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Taking a glance at an another type of living

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Borrowing ideas from downtown Downieville and Copenhagen, Denmark, cohousing expert Charles Durrett gave Truckee residents a look at what may be the future for some local housing projects.For a very long time Ive wanted to come to Truckee and do this, said Durrett, addressing an audience of approximately 70 in Truckees community center.Durrett, an author and cofounder of cohousing in North America, gave the audience an overview of the environmentally friendly, pedestrian-oriented housing style that encourages interaction between neighbors.Simply put, its a place where there is life between the buildings, Durrett said.In the opening slide of Durretts presentation, a photo of a string of gray, identical tract homes filled the screen. Garage doors and the angular repetition of roof lines dominated the photo.Durrett spoke of his German friend, who upon seeing this photo, immediately asked Where are the front doors?Well, you dont need one. You just Genie up the garage door, put your dinner in the microwave and pop a video in the VCR and youre living, Durrett said sarcastically.Its exactly that cold, un-neighborly feel that so many suburban tract home developments foster that cohousing takes on.It feels like a village, said Durrett, who has planned cohousing developments from Bellingham, Wash., to Tucson, Ariz.The presentation was sponsored by the Truckee-based Sierra Business Council, a group that, among other things, is investigating ways to combat the increasingly unaffordable housing climate in Truckee.

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