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The End of Dome Village

1:16 PM PDT on August 31, 2006

Dome Village

From the AP:

A community of futuristic domes once billed as a utopian refuge from life on the streets is being dismantled and auctioned online.So ends Dome Village - activist Ted Hayes' model of a self-governed, self-sufficient society on a downtown lot visited by celebrities but largely unnoticed by thousands of commuters who buzz past on a nearby freeway.

The unceremonious end doesn't reflect the sadness of residents who must leave by October. On a recent sunny afternoon, about a dozen lounged in beach chairs as they took a break from packing.

"We have such a family here," said Graham Foster, 51, a former nightclub manager who arrived three years ago after living several months in a battered motor home. "Closing down is almost like an explosion."

When Hayes founded Dome Village 13 years ago, he envisioned it as a cooperative of 30 homeless people working and living together, and counseling each other through tough times. Most of the domes were homes for individuals or families, while others served community purposes such as men's and women's washrooms.

The domes are for sale on eBay starting at $3,000.

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