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Backyard Neighborhoods

Last updated: February 28, 2016 (3 months ago)

Listing created on: August 16, 2011

Backyard Neighborhoods

(San Francisco, California, United States)

Mission Statement:

The goal of this group is to connect people in any city or town who want to share all or parts of their backyards to create large, shared spaces where children can play and learn together spontaneously and neighbors can get to know each other easily and hang out and do things together.

Community Description:

The goal of this group is to connect people in any city or town who want to share all or parts of their backyards to create large, shared spaces where children can play and learn together spontaneously and neighbors can get to know each other easily and hang out and do things together.

Some may just want to share portions of their backyards and nothing else. Others may want to share a few more things, such as tools and outdoor toys, and perhaps share occasional meals outdoors. And some may want to develop into retrofitting cohousing communities with some shared indoor facilities like N Street Cohousing in Davis, California, where fences have gradually been removed from the backyards of 19 houses. Those that focus on permaculture might even become urban ecovillages. Sharing backyards and some indoor facilities might be especially appealing to families who practice unschooling or other types of home education. Some families might want to pool resources to set up a laboratory or music room, for example. or share other educational resources.

If you own or rent a home with a backyard and would like to have neighbors who want to remove or change fences and share parts of their backyards (or you already have shared backyard space and want to notify interested people when a home on your block becomes available for sale or rent), please see the “Blocks with Potential” page at BackyardNeighborhoods.org.

And if you would like to buy or rent a home on a block where there are residents who want to share parts of their backyards, you can contact us to be added to an announcement list. Please be specific about which area(s) you are interested in, such as a city, region, state, or country. Whenever someone tells us about property for sale or rent in a block where a resident wants to share backyard space, we will make an announcement to the people who are interested in the area that the block is in.

Also, please contact us if you hear of two or more houses next to each other for sale or rent at the same time, on any block. We could then contact the people interested in that area. (We could also help connect people who want to buy or rent in the same area if they want us to do that.)

The founders of this group live in San Francisco, but we also want to help create backyard neighborhoods in other areas.

We will never sell or rent any email address, and we won’t give your email address to anyone except a person or group you ask us to give it to.

About

  • Type(s): Unspecified, or Other
  • Location: To be Determined

Housing

  • Additional Comments: Backyard Neighborhoods is an online community created to help people create various physical communities.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 2
  • Visitor Process: Backyard Neighborhoods is an online community created to help people create various physical communities.
  • Visitors accepted: No
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: Our online community doesn’t have a formal membership process. What we need most is publicity, so if you like our mission, please link to BackyardNeighborhoods.org at your personal or other website or blog, your Facebook page, etc. You could also add a link to our site as part of the automatic signature on your email messages. If you like to write, please consider posting comments about us on relevant websites and sending letters about our website and mission to online and paper newspapers, newsletters, magazines, etc. And please keep a few pieces of paper with our website address in your wallet to give to your friends with backyards, especially those who have children. They may have an unexpressed craving for an old-fashioned neighborhood, where their kids can run out the back door to play with friends in a field with trees and bushes and flowers, and the adults can watch the children play while they chat with neighbors over a low garden fence.

Government

  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Additional Comments: Backyard Neighborhoods is an online community created to help people create various physical communities.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: No
  • Additional Comments: Backyard Neighborhoods is an online community created to help people create various physical communities.

Sustainability Practices

Lifestyle

  • Additional Comments: Backyard Neighborhoods is an online community created to help people create various physical communities.

Keywords

retrofit cohousing, ecovillage, home education, homeschooling, self-directed learning, unschooling

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.