Thia's "Grandeur City"


        
Grandeur City is a sight to behold...  I can see it very clearly in my mind.  It's a gated community of a sort, with 70 homes to house up to 350 people (estimating a couple with three children in each family).  It is a city with a focus on education and community.  Regardless of it's size, even should it be evolved into something smaller or larger in real life, when built, it will stand as a monument to the restoration of a way of life we've lost.

        The city is designed so that cars are unnecessary, though it leaves ample room in the design should every resident have one. There is a need for transportation if you want to go out into the world and see what is out there beyond the walls of the city.  Residents will most likely work in the city, although it is not a mandatory requirement.  However, the plan is to have no one from the outside working within it.  The intention is that the community be self-contained and sustaining.  That residents will have no need of traveling outside if they choose not to.

       We stress education, so many residents would be educators, or so we would hope.  (Should a waiting list be necessary before the structure is built, then, priority would be given to those who could fill the roles we would desperately require.)  Shopkeepers and specialists in specific fields would be urged to join the city upon it's completed construction.  And, we would hope to instill the necessity of community involvement.  It would, after all, be built around the families' needs and wishes.

       The school is the heart of the community, a place of enrichment for the young, and interaction for the families within the cities.  Residents would be urged to pass on their knowledge to the young through mentoring, and student apprenticeships.  The Big Brother/Big Sister Program would be encouraged, though on a larger scale.

       As a side note, a program I would very much incorporate into this is a rescue for orphans and fostering of children who've been allowed to fall through the cracks outside the city, in the "real world".  To let these children live at the school, be taught to see the world as place that they belong and can truly contribute themselves to.  The children must be encouraged, but they must be given a foundation that can withstand the assaults from the outside world.

       Because I see the scope of this city in a specific way, I would love to see it have a waterfront, a port of industry and income, that we can export and import by land and water.  It is a closed city to a point; the revenue that would be necessary to sustain it would be somewhat less than the average city, but it would still be significant.

      By closed city I mean a secure city; weapons, illegal narcotics, and those such things will not be tolerated within the city.  Residents must be willing to participate in patrols that would protect the community as a whole.  The outer perimeter of the city is guarded by the structures of the city themselves.  Few places to enter means better protection for those within it's walls. 

      A condition of interest to me particularly, is the idea of bringing back a system of bartering and a money-less system.  I could see that some of those ideas could be implemented here.  Those who work for the community, the city, would be considered city workers, and could have arrangements with the city government that they work for credits, not wages.  So many hours of work equals so many credits.  Some of these credits would go towards their housing, which would then mean they do not pay rent for the homes, some would go towards food and clothing, which would mean they didn't have to pay for such things, and the rest would go towards their retirement, being able to continue to live in the community even when they could no longer work the same hours due to their age and physical condition.

      The basic human needs would be looked after as a priority of the city.  That all residents have proper living conditions, as well as be productive to the entire system as a whole.  Retirees who could no longer sustain a work level they had been maintaining, would not be stopped in their tracks. They would continue to work in other fields, training young people to take their places, taking on smaller, easier tasks that are still necessary to the community.  This would avoid a population of the city being considered of lesser value, or laying dormant until they die.  As long as they are breathing, even the elderly have a place in the community.

      The structure of the city is outlined below.  The text describes what you are seeing in the design sketch that follows.

      The measurements of the city.  The outer perimeter of the city from harbor to entry (the length) is 1500 feet, the front and rear (the entry and the harbor are equal -- the width) is 1500 feet, and the buildings that surround and are within it stand between 30 and 50 feet high.

 





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