The Big Picture
A VillageTown is a plan for a different form of urban living that will seem very familiar and attractive.
But it can't be found anymore. The current urban development models are not working. We are building communities for the wrong reasons. In response, we, the VillageTown Stewards, say if you can't find it, build it. The VillageTown offers an alternative to give people more choice & control over their lives, their community, their economy and their future.
Economic and social critical-mass determines the size: about 10,000 population on 500 acres, 65% of which is surrounding greenspace. The urban core is car free; there are no outbound commuters; in its socially & culturally enriched environment, all day-to-day destinations are within walking distance.
It's a town made of 20 side-by-side villages, where each village is defined by the people who will live there. This turns real estate development upside down as it eliminates the need for a developer (the buyers pre-identify), thus several hundred million in profits remain in the community, in a civitas corporation owned by the citizens to invest in local private enterprises and to provide for their wellbeing.
Based on proven principles that work, it weaves timeless patterns of design with modern technology to build a place to live that is beautiful, stimulating and supportive. Each village is different, because the values shared by each village's founding citizens will be different. It's intended as a complete community.
Economically sustainable, it focuses on long-term wealth creation for all its citizens. It seeks out small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SME) to bring businesses to the home offices, office buildings and industrial park. Starting a community with $200± million levels the playing field, enabling SMEs to access capital and expertise to become successful and profitable. The fund guarantee zero unemployment and zero poverty through standby-jobs. And it does all of this without reliance on government funding. It pays its own way.
Socially sustainable, it provides a safe place to raise children, educating them in villages where working adults are present as role models. It provides support for elders through all stages of life. It offers affordable housing using parallel markets. It invests in the arts. It's designed to be a vibrant, thriving, great place to live.
Environmentally sustainable, it takes a different approach that increases quality of life while treading lighter on the planet. For example it does not demonize cars, it eliminates the need for daily driving, taking 6,000 cars off the road with no pain, saving over a quarter million miles of driving a day. It sets aside development funds to implement the most advanced proven sysems available for energy, telecommunications, water, waste, and other environmental issues.