What’s the ideal town look like?
There was a great article in Monocle this month about what an ideal town would look like. The importance of community, housing, outdoor space, social services and education would be the ultimate achievement for an idyllic town.
Here is the highlights.
1 – Village Square would anchor the city with grass, flowers, moveable chairs, cafes and a 24-hour kiosk.
2 – Main Street where there would be awnings to keep us from rain or too much sun. Retail on the bottom and residential homes downstairs creating constant community.
3 – Housing that was small and large from single homes to large family homes with balconies and front lawns for a little outdoor space. Everyone pays for the upkeep of the public spaces. The buildings would all be environmentally conscious made with smart materials.
4 – Services that include a hospital for serious situations and a small medical center for smaller injuries. Certainly a fire department and a police department who would even rescue the local cat.
5 – All shops would be open from 8 – 8 catering to all from a haircut to getting your groceries on the way home.
6 – Local newspaper that reports on everything happening in the town and some national info thrown in too.
7 – Good signs that help brand the village. Has to be good looking signs from the book shop the barber shop and the cafe.
8 – Weekend farmers markets to buy the farmers vegetables and chickens including home brews and wine.
9 – Local farm where people can always go to purchase from the farm shop on a daily basis. Keeping the community sustainable.
10 – A beautiful flowing river that moves through the town. People can fish, canoe and enjoy the river side as well.
11 – Founding myths and folklore about the town to be passed down generation to generation.
12 – A local tennis and bathing club open all year round to the entire town. More community there.
13 – An artists studio for the young to the old.
14 – A library piled high with books, magazines and easy to download materials.
15 – An artisan quarter for people making furniture or even getting a kitchen chair repaired.
16 – Serious wifi for all
17 – A grand hotel with amazing food on a leafy terrace overlooking the river.
18 – A primary school that everyone has attended at one point of their life.
19 – Public transportation for everyone.
20 – Festivals held during the year from music to arts.
It kind of feels like some European towns. Might have to move there.