making most of the streets car-free, people tearing down the fences between their properties to create block-long common spaces, incorporating private property into inalienable publicly-regulated land trusts, and so on.

A well-to-do Berkeley neighborhood has managed to take down the fences separating their backyards to create just such a communal residential space for themselves. A comfortable middle-class commons. It’s a far cry from the city-wide communalism proposed by Berkeley Peoples Architecture, yet an interesting read nevertheless. (here)


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