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Where Housing and Innovation Coalesce

Uploaded: Jul 4, 2020
Okay, what can we do about housing? - The Venn housing model for Menlo Park.

When I was in school in Madison, WI, I and a small allegedly well-behaved consortium rented a house from a professor who was on leave for a year. The house was designed by TAA (Taliesin Affiliated Architects – disciples of Frank Lloyd Wright). This house and its history influenced my tastes. Another attribute of Madison are several Tax Islands (subsets of the city, namely Shorewood and Maple Bluff) within the city limits, where for whatever reason the property tax is lower (so I was led to believe).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taliesin_(studio) Taliesin Studio

In a formerly run-down dilapidated corner of Tel Aviv, adjacent to a highway, some local visionaries built a living and co-working complex with the mission to promote the sense of community within large cities. This is Venn, which I visited a couple of a year ago. The name commemorates English mathematician, logician and philosopher, John Venn, of Venn Diagram fame. See, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Venn


See, https://www.forbes.com/sites/startupnationcentral/2019/06/25/how-israels-venn-arrived-at-the-future-of-urban-community-living/#6d2eb03a7355
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Posted by Kevin, a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks,
on Jul 7, 2020 at 9:52 am

Links in article aren't working :(
Got my attention because I'm interested in cooperative solutions and I went to a Taliesin-designed K-12 school in southeast Wisconsin


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Posted by JCH, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park,
on Jul 9, 2020 at 4:26 pm

Shorewood Hills and Maple Bluffs are NOT part of Madison, the are separate villages that are surrounded by the City of Madison. Just as the Town of Madison or Middletown are separate entities than the City of Madison.

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It is hard to tell from the article what the innovation is that you are referring too? If it is a bunch of people renting a house to save money or "co-housing" as you say, this is hardly an innovation. Being done right here in Palo Alto and Menlo Park as we speak.

Can you also explain what the tax basis of Shorewood Hills and Maple Buff has to do with the article??

Plenty of co-housing spots all over Madison too, literally hundreds of them.


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Posted by JCH, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park,
on Jul 9, 2020 at 4:35 pm

"When I was in school in Madison, WI, I and a small allegedly well-behaved consortium rented a house from a professor who was on leave for a year. The house was designed by TAA (Taliesin Affiliated Architects " disciples of Frank Lloyd Wright). This house and its history influenced my tastes. Another attribute of Madison are several of Tax Islands (namely Shorewood and Maple Bluff) within the city limits, where for whatever reason the property tax is lower (so I was led to believe)."

1. You rented a house with friends.
2. It was designed by FLR.
3. This influenced your tastes.
4. Something about Tax Islands?? That is never explained nor why it is mentioned??
5. Link to the Wikipedia to FLRs studio in Spring Green WI?

This paragraph make no sense. Zero. Apparently the Almanac needs to hire an editor.


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Posted by House Extension Architects in Walthamstow, a resident of another community,
on Jul 20, 2020 at 8:33 am

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Posted by [email protected], a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest,
on Aug 23, 2020 at 10:03 pm

[email protected] is a registered user.

Helpful information. Lucky me I found your site by accident, and I'm stunned why this accident didn't took place earlier! I bookmarked it. Web Link


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Posted by Wilmington Concrete, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park,
on Aug 29, 2020 at 7:30 am

Wilmington Concrete is a registered user.

While the links aren't working I can see where you were going with the article. I also like the style of home you reference in the article and have worked with contractors from Web Link on houses like the one you reference in the article.


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