*fell apart because of poor management
Might have to change the rules a little when offline.
During the night we'll be renting a club, and throw electronic music parties, bring in DJs and DJ it ourselves.
If anyone is interested in living there, let me know :) City of eternal spring (perfect weather), incredibly beautiful people, what's not to love :) Round trip airfare runs about $500, and rent will likely be $5-600/mo :)
If anyone there wants to hire a Yank, I'll settle for living there (I already bleed syrup).
(1) If I get into Bill Gates territory, maybe New Zealand. ;-)
And it's technically part of New Zealand!
And yeah... free wifi, but where's that go? Back to NZ and then to the rest of the world? That can't be fast or high bandwidth.
Sounds like it would be a fantastic place to spend some time, but it could get old.
What islands did your friend go to?
I wonder whether they are affected by that "three strikes" nonsense currently afflicting NZ. Not that I'm prone to hoist the flag, but dealing with an quasi-arbitrary right (or lack thereof) to connectivity would be a hindrance.
Which also reminds me, connectivity to my friend's island is kind of lackluster and expensive. Guess I need to look at your links in more detail.
Upisland has loggers, retirees and drunks (duncan). Just saying, if you come here know what you're getting into.
Comox valley is nice, and is starting to attract smart young families. One of the best developers I've ever met moved his family there to get away from the cost of Victoria.
Just try affording housing! Plus we have students squeezing you on the low end.
I didn't know much about upisland, except some comments that parts of Nanaimo could get a bit rough. I'm not much in need of a social scene, these days, but your description sounds a bit past what I'd be looking for.
I did have a half-joking offer of a job on Gabriola, managing a small tech installation. It would have been a big step down in pay and responsibilities, but the food and scenery would have been great. I guess I never got that out of my head.
Thanks, again, for the description. I'll probably never make it up there, workwise, but a bit of information can't help but better inform my daydreams.
The situation with the retirees/money has gotten acutely worse in recent years. They've absolutely bid up real estate recently. I won't shed a tear when their retirement accounts blow up.
Rent is about %50 higher in SF, but everything else is much more expensive here. Factor in the 30% "island tax" into all prices - groceries, computer parts, bikes, etc. Then factor that tech salaries are depressed here (You won't find anyone who'll pay $100K, let alone understand why they should).
I'll settle for working there. Though it sounds like I'd be living in a hovel. Ah, well...
For instance, $60Bn doesn't buy very much of Manhattan. It's rather disappointing really.
Disclaimer: I'm not associated with this site in any way. I just think it's fun to daydream about.
Strikes me the residency was possibly just a way to pay for the island, ie get arts funding, perhaps they should have focussed on making an alternative energy centre?
Everything seems to talk about the principles of the project - I can't even find a decent picture of the settlement's current state.
"With the help of Keweenaw Land Trust creat-
ing a conservation easement, Rob was able to
purchase the 90.5 of the island’s 91 acres to
ensure that it will remain in its natural state in
I've always wanted to be stranded with basic supplies to see how I'd go but someone in survival mode might end up needing to hack away at trees to build a shelter and trap rabbits and I don't know how that would gel with their principles.
FYI: benefits of easement - http://www.michbar.org/journal/article.cfm?articleID=95&...
•a federal income tax deduction for the value of the easement
•the right to subtract the value of the easement from a decedent’s estate in calculating federal gift or estate taxes
•the right to exclude 40 percent of the remainder value of land subject to the easement in calculating federal estate taxes
If they are aiming for a similar impact level to, say, a national park then that's a lot better than it being approved for broader development.
As for the easement, in exchange for those things they "eliminate most or all development potential in order to protect some conservation value(s) of the property that provides a significant public benefit." (from that link.)
Seems like one would need to look at the specific terms of the Rabbit Island easement in order to further quantify any claims.
What these fellows propose and appear to be executing, sounds much more conservative (in the a-political sense) than some alternatives I can imagine. And it appears that the State had no interest in acquiring the property, nor whichever county that is (probably cash-strapped and not eager to take on the management and liability).
Artists retreats are also a bit of an established tradition. There's one further west, at Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park. And they seem to dot the upper peninsula (UP) and northern Wisconsin.
It is a rare resource. I hope they treat it well.
That said I think I'd love to live somewhere like that - don't think my family would move with me though.
Note: Not directed at all hippies.