On this month’s episode, Milenko reconnected with Elliot Stockstad of Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity, our former project partner for the Woods at Golden Given neighborhood. As a rule, residents in the Woods at Golden Given neighborhood agree to a “no fence neighborhood,” or as Elliot puts it, “If you’re looking for a closed off life from your neighbors, this is probably not the neighborhood for you.” Drawing from our collaborative work with the residents of the intentional community, Elliot reflected on how our region could look in the future if more people look beyond the buildings–and the fences!–that make up their neighborhoods and focus on the social ties inherent to where we live.
For this special episode, we turned the table on host and interviewer Milenko Matanovic and asked him to share his own image of the future and reflect on the first six episodes of the podcast. We also checked in on his latest work, including his time spent in Slovenia exhibiting his career retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art.
This episode features an interview with Ron Sher, the founder of Third Place Books and founder and CEO of Sher Partners, a family real estate development, management, and investment firm. Ron has long been active in the community with special emphasis on the role of urbanism and preservation of the environment.