Would you ever live in a planned community or in a company town?


Silver Belt
Oct 23, 2007
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Recently there have been two major proposals for planned communities based around libertarian and/or militia ideologies.

The first is The Citadel:

DESCRIPTION: The Citadel Community will house between 3,500 and 7,000 patriotic American families who agree that being prepared for the emergencies of life and being proficient with the American icon of Liberty — the Rifle — are prudent measures. There will be no HOA. There will be no recycling police and no local ordinance enforcers from City Hall.

The second is Glenn Beck's Independence, USA:

What are the American Dream Labs building towards? Glenn gave a look at the big picture that everything is building towards: Independence, USA!

While Independence is very much a dream at this point, the proposed city-theme park hybrid would bring several of Glenn’s seemingly disconnected projects into one place. Media, live events, small business stores, educational projects, charity, entertainment, news, information, and technology R&D – all of these things would have a home in Independence. With the rest of the country and the world going away from the values of freedom, responsibility and truth, Independence would be a place built on the very foundation of those principles. A retreat from the world where entrepreneurs, artists, and creators could come to put their ideas to work. A place for families to bring their children to be inspired.

The ambitious project, projected to cost over two billion dollars, has been heavily influenced by Walt Disney. As Glenn has been explaining throughout the week, Disneyland was originally intended to be a place where people would find happiness, inspiration, courage and hope. Over time, Walt Disney’s original vision has been lost. While hundreds of thousands still flock to the town, it’s become commercialized and the big dreams and the heart have been compromised.

Definition of a Company Town:

A company town is a town or city in which much or all real estate, buildings (both residential and commercial), utilities, hospitals, small businesses such as grocery stores and gas stations, and other necessities or luxuries of life within its borders are owned by a single company. The term is used in the US and UK to refer to a town or city where loyalty to the company that is perceived to be responsible for its success is expected and that company is, or was, a major employer in the area.

If so, what type of town would you want to move to?
For places that both espouse freedom, they sure seem to have a lot of rules.
not a fucking chance. People that seek to isolate aren't worth my time.
It seemed pretty sweet when Homer did it when he worked for Scorpio Enterprizes
Had a friend that's father worked for Chicago Bridge and Iron who moved to The Woodlands Texas. This is considered a Master Planned Community. I visited one time the set up of everything was so convenient it was a really nice town.

Problem was my buddy changed upon moving to where no one knew him. He emulated a popular group of kids that ran around getting weird piercings and playing fuck awful music. With singers that scream things you can understand. I couldn't believe there were so many people running around thinking that was the way to be.
over being homeless, yes.

The Citadel's the place for you then!!

No credit check. No background check. Zero down payment. Zero interest. Zero property taxes.

You don't even have to finish the inside of your house!

You are responsible for completing the interior of your home as you wish. You may choose to do the work yourself, or hire contractors. But every single detail, from paint to tiles to counters, is your choice.

The Citadel is going to be 100% bums.
Feels like that community at the end of I Am Legend. Would not willingly isolate myself like that. Also reminds me of those religious cults that exclude themselves from society.

Maybe I'm overdramatic. Hahhaa
Hell no, that sounds boring as hell.

I would to hate to live in a town where everyone knows each other.
Hell no, that sounds boring as hell.

I would to hate to live in a town where everyone knows each other.

If you had 3,000+ families I think it would be hard to know everyone. I certainly can't remember roughly 12,000 people.
I'm currently working in the oil & gas sector. The town I'm in certainly isn't a company town, but I'm living the life anyways. The company I work for owns a few houses here, and has a bunch of rooms booked in perpetuity in a few of the hotels. They fly me in to town, give me a truck, shuffle me around between house and hotel, pay for all of my food, and send me off to work. It's not bad. I do three weeks in and 10 days out.

There's also a town close to here that was built entirely in one year to service the local mining industry. I think the houses and businesses are all private title, but it still has that company town feel to it.