I’ve been searching the web for information on very small town urban planning, in order to see if one can gleam the minimal infrastructure that would support a small community as a core for growth. It’s either that, or a combination of “every 'steader for themselves” with this common infrastructure. I’ve started a few lists:
-Power (solar/wind electric wave mechanical and maybe electric, maybe current or tidal)
-Water catchment, desalinization, storage and distribution
-Waste disposal and recycling
-Fuel? (Does anyone know what happens to oil rigs when they no longer are economic to pump from and is there a seepage after that?)
-General/convenience store (like south VA beach)
-Harbor or docking space for larger, not resident’s boats, perhaps drydock
-Hardware store, workshop (with common (hourly rent based?) tooling)
-Transportation (goods and people, post office(?))
-Common meeting space?
-Movie or performance center
My problem is that the urban planning community is largely focused at environmental and aesthetic issues rather than practical matters. See a list of tools here:
Almost none of these have any applicability to seasteading communities. Anyway, I hope some thought will be put into the way to organize and pay the least/optimal amount of common infrastructure (initial and operating) when thinking about the $/ft2 of individual seasteads.
Can’t we get one of the universities with urban planning departments to adopt seasteading?
Planning may fail compared to the initiative of individuals, but I suspect that the outcome will be more like this:
without the stilts.
than the pretty images on the home page here and the other artist’s visions here.