12 Oct '11, 11am

It looks like a hippie commune. It smells like a hippie commune. But it is not a hippie commune!

It looks like a hippie commune. It smells like a hippie commune. But it is not a hippie commune!

The G•O Logic prototype passive house. Photo: Steve Chiasson Scanning through the website for the Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage development in Belfast, Maine, you might find yourself wondering if this is a buncha pinko commies who've just slapped a fresh coat of paint on the '60s commune-in-the-woods routine. Says here there will be extensive common facilities (uh huh), complete resident management (ayup), a non-hierarchical structure (I have heard this all before). But wait, what's this? Separate income sources? WTF? "We probably do have some hippie communists [in the group] that have grown up and look a little different now," says Sanna McKim, the project's founder. "But this is really about a return to an old fashioned neighborhood. I want to have more to do with my neighbors, I want to share more -- but I don't want to share everything." Oh, thank God. This super eco-...

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