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The community identifies abandoned buildings and streets using their mobile phones by checking in at those places. The local government selects a number of them quarterly and demolishes them. The community helps separate the leftover rubble into recy

The community identifies abandoned buildings and streets using their mobile phones by checking in at those places. The local government selects a number of them quarterly and demolishes them. The community helps separate the leftover rubble into recy

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Szilvia commented on Work From Distance Instead of Moving to The City

Thanks for your comment and raising the question, Johan.

My initial idea was that let's take a city that people are fleeing from because they can't find jobs and then let's make it possible for as many of these people as we can to stay and live in the city and work from distance assuming they got a job in some other city. This way we could increase vibrancy in the otherwise deserted city and while not increasing the commuters between these cities.
This could work for a large amount of people - all of those who work in an office on their computer and have no customer meetings, only meetings with their fellow colleagues. These people could work from any city as long as they have Internet connection, a webcam and mic on their computers.
Then there is another subset of these people who have customer meetings too. They could also work from home using their computers as long as they could have their customer meetings using a webcam and a mic.

And then you are right with raising the question of people who offer services to other people - like dentists, hairdressers, repair shops, etc. Of course they can't work from distance as office workers do. But let's see why do they have to go work in another city - well because there are not enough people interested in their services in their home town. But I'm thinking if office workers stay in the otherwise deserted city and work from a distance then they will need dentists and hairdressers and garages. So perhaps some of these people could actually stay in their home towns and run their businesses there. I'm not saying it would be a 100% of course.

Then I was also thinking along the line of reducing car traffic in a city. I spent some time coming up with why people go anywhere in a city and what those places are (the list I'm sure is incomplete :)):
1. Go to work and go home from work
2. Meet friends and family
3. Go buy food and other goods
4. Go see the doctor, hairdresser, etc
5. Take their car to the garage and take it home
6. Go do sports
7. Take their children to school and pick them up
And then I try to think of ways we could eliminate some of these trips or shorten their distance hoping that they would hop on their bikes or walk to these places instead of using their cars:

1. Office workers could be encouraged to work from home. Full time or 75% of the time, etc.
2. Everyone could be encouraged to find jobs close to where they live in the city or vica versa, find an apartment or a house close to where they live. This could be done with websites advertising jobs and houses per small locations.
3. We could encourage people who own businesses to open them up close to where they live. Perhaps we could do it using incentives. I believe this is happening to some extent already even without the incentive - my hairdresser lives close to where she opened up her salon and her kids go to school nearby too. I believe we could encourage people to do this even more, just need to think more how :)
4. And we could also give an incentive to people to go to hairdressers, etc, that are nearby where they live.
5. Of course everyone will go by car to the garage unless they are going there to pick their car up but why not give them a discount if they go to one close to where they live and work and not one on the other side of the city.
6. If someone needs to drive somewhere then we could encourage them to do ride-sharing.

I think there are a bunch of apps already that help you find the nearest businesses but we could probably build more intelligence into them.

What do you think? (Long comment, I know =))

That is a great idea to add the local touch!! Thanks :) That way it would also build local identity. I love it! Instructions are also a super idea... will incorporate both in the concept.

Thanks, Meena :)