PDP Development Series – Blog 24 – Read Blogs in Specific Order (Optional)

Introduction

In order to fully understand the various components that are required to fully establish a working community such as the PDP (Pilot Demonstration Project), I have listed the blogs 1, 2, 3, 5,14, 15,16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, and 23 in the order to best understand how to develop the project to make it successful.  The book (as shown above) should be read to provide added information for details and the structure of the PDP.  The website was added in order to keep the PDP abreast with new ideas and happenings in the world.  I am writing this while we are trying to evaluate what to do while in the midst of COVID 19.  Our future can go in many different unknown directions and hopefully some of the ideas suggested in the book and website can make a difference in our lives.  It not only provides a suggestion for community living, but a way to live in a simplified future environment.  To do this we have to understand the effects of capitalism and how it continually expands opportunities for the rich at the expense of the poor.  The plight of the homeless is one example when housing and rental costs are too high for many people who are working and still can’t afford adequate food and housing.  Many people have been looking for “Happiness” in the wrong way, so this process could be an answer.  Some of my present and future blogs will discuss many of the social conditions that will be prevalent now and in the future after COVID19.

The social framework for the PDP is sharing and cooperation where people depend and help each other.  An example of this is the type of governance called PROUT.  This is discussed in Blog 21.  Other blogs not shown on the list discuss social opinions and ways to change ways of thinking so we can adapt to what will confront us.

The main thing that is noted in Blog 14 is that there is a way available to fund the project now.  This is why the designated project in Blog 19 is in an Opportunity Zone.  Funding for projects in Opportunity Zones are available as noted in the 2017 Tax legislation.  This type of project normally leads to gentrification where the rich make money and drive out people that are living in affordable housing or have their own businesses.  However, the way to prevent this from occurring is to make the community a non profit and form a Community Land Trust.  Several exist in the U.S. with one of the main ones in Burlington, Vermont.  The CLT limits the rapid increase of prices of homes and rentals. (Usually rate of inflation)  They have many other rules and these (and Opportunity Zone rules) are mentioned in Blog 14.  The most important rule for Opportunity Zone funding is that it allows for reduction of capital gains funding for the funder. 

The model home concept allows for all sales to generate from review of the model homes.  The homes themselves show all the self-sufficient options that are available.  In some cases the homes will emphasize the styles prevalent in the area.  Local people will be contacted for review of the homes (plans) prior to the final plans being made.  The book will show many other options that are available.  Send an email to landscape185@gmail.com if there are questions.

Some of the chapter headings in the book that refer to the Pilot Demonstration Project are:

Preface
Pilot Demonstration Project
Introduction: Designing a Community and Provide Opportunities for the Future
Toward Self-Sufficiency: The Pilot Demonstration Project
Demonstration Pilot Community Development Description
Housing and Land Use – Option 1
Housing and Land Use – Option 2
Project Information and Direction
Education Potential, Procedures and Methods
Community and Personal Purposes – Why it is Important
Reducing Consumerism, Collaboration, Using Local Currencies and Specific Technologies
Economic Development Options
Governance-Cooperatives, Creative Commons and the Solidarity Economy (to page 92)
The Pilot Demonstration Project Self-Sufficiency – Away into the Future (new – 40 pages)
Total pages in book – 297. (Includes Kirkus Review, Pacific Review of Books,
Marquis Who’s Who- 2020)

-George Hunt

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