Joe City

Phoenix - Submitted by jackamofinane on Jan 24 2014

Nobody knows how it happed but after year and years of questionable activities, Sheriff Joe finally did something that everyone is happy about. One day in 2014 old Joe just snapped and the next thing you know he had declared some sort of Marshal Law. The man must have called in every favor in his book because all of the tent cities with dead beat dads in them started bustling. We had some of the most brilliant sustainable architects and engineers here for months on end along with this whole army of the "Maker" people that were all busily training the trainers and spreading the knowledge... I don't know how they did it but it almost seemed like money did not matter anymore.. food and resources were just pouring in as if everyone knew they would get it back 100 fold... well each one of those abandoned blocks turned into a living laboratory where they worked out all the details of how to build a community from scratch and how to retrofit existing communities... turns out the block where those Earth Ship people had been working ended up winning all sorts of awards... those houses were practically off grid and feeding their inhabitants. Next thing you know every house in phoenix was being retrofitted with Earth Ship concepts and now we have a City that lives in harmony WITH the natural phenomena that surrounds it instead of AGAINST it. Every house and parking space is covered in solar panels and Phoenix is actually exporting electricity... The average house uses 1/4 the power it used to need and we are selling bananas to Mexico!... who would have thought a bunch of washed up dads could do such wonderful things when given a chance to make a difference...PHOENIX ROCKS!

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How would you expand or adapt this future in 2025?
Dec 2 2014
2:54 AM
Goodwill started teaching the unemployed EarthShip building techniques as well as solar technologies to get enough people up to speed to transform urban blight areas into affordable low-income housing. Most of the training was donated by industry proffesionals.
Dec 2 2014
3:01 AM
In an attempt to reduce peak load on the grid, Phoenix power companies SRP and APS partnered with ASU Technology Department to develop a top twenty retro-fit list for residential and commercial properties. The governor proposed and the state senate ratified tax incentives for property owners to complete the retro-fits.
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Dec 2 2014
3:08 AM
City and state officials as well as industry leaders in construction, waste management and power generation.
Logistics( 1 )
What resources would you need to mobilize to make this future real?
Dec 2 2014
3:04 AM
Certain recyclables from Waste Management as well as some refuse, could be made available for the Earth Ships.
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What could get in the way of this future?
Dec 2 2014
3:05 AM
Unfamiliar building techniques for existing construction companies and proffessionals.