Comment 1693

By adrian (registered) | Posted October 23, 2006 at 16:32:50

There's more than one way to build a condo. When I was in Holland a few years ago, I visited my aunt. She lived in a multi-story condo, perhaps 6 or 8 stories high.

The elevator was enclosed, of course, but when the top doors opened I was surprised to find that we were outside. There was no interior hallway in the building. Rather, there was an outdoor "hallway" - more like a good-sized sidewalk - that went around the outside of the building.

It ran just past people's balconies. The balconies themselves had small fences (the size of a white picket fence), but that was it. Going to her place was like walking down a sidewalk past other people's houses, except we were six stories up.

This has the effect of creating a real community, because all of the things that are good about living in a neighbourhood - sitting outside and seeing your neighbours, chatting over the fence, saying hello as you walk by, helping people shovel some snow, commenting on their flowers or the weather - were still there.

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