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shop_1aConcord Village is named after the successful 1600's pilgram settlement near Plymouth Rock, a town which was later immortalized by Paul Revere's Ride to warn Concord, the first battleground of the revoluationary war. In the 1800's, Concord writers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott and Henry David Thoreau created the first "American literary voice."  This blog explores some of that early history and the history of our own modern Concord Village here in Arizona.

concord-village-300x242The town of Concord Massachuesetts played an important role in the underground railroad.  Click on the map to the left to download a PDF of significant locations in Concord used by slaves escaping Southern states.  At least a dozen buildings in Concord are known to have hidden rooms which housed slaves during part of their year-long nighttime trek North.

whatsinanameDictionary.com defines "concord" as an "agreement between persons, groups, nations, etc.; concurrence in attitudes, feelings, etc.; unanimity; accord; agreement between things; mutual fitness; harmony; peace; amity; a treaty; compact; covenant."  The original Concord Village in Massachuessetts was named as such in 1635 because of the peaceful accord with the neighboring natives from whom they purchased the land just a few months earlier.

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THOREAU_EMERSONConcord's agricultural interests continued on with their 200-year deforestation process until in 1850 the forest only covered about 10% of the land, compared to 90% when the native Algonquians lived here, leaving only the forest around Second Division Brook and Walden Woods.  The town's giant sponge, its forest, is largely gone, so water levels rise taking in surrounding industrial pollutants even sewage.  Many swamps are drained for pasture, but with extensive erosion and sedimentation, farmland ditches must be dug out regularly. Farm size decreases and land is used intensively.  With the nearly extinct wilderness and further encroachments of modern society as a backdrop, Concord's home-brewed brand of naturalist writers began to explore the purity of nature and man's role in the natural order of things.

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cv-revolutionConcord Village started the 18th century 70% forested with sawmills buzzing. More roads are built, and the town center is a busy crossroad and gathering place.  At the 1775 Revolution it is only about 30% forested. and as hunting continues, game grows increasingly scarce. Cultivation, pastures, and wandering livestock cause erosion, sedimentation, and murky waterways.  Productive soils and woodlot firewood are scarce, so subsistence farming becomes common.  As the local people face scarcity, British rule and taxation taking away further money and resources begins to seem unreasonable.

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cv-FrenchConcord1636The original town of Concord Village in Massachuesetts was founded in 1635 when an English merchant peacefully purchased six square miles of land from local natives.  The village was named for the uniquely harmonious "concord" (or accord) struck with local Algonquians.

In the years preceding the purchase, there was a small native community called Musketaquid, which was situated on Nashawtuc hill in Concord, but the tribe was decimated by the small pox plague brought by the Europeans, leaving only a remnant of its prior population.  Several early American outposts had failed with entire communities starving to death in the winters, or in violent conflicts with local tribes, and so this uniquely peaceful relationship caused the settlers to honorably rename the town from its Algonquian name within a year of founding it.

At the time of the purchase, the Concord area was 90% forest-covered and was the first official town in the interior of the Massachusetts Bay.  This was the unspoiled rugged West of the day.

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Sometimes, as the ONLY HUD financed coop in Arizona, Concord Village feels quite alone.  No one really understands us, not propsective buyers, not the banks or the courts, and sometimes, not even our members.

However, while Concord is the only HUD coop in the state, we are not alone in the nation.  In 2012, we are among 340 coops that are financed by HUD, and below is the list.

  1. AZ - Concord Village, 631 E Lexington Pl, Tempe AZ 85281
  2. CA - Amar Plaza, 15622 Amar Rd, La Puente CA 91746
  3. CA - Ammel Park Coop, 656 Grove St, San Francisco CA 94102
  4. CA - Anchor Down Mobile Park, 260 E. Bradley, San Diego CA 92021
  5. CA - Astoria Gardens, 14015 Astoria St Ste A, Sylmar CA 91342
  6. CA - Capitol Manor, 175 N Capitol Ave, San Jose CA 95127
  7. CA - Clifford Manor, 240 Clifford Ave, Watsonville CA 95076
  8. CA - Diamond View Apts, 296 Addison St, San Francisco CA 94131
  9. CA - Dos Pinos Housing Cooperative, 2550 Sycamore Ln, Davis CA 95616
  10. CA - Eastern Gardens Coop., 3045 Eastern Ave, Sacramento CA 95821
  11. CA - Finley Square, 407 - 417 East 120Th, Los Angeles CA 90061
  12. CA - Florin Gardens Apts. Cooperative, 6951 24Th St, Sacramento CA 95822
  13. CA - Florin Gardens Coop East #1, 2471 57Th Ave, Sacramento CA 95822
  14. CA - Florin Gardens Coop. East, Phase II, 2536 Wah Ave, Sacramento CA 95822
  15. CA - Freedom West I, 820 Mcallister St, San Francisco CA 94102
  16. CA - Freedom West II, 621 Gough St, San Francisco CA 94102
  17. CA - Garden Grove Manor, 10632 Bolsa Ave, Garden Grove CA 92643
  18. CA - Glenridge Apartments, 137 Addison St, San Francisco CA 94131
  19. CA - Golf Greens Mobil Estates, 8665 Florin Road, Sacramento CA 95828
  20. CA - Heron Court, 350 Gunter Ln, Redwood City CA 94065
  21. CA - Hollywood West Apts, 5712 La Mirada Ave, Los Angeles CA 90038
  22. CA - John Muir Homes I, 3441 Sentinel, Martinez CA 94553
  23. CA - John Muir Townshouses II, 3441 Sentinel Dr, Martinez CA 94553
  24. CA - Las Casas De Madera, 510 E Market St, Salinas CA 93905
  25. CA - Loren Miller Homes, 950 Buchanan, Bldg #2 St, San Francisco CA 94102
  26. CA - Martin Luther King/Marcus Garvey Sq, 1680 Eddy St, San Francisco CA 94115
  27. CA - Mayfair Golden Manor, 2627 Madden Ave, San Jose CA 95116
  28. CA - Northridge Coop Homes, 1 Ardath Ct, San Francisco CA 94124
  29. CA - Oak Knolls Apts #1, 6 Bucklew St, Marin City CA 94965
  30. CA - Pecan Park Mobile Home Estates, 14215 Pecan Park Lane, El Cajon CA 92021
  31. CA - Ponderosa Estates, 913 Drake Ave, Marin City CA 94965
  32. CA - Professional Hsg & Dev, 1020 S Kingsley Dr, Los Angeles CA 90029
  33. CA - San Pedro Townhouse #1, 13935 San Pedro St, Los Angeles CA 90061
  34. CA - San Pedro Townhouse #2, 13913 S. San Pedro St, Los Angeles CA 90061
  35. CA - Savo Island Cooperative Homes, 2017 Stuart St, Berkeley CA 94703
  36. CA - Southgate Town & Terrace, 7543 Franklin Blvd, Sacramento CA 95823
  37. CA - Unity, Peace & Freedom, 220 Cashmere St, San Francisco CA 94124
  38. CA - Voorhis Village, 505 N San Dimas Canyon Rd, San Dimas CA 91773
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