|Frog's Common House|
I've been here for two days and asked a thousand questions. Distilled down, the answers to all those questions are this:
|The Song Neighborhood|
|The Frog Neighborhood|
Each neighborhood has regular meetings in a common house where they also share three or four meals a week. The kitchens in both common houses are impressive with double stoves, lots of counter space, racks of dishes, a clean room for washing dishes, and a large stocked pantry. There are teams of people, lead by a head cook, who cook the meals and clean up afterwards. A shared laundry is also provided, complete with big industrial dryers and clotheslines outside. Every family in the community is responsible for "donating" a certain number of work hours per week. There are teams for all kinds of activities: mowing, snow removal, cooking, upkeep.
One of the founders wrote a book describing the concept and such issues as how they resolved disputes, whether or not to rent parts of the land to farmers for organic food production, selling and renting the homes, rules about external upkeep and cleanliness, etc. It seems clear to me that the rules are different in the two neighborhoods. Song seems more laid back. There are bicycles, toys and tools out in the yards, gardens in front and back of the homes, less concern about keeping things painted, whereas Frog is more fastidious and well kept. There seem to be more children in Song too, and pets.
|The Borg Cube House|
|View of Song from one of the trails.|
|Kitchen in Song's Common House|
|Library, living room, and movie theater in Song's common|
house. A screen descends over the books for videos
|View of Frog's Common House from Song's central pathway.|
|A nice day for drying clothes.|