For those readers who didn’t also spend part of their lives in PHV, the following is a general description to give you the lay of the land. More colorful stories will appear in the various posts.
PHV, at a base level, is essentially an apartment complex for soldiers stationed overseas and their families. It also offers single-family homes, but I believe those are reserved for the highest-ranking officers. The apartment buildings typically consisted of three floors of apartments, 18 apartments per building, as well as a basement with laundry facilities and storage rooms. There was also a 4th floor, sort of an attic, the purpose of which was always confusing to me as a kid…adventures on this 4th floor will be covered in various posts. Due to the high concentration of young families with young children, there are many playgrounds scattered all over the place…so many that you could stand in one place and see 3 or 4 of them at a time.
But really, PHV is a community more than a housing complex. The term “village” in the name was very appropriate. Within its gates, at least at the time I lived here, were schools covering kindergarten through at least middle school. There is also a small shopping area which, in my time, included a food mart, bowling alley, movie theater, book store, hot dog stand, and I’m sure some others I’m forgetting. PHV also included a daycare center, a fancy restaurant, and other facilities which I’ll cover as they come up.
Beyond the physical structures of PHV, there are the more abstract areas and concepts which wouldn’t seem like much to adults but which were full of wonder for us kids…things like the bush tunnels, the marble courts, and Behind The Fence. These are the things I most look forward to capturing through these blog posts.