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The Future of Work is Remote So What Then is the Future of Housing and Community Development?

Reality check on the rush to develop large-scale workforce housing on the Boothbay Peninsula and Beyond!   Hongkong version of the coveted large-scale workforce housing for the coveted large-scale employers. Skull Kat / Unsplash There is a rather strange write-up by Joseph Carpentier in the local Maine paper, the Boothbay Register, Local utilities say large-scale housing development a non-issue . Strange because the story does not identify half the parties involved. It seems uncharacteristic of Joseph Carpentier, a factual and informative reporter, to arbitrarily take up the cause of large scale workforce housing and put together a story identifying players in the Region Water District and t he Boothbay Region Refuse Disposal District and announcing that there is no overload threat to the sewage systems from “large scale workforce housing developments” without so much as identifying what “large scale” entails, where it is intended to be located, or the identity of housing groups that

No Plan? Or Just Not Saying? Boothbay's Unfunded Fifty-Million-Dollar School. Time to Visualize An Alternative Way.

Comparing Centralized and Decentralized Development Strategies for Future Culture and Economies. Hannah Joshua Unsplash In the recent Boothbay Register write-up about Boothbay's fifty-million-dollar school project, school board member Bruce MacDonald commented on the missing discussion pertaining to education. In  a Nov 2020 article in the Boothbay Register , a discussion about education was initiated by Lance Whitehead, of Lavallee Brensinger Architects, the same architects who were recently selected to design the master plan. Quoting – Lance Whitehead, of Lavallee Brensinger Architects from that article: “We wanted to create some sort of biophilic design as part of any solution ... Future driven school with guiding principles that are community based education, economically viable, social-emotional learning environments for multi-age groups, future-proofing as much as possible ... and really making it unique for your local resources” So let's talk about the future and let'

Is Newsbreak Just Mainstream Central or is my local community too small for them?

  Funny, I thought Newsbreak and Substack Local would be the voices of the people! photo-1610527976250-b55b10541342 by Jorge Maya Unsplash I started blogging around 2007 because I was tired of the one-dimensional mainstream news in my state and local community and of not having a voice anywhere in anything. My local newspaper,  The Boothbay Register  features blog columns but I do not approach them, knowing that I am too off-the-grid for publication in any local mainstream media, and I like my freedom to tell it as I see it. To begin with, I read the bills and the statutes. There seems to be an unwritten law that mandates that one is only permitted to read bills and statutes if one is certified by the authorities to do so. That is an effect of living in a centrally managed state. We all have our assigned spots on the grid, whether the cell fits us or not, we are assigned to it and  are expected to stay with its boundaries , but I do not do that, in part because I was born and raised of

The LifeStyle Approach To Economic Development Makes An Environmentally Sustainable Paradigm

 I find support for home businesses in unexpected places The Happy Face, a one of a kind painting by Brenda Andersen in the 1950s on mug by WestonAndersen produced in a categorically new type of production- the production as an art form located on Southport Island Maine, the home of original Andersen Design , Image by Mackenzie Andersen I have been trying to read the Camoin Report - a development plan for the Boothbay Peninsula in Maine. A local public-private group calling itself the Joint Economic Community Development council for Boothbay and Boothbay Harbor (JECD) spent 79000.00 of taxpayers’ money to hire New York consultants to prepare a plan for our community. My initial reaction was that a remote consultant firm cannot create as relevant a development plan as someone who knows the community well, but in all fairness, the report does a decent job of representing all views in the community, more so than we usually get from our community leaders. That scores a point for using