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Today, you’ll get the inside scoop on what it’s like to live in AND to be a founding member of an intentional community. My guest, Mike Moore, has lived in his community for over 25 years in a ground-bound tiny house designed by Jay Shafer.

In This Episode:

  • Breakups: Who stays and who has to go?
  • Cluster zoning is a mutually beneficial arrangement
  • An informal but effective selection process
  • What is a legacy clause?
  • Considerations for ADA compliance and aging in place
  • Thinking about living in (or starting) an intentional community? Listen up!

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Guest Bio:

Mike Moore

Mike Moore

Mike Moore is one of the earlier proponents of the modern tiny house movement. He built his first tiny on a foundation in 2005, designed by Jay Shafer. This was located at Potluck Farm, an intentional community of 13 families on 170 acres in Rougemont, North Carolina. In 2017, he moved into his second tiny just next door at Elderberry Cohousing. Elderberry consists of 18 households on 11 acres, and was designed for those 50 and up. Mike brings over 25 years of experience with intentional communities and tiny house living to the discussion.



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More Photos:

Mike's tiny house is the smallest at Elderberry

The common room is where they hold their monthly meetings

Mike's first tiny house at Potluck was designed by Jay Shafer


That is a beautifully decorated door!

Most of the land in the communities is in a conservancy


Individual lots are fairly small and the neighbors are close

The main room at Mike's house has a Murphy bed and plenty of room for a small Christmas tree


Mike Moore 0:00

In a lot of ways, joining an intentional community is sort of a self selecting process. The people that want to join are going to be the ones that are most appropriate. If somebody doesn't want that kind of arrangement, this and this, I really am not interested in that.

Ethan Waldman 0:16

Welcome to the Tiny House Lifestyle Podcast, the show where you learn how to plan, build and live the tiny lifestyle. I'm your host, Ethan Waldman, and this is episode 214 with Mike Moore. Today, you'll get the inside scoop on what it's like to live in, and to be a founding member of an intentional community. We cover everything from how to come up with the money to buy the land, how to come up with the rules, how to choose new members and more. My guest Mike Moore has lived in community for over 25 years, and he lived in a ground bound Tiny House designed by the one and only Jay Shafer. I hope you stick around.

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Mike Moore is one of the earlier proponents of the modern tiny house movement. He built his first tiny on a foundation in 2005, designed by Jay Shafer. This was located at Potluck Farm, an intentional community of 13 families on 170 acres in Rougemont, North Carolina. In 2017, he moved into his second tiny just next door at Elderberry Cohousing. Elderberry consists of 18 households on 11 acres, and was designed for those 50 and up. Mike brings over 25 years of experience with intentional communities and tiny house living to the discussion. Mike more welcome to the show. I'm glad I'm glad to have you here. Excited to talk all about intentional communities and cohousing. So I guess let's start with Potluck Farm, can you can you tell us more about what potluck farm is maybe how it got its start?

Mike Moore 3:07

Sure. It started about four or four or five families in the late 80s. All friends and co workers who would get together about once a month just to have potlucks. They also did a week at the beach at Thanksgiving every year. And they would just sit around and of course and talking about, "Well, let's we should buy some land." And around 1990 I believe they quit talking and did it and bought about 120 acres, pooled their money and bought that that piece of land. It has since grown to 170 acres and is now 13 families. And it's been going for over 30 some years also still going to the beach every year. So legend has it that the the the start of it was born in a in a hot tub, but I don't have any idea if that's really true or not. They changed people over the years here and there. But some of the original folks are still there. I came along in about 1987 or '88, possibly. That was back in my married days. And we bought one of the three acre lots and first put a manufactured home a trailer on there for a couple years and then built up a conventional home of about 1800 square feet or so finished. And then we split in 2004 and that's where I had to leave the community for a short period of time but they wanted me back and so that's when I built my first tiny.

Ethan Waldman 4:53

That must be difficult and that's something that a community has to deal with when you know when a marriage breaks up where people break up, you know, how, how is it decided who kind of who gets to stay? And who gets to leave, leave? Or do both people stay?

Mike Moore 5:09

Well, it usually is, at least in my case. And I I'm certainly not the only one that went through this experience there. I can get into that a little bit. But it was an amicable type situation. So my, my wife got the house. And a little further background, there's at least I think, three couples over the years that have split up, and there was one home, sort of an extra home on the on the land that we used as sort of a community building that became sort of like the lost boy's home, so that anybody who was going out of a relationship usually stayed there for a few months before they found something new to, to go to. But most of the splits that I can think of were amicable. And so it just worked out as it would in everyday life.

Ethan Waldman 6:02

That's good to hear that it's amicable. And, you know, I think something that appeals to a lot of people but also scares a lot of people about intentional communities. It is that kind of needing to get along with and work with all of your neighbors and come to come to agreements. I've heard that there are a lot of meetings.

Mike Moore 6:27

Yeah, if you're not a meeting fan, it can be a little difficult. Of course, over the years, you get better at meetings. And you know with 30 years of experience at Potluck, they've gotten pretty good at meetings. There are monthly meetings, usually they do a fun meeting one month, and the next month might be business. And of course at the start of any community, there's going to be a lot of meetings and all those are business.

Ethan Waldman 6:53


Mike Moore 6:53


Ethan Waldman 6:54

Right. All of those meetings are business. I'm curious. You know, it sounds like you weren't around for the start of Potluck, but that you are, you have been a part of the founding of of Elderberry. Right, is that correct?

Mike Moore 7:10

That's correct. What, what the, the way that Potluck evolved was, I had a cleaning business, and I cleaned the homes of several of those members of Potluck before the actual building of homes out at the property began. And so I would always see the notices for the potlucks and the meetings and I'd say, "Well, what's this all about?" And, and so that's how sort of I got into Potluck. Elderberry was started in about 2007.

Ethan Waldman 7:43


Mike Moore 7:44

And I was part of that at that point.

Ethan Waldman 7:46

Interesting. Okay. And And can you talk about some of the differences between Elderberry and Potluck?

Mike Moore 7:55

Yeah, there's a lot of differences and a lot of similarities because, of course, the some of the, the original founders of Elderberry came from Potluck. But first of all is is we are not intergenerational at at Elderberry.

Ethan Waldman 8:11


Mike Moore 8:12

We're all 50 and up. So it became a place where the kids have grown and gone. And we wanted less to take care of and smaller spaces. But the there are a lot of really probably more similarities. I mean, we share some equipment, and we share some land with them. We share a community building with them. All kinds of resources, like paths and ponds and orchards and stuff are shared. So there's probably more in common than not, plus the fact that we're only probably, I guess it's about 200 yards away. So from each other, so it's more like sister communities than adversarial.

Ethan Waldman 8:58

Adversarial. You have a community to play when when you all want to, like play baseball against one another. To as true.

Mike Moore 9:07

Although it's funny, I don't know how many of us or into the sports thing. We do occasionally get a member that's, that's into like March Madness or something and then we don't know what to do with them. But, but we're more on the order of croquet and shuffleboard.

Ethan Waldman 9:28

I'm more of a music guy myself. And so tell us about the tiny house that that you had designed by Jay Shafer.

Mike Moore 9:39

Well, when I was I had left Potluck, I was gone about a year and the members of Potluck wanted me back and I wanted to be back but there basically were no lots left.

Ethan Waldman 9:52


Mike Moore 9:53

There were there was quite a bit of land. There's about 100 acres that we don't use. In fact, most of it's in a Land Conservancy at this point. But there, there was one three acre spot. It was a very odd shaped lot, very narrow. And of course, I'd been looking at the tiny house stuff for some time. And,

Ethan Waldman 10:13


Mike Moore 10:14

so we worked out a deal where I just, instead of buying that lot, I leased it.

Ethan Waldman 10:20


Mike Moore 10:21

on a long term lease and for very little amount of money. And then I went ahead with my plans with Jay. And he drew up ah, it was actually one of his homes that was about for him at that time was sort of large it was like 100.

Ethan Waldman 10:38


Mike Moore 10:39

I think it was 10x12. Most of his were at that point, were under 100. But I asked him to scale it up for me a little bit. And so it grew eventually to about, I think 16x22. So around 350 was the footprint, and then there was a loft.

Ethan Waldman 10:58


Mike Moore 10:59

So and went ahead and had no problems with planning and zoning. And in the rural county I'm in. So that that worked out.

Ethan Waldman 11:08

And this was a stationary, a foundation built house?

Mike Moore 11:12

Yeah, I've always been more attracted to the permanent location type stuff than the on wheels.

Ethan Waldman 11:20

Yeah, yeah.

Mike Moore 11:21

And I continue I have with all the groups I'm belong to it can continue. I have to sort of fight for that position. Because most people want to go towards something that's movable.

Ethan Waldman 11:34

Yeah. Well, what was the regulatory journey like, like in setting up Elderberry,

Mike Moore 11:43

In setting up Elderberry that that was, that was interesting. This is a mostly rural county, I think the county seat has about a town of 10,000 people.

Ethan Waldman 11:55


Mike Moore 11:56

So that was in 2007, or 2008. And with the aging population of not just that county, but everywhere. They were sort of looking for some profit, not process, but some kind of accommodations for their their aging population. And we came along and said, "Well, we've got a great idea." And so we worked with them to create what's called a cluster zone. And it was a whole new concept for them and us. And it basically what they wanted to do was they don't,

Ethan Waldman 12:35


Mike Moore 12:36

they don't want a lot of that rural land disturbed. And we wanted to pull everything closer together anyway. So it, we have quite a bit of our 10 Acres is devoted to not only septic and wells, but gardens and stuff that that sort of keeps things intact, and the houses take up very little of that. So it worked out that we could just work together with the county and come up with something.

Ethan Waldman 13:01

Right so you, that's great that you it sounds like you've found kind of mutually beneficial, or just the town, the county was interested in not using the land and you were interested in building the community. And so you could you come up with kind of a special zone to make that happen.

Mike Moore 13:20

Several people here who are quite skilled at working with those kind of political entities, that helped a lot, several people, I don't know how to describe it actually got people who work in in HR type stuff, and just are very good at those interpersonal skills to get that done.

Ethan Waldman 13:39

So we're actually we've got some great questions from Tiny House Engage, which is in an online community that I run. And so the first question is, in regards to intentional communities, you think there should be an interview and voting process for prospective residents and their dogs?

Mike Moore 14:02

I don't think we ever considered the animal interviews, there is a process that we have devised to, to get to know members or prospective members. And in a lot of ways, joining an intentional community is sort of a self selecting process. The people that want to join are going to be the ones that are most appropriate. If somebody doesn't want that kind of arrangement. They're going to come out and look and say, "Oh, you do this and this, I really am not interested in that." So the way we framed it over at Potluck, we had one resident who's a single woman. And the the question we always posed in our conversations was, "Well, what about Marge's boyfriend. If Marge decides to pick up somebody from some bar in Durham, and he wants to live out here and he's you know, he's got a um..." We came up with this fictional boyfriend that was just a terrible person. He never showed up. So I guess we were okay. But, but yeah, and there's Elderberry is slightly different is probably a little bit more formal than that. But there's several, like, meetings that people come to before they are accepted as members. And, and advance, and they they come to a maybe a couple of work days or something like that. And then we, we get together and see if it if it's going to work out. But it's informal, but but there's still a selection process.

Ethan Waldman 15:39

Yeah. Of the people who, I guess apply, they're not applying, but of the people who express interest, you know, what, what percentage would you say, you know, gets gets accepted?

Mike Moore 15:56

I'd say probably 80% to 90%. It's pretty obvious early on if it's a good match or not. If somebody comes out here and finds out that after a business meeting that they just can't deal with consensus, and, and that whole process of making decisions, which is can sometimes be quite lengthy and involved and, and torturous at times. They'll say, Well, you know what, maybe this isn't for me. But I'd say most of them get through the process fairly well. And there is a number of people who once they join, and even maybe buy a house here, maybe a year down the line, they find out there's something about it that just isn't for them, and they'll move on. That's, that's just like anywhere else.

Ethan Waldman 16:51

Yeah. And so then they, if they buy a house in the community, how does it work? You know, how does that work? If they decide to move on?

Mike Moore 17:02

We sell, we don't deal with a Realtor. We do, for various reasons, we, we are they're sort of the Realtor ourselves. So they save that money on the Realtor commission. We also created something called a legacy clause. And I think this is, it may not be unique to our situation, but I don't know of many cohousing groups that do this. When somebody sells their home, they keep, of course, most of the proceeds, but of the profit that they make on the home, they keep 25% and Elderberry keeps 75%

Ethan Waldman 17:41

Oh, okay.

Mike Moore 17:42

There's a number of reasons we do that. But the one mostly is that we're trying to keep the cost of houses down for for the new buyers. And encourage, it's, I wouldn't call us affordable housing necessarily. We do sell a little bit less than the going rate. But these days, that's still unaffordable for a lot of a lot of people, especially those just starting out.

Ethan Waldman 18:09

Yeah, that's, that's really smart. And that's an interesting way to do it.

Mike Moore 18:12

Yeah, it helps the financial viability of our community that we can we have money now saved for, you know, things we need. And if, if there came a time when some people needed some money, or for whatever reason, we can we can figure out how to do that a little bit easier. So we're find very financially stable that way.

Ethan Waldman 18:35

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Do you have like fixed monthly membership dues?

Mike Moore 20:23

Yes, we do. We have monthly assessments. The Potluck assessments are quarterly, they're in fairly low, but for here at Elderberry, their monthly assessment, which right now is a little over $200. I mean, it's a big operation, we have a common house that we gotta maintain, we have all our land and, and stuff that and equipment that needs to be maintained. So and in 10, 20 years down the road, when things start to wear out, we have to have money for replacing that. So those assessments go toward toward almost all maintenance of all the land and possessions that we've got.

Ethan Waldman 21:02

Got it. And then the land itself is that owned outright by the by Elderberry, essentially?

Mike Moore 21:11

There's some of it, that is elderberry community owned. And I haven't done the math on this lately. And then the lot that your house sits on, is owned by the property owner. That's an individual or a couple or whatever. But the lots are not very big. We own the Elderberry proper site is I think 11 acres. And there's 18 homes, on that 11 acres. And so, but the lots are only 24x80. So that's fairly small. So it'd be possible to do the math, but I don't want to really do that. But there's at least six or eight acres of that that was communally owned.

Ethan Waldman 22:02

Yeah. So with the lots being smaller are many of the houses, small or tiny houses?

Mike Moore 22:11

They range. Mine's the smallest and is what some people would call the only true tiny house. We have several at around 700, 800, 900. The largest of the 18 is there are a few that are around 1200.

Ethan Waldman 22:29

Okay, so small but not tiny.

Mike Moore 22:32

Much smaller than the average American home. Right.

Ethan Waldman 22:39

So this is another question from from our community online here is how does Elderberry handle conflict between residents and or residents who don't step up and work to maintain the community?

Mike Moore 22:52

That's a rough one or a tough one for almost all cohousing communities. For conflict, we have actually a formal process. Some, some communities allow, in the consensus process, allow blocking, where if one person doesn't want to do something, or does want to do something, and the rest don't, then that sort of stops everything. We don't quite go that far. We don't allow blocking. But we do have a mediation process that we go through with people that's contained within the community. If that doesn't work, then there can be a more formal type of mediation process.

Ethan Waldman 23:37


Mike Moore 23:38

But essentially, it comes down to if the whole community decides that something after we've been through all the mediation processes, that something is still should be done to the best of the community, then we'll go ahead with it.

Ethan Waldman 23:53

That's good.

Mike Moore 23:54

But I don't think that has we've really had to do that ever. Conflicts arise. That's just life. And so you, you figure out hopefully adult ways of dealing with it.

Ethan Waldman 24:10


Mike Moore 24:11

You mentioned I want to go back to one thing, you said that about the work. That is tough, because you've got a couple of thought processes going on there. One is the whole idea of fairness and in what's equal or what's right. You got a lot of right and wrong revolving around that one. And we have, we haven't, some communities will have a an actual work log, where they'll they'll determine hours and if you don't work a certain number of hours, you do certain things. We don't have that. We're a little more laid back than that. There are so many ways that people can contribute to a community that the ones that are most visible, of course, are the ones that everybody sees every day when people are out working in the garden, or they're out constructing something or working on the land. But the ones behind the scenes that are hard to see are a little more difficult to follow. And that's things like taking care of the books or stuff, just a lot of behind the scenes stuff that that people don't see. And so when people think that somebody isn't contributing, they may be it's just it's, it might be something that you don't see. And people's level of contribution can change in an acute way, or in a long term way. For example, if they're if they're compromised by some kind of health situation or a family situation where that week they can't do something or that you're they can't do something, you have to take all those things into account.

Ethan Waldman 25:59

So I think it was in an interview, you mentioned that there, there are too many traditional Tiny House tours out there. What, what have you what have you not seen tours of yet that you would like to see?

Mike Moore 26:20

Oh, geez. Well, in the early days, I probably looked at everything that was available, because there just wasn't that much available.

Ethan Waldman 26:32

That makes sense.

Mike Moore 26:33

I'd love to see. Of course, I'm prejudiced. But I'd love to see more homes on foundations, I suppose.

Ethan Waldman 26:41


Mike Moore 26:42

I'm probably most tired of the van conversions. I think there's a lot of that stuff after a while that just sort of blends together for me, but, but I certainly would like to see more of the houses on foundation, maybe some more alternative building methods rather than stick belt. But I really can't complain too much. I only I went through so many years where there was no information out there. And now there's like almost too much. So I guess that's just the hazard of it becoming mainstream, or at least a little more mainstream than it used to be?

Ethan Waldman 27:27

Yeah, it's definitely become very much more mainstream. With, you know, with the fact that Elderberry is a community for for folks who are 50 and up, what kind of accommodations, you know, are made for ADA requirements, or just other features that make it easier for folks to age in place, they're

Mike Moore 27:51

The first thing we did was was make, with one or two exceptions, we made all the houses ground level accessible. We we did have a few requirements around eye universal design, not many, and a number of guidelines for that there. One of the requirements, besides the ground level access was wider doorways, three foot doorways, if you can't see the door behind me too well, but that's the door to my bathroom, and it's a 36 inch wide door. But there were several, though, that weren't necessarily required. But they were strongly suggested. One for example is we I don't think we have a requirement for grab bars and stuff in the bathroom. But we do have one that the blocking for to support those types of things can be in the walls. So in case somebody wouldn't need it, they wouldn't have to tear out a wall. They just put up a grab bar. It just so happened that I decided to work in quite a few universal design things in my house that some of the other houses do not. One of the things was one of the things we did require was a five foot turning circle in the bathroom.

Ethan Waldman 29:20


Mike Moore 29:20

So if there's a wheelchair in there, you could actually turn it around and get out. Besides that, I went ahead and put in I think there are about eight or nine grab bars in my bathroom because I have for a tiny house. I have a huge bathroom. And so there's a I have a separate tower and our shower and tub. They both have the bars, there's a bars by the toilet. There's access under the sink for a wheelchair. So I tried to do that throughout the house. And Universal Design is a little bit different than accessible design. But I did a lot of that in my house. Besides the bathroom, I only have one other room.

Ethan Waldman 30:03


Mike Moore 30:04

It's a sort of a multipurpose room. And there's a Murphy bed. But even with the Murphy bed down, I have, I can actually get a wheelchair in this in this part of the house, the main major room and move around okay, and have access to that bed.

Ethan Waldman 30:19

That's fantastic.

Mike Moore 30:20

So there's just something personally I want to do I don't think everybody else has gone that far. And I don't need any of it yet. But there may come a time when I do.

Ethan Waldman 30:31

And it'll be a lot lot easier if you do need it with the with the design decisions you've made.

Mike Moore 30:37


Ethan Waldman 30:39

Very cool. I'm curious. I don't want to ask you the same question two different ways or I guess two different questions. The first would be, what advice would you have to somebody who's interested in living in an intentional community or cohousing when they're evaluating a community? You know, what, what kinds of things would you tell them to kind of pay attention to?

Mike Moore 31:08

I think the first thing they need to pay attention to is is personal, like what do they want? You know, if we're mostly a rural community, and if something you like is a grocery store that's two minutes away, then this community isn't for you. But there's all kinds of different communities. In fact, this area of North Carolina is sort of a hotbed for cohousing. We've got at least six or eight or ten cohousing units in the Durham Raleigh area. I think we may be one of the few that's this rural. But if you want the the benefits of being close to and part of a city that you can attend lots of concerts and walk around and downtown and get all the restaurants and not have to drive a half an hour to get there, then you would be looking for something in of that kind.

Ethan Waldman 32:06


Mike Moore 32:07

Other things might be you want a community with kids, you want an intergenerational community. So you have to sort of take stock of what you want and see, see what matches up.

Ethan Waldman 32:17

Okay. And then the other side of my question is for somebody who's maybe interested in starting an intentional community or cohousing community, what advice do you have for them?

Mike Moore 32:31

Ooh. Well, I'm torn. I think if people knew all the work that would go into making a cohousing community, most of them would probably not get started. You have to be clear about how you're going to finance itt, of course.

Ethan Waldman 32:49


Mike Moore 32:51

The joy of working in a group is that are a lot more things are possible than working on your own. If, if, for example, if you wanted to buy a lot somewhere and put up a tiny house, that might, you might have trouble doing that financially. But if you've got a group of people, some of whom have more money than others, which is going to be inevitable, then there might be ways that you can work out arrangements where those who have more resources can help those who don't. But it's extremely hard work. And the work doesn't stop just because you you build a community and are living in a community. The building goes on emotionally and physically forever.

Ethan Waldman 33:44


Mike Moore 33:45

It's just, that's the part of working with people. And it's not for everybody, you know, some people don't want that. And that's fine. You know, if they, I don't know, I tend to lean away from that whole concept of pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps and do it on your own. And that's fine if somebody doesn't want to live 10 feet away from somebody.

Ethan Waldman 34:12


Mike Moore 34:13

But we all need help occasionally. And you got to have your support systems somehow. So whether it's family or church or or nature or whatever, you got to have that support system. I've held many jobs over the years and I've never been in any job that was a big moneymaker. So I I could not have normally have joined just joined a group like this because I couldn't afford it. But and and banks aren't necessarily going to just give you the money you need.

Ethan Waldman 34:48


Mike Moore 34:48

So there you have to work around those issues. And so I found people that were - believed in me and were willing to loan me money.

Ethan Waldman 34:57

Nice. Nice. That's That's wonderful. And that's something that you can't necessarily get from a bank.

Mike Moore 35:05


Ethan Waldman 35:06

You need. You need a community. You need the people.

Mike Moore 35:09

No. Yeah, not usually.

Ethan Waldman 35:12

Yeah, well, one thing that I like to ask, you know, all of my guests is, are there any resources that have inspired you or helped you in learning about cohousing or intentional communities that that you can share with our listeners?

Mike Moore 35:28

There's probably all kinds of books out there of which I know very few of the people that started cohousing in this country, have Durant and McCormick have a few books out.

Ethan Waldman 35:43


Mike Moore 35:44

That are helpful. But mostly, I would say, since it's sort of a people based type philosophy that I mean, it's just finding your tribe.

Ethan Waldman 35:57


Mike Moore 35:58

So, you know, I see a lot of people who want to start Tiny House communities. But I think it's fairly difficult or even more difficult to start one, or that's the only your only focus. It's, it's not just a house that you're dealing with, you're dealing with people.

Ethan Waldman 36:25


Mike Moore 36:26

And that takes a lot of hard work. As far as tiny houses themselves, you know, there are plenty of resources out there. Some ones for me, or certainly, Lloyd Kahn of Shelter Publications. Lester Walker's book of tiny houses, and then of course in the modern movement Jay and, and some of the early folks in that Dee Williams, Jays first customer and and then it a few years later after that, there were people that that picked it up as far as the social media and start doing blogs like Kent Griswold and Michael Janzen and Ryan Mitchell. Macy Miller is another one that I liked a lot. Her stuff.

Ethan Waldman 37:22

Well, Mike Moore, thank you so much for being a guest on the show today. I really enjoyed this.

Mike Moore 37:26

Well, thank you.

Ethan Waldman 37:28

Thank you so much to my guest Mike Moore for being a guest on the show today. You can find the show notes, including a complete transcript and more over at thetinyhouse.net/214. Again, that's thetinyhouse.net/214. That is all for this week. I'm your host, Ethan Waldman, and I'll be back next week with another episode of the Tiny House Lifestyle Podcast.

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