Blog 1: Community (PDP) – Introduction

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The proposed community concept for the pilot demonstration project should be built now so it can be used as an example of what this type of community would look like in the future. The purpose of the project is to offer innovative ideas that will demonstrate solutions that could...

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Blog 2: Prototype – Self-Sufficient Community Plan

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This is an example of the Pilot Demonstration Plan (PDP) discussed in the book Toward Self-Sufficiency, A Community for a Transition Period. It comprises about 1/3 of the book. The balance of the book discusses the factors that make this type (or a variation) of this type of community a necessity for the future...

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Blog 3: Master Planned Communities – A New Approach

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Most master planned communities are missing several important components that would make them applicable for conditions that are needed today and in the future. Most of them are located on the fringes of existing urban areas and are marketed to include middle and higher income groups...

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Blog 4: The Pilot Development Project It’s Purpose

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In order to understand the structure of the project its purpose must be defined so the book “Toward Self Sufficiency” and further blogs have more meaning to the reader. The main purpose was to provide a way that a community can be used to make the world a better place now and in the future...

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Blog 5: Housing Solutions

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One of the most important aspects of design is to create something that is able to make a contribution to humanity. In the book “Toward Self Sufficiency” I tried to do this in the section about the housing design within the Pilot Demonstration Project (PDP). Housing design relates to designing housing...

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Blog 6: Blogs a’ Coming

In reviewing what is happening in this world today I thought I would list some of the future bogs that will appear on this website. This list is not written in stone, but it has to be more relative to world or U.S. affairs than what is done by the Texas legislature...

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Blog 7: Communities of the Future Option 1 – Fixing our Agricultural Problems

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At this time we are unable to determine what communities will look like in the future because there are so many variables that would determine its outcome. Some of them can be simplified from what is available now and many could lead to the demise of communities as we know them at this time...

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Blog 8: Trump Administration for the Common Man Don’t Believe It

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President Trump has made 10,796 false or misleading claims as of June10, 2019. (Washington Post Fact Checker). It would be interesting if there was a list of how many times he has told the truth. Since climate change is an important topic for discussion (you wouldn’t know it listening to some...

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Blog 9: Environmental Series, Using Systems Thinking – Going to 2050

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“Systems thinking is a holistic approach to analysis that focuses on the way that a system’s constituent parts interrelate and how systems work over time and within the context of larger systems. The systems thinking approach contrasts with traditional analysis, which studies systems by breaking them...

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Blog 10: Environmental/Social Series – Knowledge + History + Movements

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Following will be a short discussion on topics that could take up several books. They are noted this way because it is difficult for a person to be involved in any type of movement without knowing the background and history of what is being promoted...

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Blog 11: Environmental Series – The Balance of Nature

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If everyone would look behind the beauty of nature they would also begin to understand the balance of nature and how it is striving to maintain this balance. This can be done beneficially or destructively. This can be seen with our increasingly stronger hurricanes...

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Blog 12: The Transition Period – Where Are We Going?

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From an environmental standpoint we are presently in a transition period which ends when de-growth, post-capitalism or chaos is reached. There is a contest between Mother Nature and man’s over-use of natural resources and fireguard of the environment...

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PDP Community Series – Blog 13: Jamaican Society – 1

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This blog is a story that happened long ago, about 1965 – 1970. At this time I was working with Arlene Dixon as a principal planner preparing a master plan for Montego Bay, Jamaica...

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PDP Community Series – Blog 14: Funding Options

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One of the main options available for funding of the Pilot Demonstration Project is to show sites that could be used for Opportunity Zone investments (see Opportunity Zones map above). The objective in doing this is to show how sites could be used using Pilot Development Projects (PDP) as the development project.

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PDP Community Series – Blog 15: Site Location

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INTRODUCTION
Since there are hundreds of Opportunity Zone locations locations to choose from in the United States, it is important to establish criteria that would make the first project(s) the most visible throughout the entire year. For now, the three optional sites selected are shown on the map above (Bayview, Brownsville, San Benito). Some of the reasons to place the first project in the Rio Grande Valley are as follows.

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PDP Community Series – Blog 16: Site Analysis

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INTRODUCTION
In order to determine if a prospective site or sites are suitable for a designated need a site analysis study should be made to establish what assets and liabilities an individual site may have that would affect the proposed development. The first study that should be evaluated is an environmental impact statement for the property. This will normally disclose any problems that the proposed site may have.

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PDP Community Series – Blog 17: Model Homes

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Model Home Concept
There are six groups of buildings or building areas of buildings and each will serve a different function and showpiece. The overriding concept for the project is sustainability/self-sufficiency and showing what our options are until 2050. Building 4 will show what living options are for us in 2030 and 2050.

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PDP Development Series – Blog 18: Housing Designs

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Introduction
The following plans and the general concepts are the property of George R. Hunt and John Gregory Hunt, Garland, Texas. The plans and concepts are for common and open use. The only requirement is that George and John be involved in the planning and development in a project if it gets funded for construction on a site.

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PDP Development Series – Blog 19: Market Analysis

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Introduction
The main reason for choosing the Lower Rio Grande area of Texas for the first project location is the need for a PDP development there and that there are many different markets available in which this type of development would be beneficial, The studies that would be completed there could be replicated throughout the United States.

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PDP Development Series – Blog 20: Model Home Costs

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Introduction
In order to determine the amount of funding required to construct the model homes a preliminary estimate has been prepared to provide an initial analysis. This is just a beginning approach and an actual site will have to be located before any further cost studies are prepared.

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