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Someone sent me this on facebook and it took a while to find a better link. This place was recently on the cover of home power and covered in the magazine. They are about a mile from my house and is one of several on the island. When we first moved here we actually helped some build their homes under the sweat-equity portion as some couldn't come up with the 20 per week needed to get them in. BTW the original homes were straw bale on the north side. It is an interesting viewing. Also Rhea and Sandy are partners and the Blossom Grocery mentioned has now grown to become a much better place [tripadvisor.com]
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JackPedigo 9 Aug 4
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great concept, which a group is trying to materialize where i live as well, with the usual & at least partially justified objections of (longstanding) landowners in regards to increasing demands on infrastructure etc.

The infrastructure demands of the land trust program are minimal. Mostly solar (which includes solar hot water heaters for the bath), rain harvesting (for all outside watering), a community well/septic, lots of gardens and on. The issue on this island is affordable housing. 45+% of the homes are 2nd and 3rd homes usually owned by wealth people.

@JackPedigo, the housing situation here in the northern rivers region of nsw/australia is quite similar. increasingly more people homeless, living in their cars or moving out of the area. infrastructure challenges here are predominantly about roads & sewage/stormwater systems. the state government sets a mere 3% of its entire budget aside for local councils to spend on all infrastructure. very corrupt.

@walklightly On this site some time ago another Australian and I got into a discussion about the effects of excessive immigration. More people, from any source demands more infrastructure. Often more non-natives require even more infrastructure. This came to light a number of years ago when visiting northern Italy. We stayed in a town known as Bolzano/Bolzen. [en.wikipedia.org] This area was once a part of Austria but was taken over by Il Duche and remains in Italy. They are dual culture and a local professor gave us a speech and told us about their 2 heritages. He also said to maintain such a system costs lots of money. Everything, even the police cars were in 2 languages. Imagine the money needed to maintain many languages. Growth costs and population growth costs.

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Pretty innovative ideas, sounds like a great place to live.

It can be for the right person. Not everyone likes nature and a strong community.