Intentional Neighbourhood Design Cohousing communities are specifically designed to encourage opportunities for interaction between neighbours. This differs dramatically from typical neighbourhoods today which are designed to accomodate the automobile. Pedestrian Orientation Most cohousing community are designed to be pedestrian friendly. This means the automobile is usually put in parking lots away from the main community area. Units are built closer together and have a pedestrian walkway in front of their doors in stead of streets. This design resembles villages built before the automobile became king. The pedestrian walkways often have benchs, children play areas and meeting nodes. Kitchens in the Front Cohousing homes are also designed slightly different from typical homes. In cohousing, the homes are designed with the kitchen and other busy rooms facing the pedestrian street. In this way the residents can watch their children play or whatever else is going on. The private areas of the individual homes face to the back away from the pedestrian street. This ensures every unit has its share of privacy. Common House Centrally Located Most cohousing communities have the common facilities centrally located, often between the parking lot and the homes. The common house often contains the mail boxes. People coming home from work or wherever walk by the common house to pick up their mail and bump into each other.