Project: Greenwood Avenue Cottages
Architect: Ross Chapin Architects
Developer: The Cottage Company
Photographer: Karen DeLucas
Shared Common Space

The shared common space at the heart of a pocket neighborhood is what holds it together and gives it vitality. This space may take the form of a garden courtyard, a playspace at the center of a block, a reclaimed alley, or a community room shared by urban apartment dwellers. The commons is neither private (home, yard) nor public (a busy street, park), but rather a defined space between the private and public realms. Residents surrounding this space share in its management, care and oversight, thereby enhancing a felt and actual sense of security and identity..
When neighbors participate in envisioning, building, and using a shared commons, they simultaneously build relationships with one another.
Karl Linn , landscape architect & community organizer