Dan Commer, one of the original residents of the El Moore, will be moving soon, and we will miss him. He has an opportunity to pursue a Master’s degree in Urban Planning at U of M, and will be moving to Ann Arbor this summer. Last week I had a chance to sit down with Dan to talk over his experience living at the El Moore.
A few years ago, Dan had been living quite contentedly in Lafayette Park, working on his undergraduate degree in Urban Planning at Wayne State. Most of the time he was commuting to his classes by bike. Dan volunteered on Saturdays with Earthworks, and one day another volunteer mentioned that Dan might be interested in the work at the Green Garage. He stopped by for one of our Friday lunches, and attended a few more before hearing from Jason Peet about an apartment building just down the street that was being sustainably renovated, the El Moore. He has been a resident for two years now.
What attracted Dan to this particular living situation was the strong community focus and an opportunity to visit with Lodge guests from all over the world. In fact, a while back Dan hit it off with a visitor from Germany, Michael (a filmmaker); they exchanged contact information, and later, when Dan had an opportunity to get to Germany with Professor Robin Boyle’s class, he made arrangements to meet with Michael in the Phoenix Lake area of Dortmund, Germany.
We will miss Dan’s presence, especially his casual visits with all of us in the parlor. Dan, we wish you the best in this next phase of your life, and hope to talk with you about your adventures regularly. The parlor is always open.