Inside the fences on North Campus, we noticed a change in the way people interact with one another. People seem more at ease than they do on South Campus, where the pathways are open to the street. We were reminded of magical shared backyards from Turtle Bay Gardens and MacDougal-Sullivan Gardens in Manhattan to Cobble Hill Towers in Brooklyn.
These beloved and sought after rear gardens are shared by residents yet secure from the street. They become private parks where children can play safely together and neighbors host seasonal events.
If we reopen the front doors on all of the buildings so that the back doors can become back doors again, we can create shared backyards at Clinton Hill Coops.
We are thinking about how all of this underused land can become a place that residents will use and enjoy. We want to know what you think. If you had a shared backyard, how would you use it?