If you are serious about the future, stop building transport-based developments
The market town is a thousand-year old pattern that worked until the Industrial Revolution needed to house millions of workers in gritty cities as fodder for massive factories. With the invention of cars, we started building transport-based suburbs not because people loved them, but to provide markets for steel, oil and chemicals. Now fibre-optic is replacing transport as the backbone of the economy.
In looking for a development pattern that fits, it is the fibre-optic based, 21st century MarketTown. It is a local economy designed to enable people to enjoy a good life: the social pursuits of conviviality, citizenship and artistic, intellectual & spiritual growth.
MarketTown by Numbers
- 200 hectare, greenfield site beyond suburban-sprawl ring
- 85 hectare, car-free urban core. Walk, cycle, microcar delivery
- Zero outbound commuters, all jobs, school, shops and activities in urban core
- 8,000 cars off the road, replaces 200 courier vans with 3 delivery trucks
- One cosmopolitan town centre surrounded by 20 side-by-side villages (clusters)
- 115 ha greenbelt to prevent cross-boundary conflicts surrounds the Urban Core
- 10,000 population, about 200 families in each village, each with its own character
- $2 billion, self-contained, self-managing, self-supporting local economy
- $500,000 median home price. Lowest-priced flat $200,000, 20% parallel market
- Does not use developer/builder model that increases housing costs
- Uses a UDA-chartered organising company that cuts housing costs
- Manufactures 4,000 multi-floor homes in an on-site, pop-up factory
- Parallel market ensures no gentrification, fixed income workers protected
- 3-year timeline start to finish using German technology
- Zero council funding for access roads, zero council funding for three-waters
- Zero council funding for parks, libraries, meeting halls, sports, programs, etc
- Zero Ministry of Education funding to build new school classrooms
- Zero-waste target, manages its waste by avoidance, repair, repurpose, recycle
is a community built upon a self-supporting local economy where all activity is local. No cars within, no outbound commuters. It is a complete (not elite) community for all ages, stage and walks of life. It is an answer to housing affordability for all, to climate change, traffic congestion, but more importantly than avoiding these negatives, it’s about a much higher quality of life for all.