GROWTH OPPORTUNITY: CAN SMALL TOWN AMERICA BOUNCE BACK TO GLORY

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“From hustle and bustle to bust.”


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America has about 19,350 cities and towns, with the majority being small cities and towns. Small places that were once a hustling and bustling town are now desolate. And the reason being is that when companies realized going overseas could mean cheaper labor for higher profit margin, that was it. Small towns and cities that were industrialized started to wither away. Younger generations left and now you have an aging generation left behind.

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I wonder, just wonder, is it at all possible to rebuild some of these small towns. Maybe the emerging tech industry will open up new opportunities for these places. Could something possibly be built on the web, or of enough strength that could bring these places around? Because what was once environments for coal mining and steel workers is no more. And with everyone running out to Silicon Valley, is there a chance some of those people can rebuild these broken towns.

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We all would like to build something and reap the benefits of what we built. But what happens when your vision becomes bigger than you? What are you to do when what you want to build you just won’t be around to see. And that is yet another reason why it’s so hard to rebuild these small places. Someone or many people are needed to build for the next generation. Yet who will be the sacrificial lambs to do so. And that’s the big dilemma; who will take one for the team. Because in order to rebuild, someone has to step. Who will it be?


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MISSION CONTROL: HOW LONG BEFORE WE HAVE A FULLY FUNCTIONAL STATION ON THE MOON

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“Learning about space from space.”


OUT OF THIS WORLD

Our planet Earth is one amazing planet to live on. It is the only place that is at least within our ability to travel, able to sustain a diversity of life. Everything from bacteria to animals, to plants and ourselves as humans. We are what you would describe as in the Goldie Locks Zone for life to sustain. All the great things that had to take place to put us in this place are truly amazing. But now that we know so much about this planet, what about understanding other planets. And yes, we already possess a large volume of knowledge about other places. But when will we  get to a place where we study space in a lab like that on Earth from space.

STATION SETUP

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We already have stations in space, but what I am referring to as it pertains to stations, is the ability to have rovers drive from actually building structures to structure in space. In an article written back in 2016 on the Market Watch ← website, it was reported that the cost of a single trip to the moon is $7 – $10 billion, with an additional $28 – $52 billion in spending for a space station. The photo is of an idea from the website how the station could look in the future.

WORKERS

As far as the employment for the building of the station. How will you train people to build on the moon? It’s not like here on Earth where oxygen is in the air for breathing and gravity keeps us stabilized. You’re talking a whole new host of challenges when trying to build on the moon. Or, do we use only astronaut engineers for the job that will aid in machines building the station and the engineers just making sure the mechanisms work properly. But think about the ability to us to actually use non-astronauts to build. It opens a whole new opportunity for job creation in the future.

HARVEST

Along with building a space station, what about other experiments that could take place on the moon for people on Earth. What about the idea of horticulture that Corn Field during Daytimeserves as a means for seeing what could grow on the moon. And since countries already have joint ventures in going to space, this could be something that countries come to together for a greater good project. Imagine the possibilities of animal, chicken, cockerelutilizing another planet just for countries to grow crop to sustain life on Earth. If the science is worked enough, you’re talking an abundance of food that could aid in decreasing hunger here on Earth. Even the idea of raising livestock could come into play based on experiments from space stations on the moon.

AT A STANDSTILL

Even with all the cool possibilities of building on the moon, you have a few factors that could stop these dreams. You have the extremely high cost that countries just don’t have, as well as the dangers of building. That is when Murphy’s Law comes into play, things can and will happen. So there will be years and years of studies and experiments on Earth before ever stepping foot on the moon, must less bringing equipment and materials for building.


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BLOGGING, VLOGGING, POSTING, AND MILESTONES: HOW TO INCREASE MY SOCIAL MEDIA AUDIENCE

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“Building my platform day by day.” 


Yesterday, I posted my 500th post for my WordPress account. And now my milestone stands at 500 posts; 7,748 views; and 1,893 visitors coming to the site. And that is just for my WordPress because I have had this account longer. As it pertains to my personal website on Square Space I have about 121 unique visitors, 193 visits, and 360 views; my new Medium account, I have 92 views, 65 reads, and 4 followers in the last 30 days; and my Facebook fan page with 188 people. So now, I am looking into the year 2018 to grow my platforms over social media. In addition to these sites that I have through blogging, I also have my Instagram and Twitter, with my podcast coming in 2018. I put myself on a time frame for growing my platforms and writing. My writing I said 10 ten years and my platforms I have put myself on a 5 year growth scale. But in real time, everything seems to be moving extremely slow. But I wonder what my social media will look like by my mid 30’s.

And that is a very important age range for me: 33 – 35 years of age. This is the age at which I want to be fully self employed and making moves with my name via social media for my blogs, filmmaking, as a novelist, and photographer. So basically, I will be conducting a lot of writing. I want to have a successful writing career by the time I turn 35 years of age. Let’s assume I pop by the time I turn 35 years old, then build through my 40’s and 50’s. That would mean that I have a good 20 plus years of enjoying my life, and beyond. But coming from this generation, generation Y, we are used to everything moving fast. The only thing that seems to stand still is our job growth and our intimate relationships. And with that, we spend a lot of time depressed because we were given a false illusion of society that does not exist.

The only reason why I don’t quite feel that way is because my mother told me that life was going to be a struggle. And building anything that grows to be great is going to take a lot of work and a lot of time. When we look back at the work we’ve done, then and only then can we say to ourselves, ok, this is how I got to this point. I have to continue to put the work into my projects. I always stay active posting videos on what I am working on currently and in the future via Instagram. Which automatically go to my personal website and Twitter. So I am always connected because of my social media platforms. Now the question remains: “Who am I going to try to connect to, to build my audience?” Because in the end, I will need to connect and network with people to build as well. People also connect to you once they see you creating something that provides them with value. And that value is what will ultimately put me over the top.


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ARTISANS STILL HAVE A SPACE: WHY CRAFTSMANSHIP IS STILL RESPECTED

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“Might be a dinosaur, but not a dead dinosaur.”


I am always impressed whenever I see the craftsmanship of people throughout history. I work at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. And there is artifacts designed and built by man that stretch back hundreds and even thousands of years. And when you take a step back and look at the artisans of the past, you can’t help but to be impressed. The magnitude of what they were able to accomplish with such a small amount of tools to perform their jobs. But it were these basics tools and pulley systems which built these past civilizations. So my question to you is, “Is there still room, even in today’s tech savvy environment for artisans/craftsman?” Because with so much manpower being replaced by machines, do these craftsman have a place in our society? And the answer is yes they do. And you know why?

Even with all the technological aspects of society, we are always impressed with the hands on abilities of man. Yes, we are enamored with machines and what they can do. But when you look at the performance of man’s hands on approach, he are seeing something far better. Meaning, it’s one thing to see a statues put together by machinery, but viewing a statue or monument that we ancient, architecture, artused our own hands to build is even better. Like I said before, I work at a museum, and when you see scrolls that were crafted by man or sculptures from the past, you know they used tools that were far less advanced than today. But having to use something less advance yet still getting the job done; and on top of all that lasting throughout history is a job well done. But then you start to think about the future of mankind.

What will be create in today’s society that 1,000 years from now people will be amazed that we were able to build? To us, we say, so what we built a car to drive around. But our future descendants might look at the materials we have built cars with and say, “Wow, I’m surprised those vehicles lasted as long as some of them did with that material.” “Those pieces of metal should have fell apart soon as they put them together.” Which is why you’ll start to see our cars in museums as time progress. Museums guides will say to people, “This here is a Ford pickup truck which was used 500 years ago to transport cargo loads for construction.” “It was one of the transports of its day.” And what’s great about us 500 – 1,000 years from now, we will have all this stuff in perpetuity. So there will be audio and video of this Ford pickup truck in commercials and what it could accomplish on the road and off the road.

In the end, craftsmanship is eternal. We will always look in the past at what man has built and muse at the ingenuity. From theamerica, ancient, architecture simple tools of Cromagnon Man to the building of the pyramids in Egypt, to the carving of Mount Rushmore to public school classrooms where art student are shaping clay into artistic objects of interest. The human intrigue with our abilities to take what’s allotted to us and make life work using the simplest of tools is what makes us great.


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CONSOLIDATION: SHOULD THE U.S. JOIN TOWNS AND MAKE BIGGER CITIES

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“Too small to stabilize.”


New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, Houston, Philadelphia, Boston, Seattle, Las Vegas, and Washington D.C. These are just a few of our more well-known major U.S. cities across the country. But for the most part, America is comprised of a lot of small cities and towns. Places you have never heard of, yet Tree in Front of Establishmentthey sustain themselves. But is it time we start to consolidate some of these really small places. I am not talking about a city of 100,000 plus citizens. I’m more so referring to towns and cities with 5,000; 15,000; and 20,000 citizens. We should now make the leap and start bringing these place together. Instead of five towns around each other that have populations of 15,000; 10,000; 20,000; 12,000; and 25,000; we build one city of  82,000.

Why might even add a few more towns around these other 5 places and create another major city. Since coming into office, President Trump has been slow to really get into the employment situation in America. He made a pledge to bring back American jobs. But the reason why that would be a difficult feat is because we have too many of these small cities and towns. Trying to build infrastructure around a city of 25,000 is impossible. To be honest, anything below 100,000 becomes a difficult task. Now, if you’re from one of these places, you might take this as an insult. But you have to understand how an infrastructure where jobs are created manages to sustain. New York City where I live, for example, is a perfect place to build.

The city is roughly 12 million inhabitants, 65 – 70 million tourists, and potential for so much real estate development. So if you have enough capital, you can build a architecture, buildings, citylot in this city. But the city where I grew up is only 78,000 people. And the problem with a lot of these small places is that they were once manufacturing towns. Now, there is potential to turn the city where I am from into a distribution center. There are so many open factory spaces that are vacant. These buildings can be converted into space to house inventory. Thus turning the city into a distribution hub. But when you’re talking about building or bringing together these types of plans, you run into some problems. And no, I don’t mean actually building, I mean the people.

A lot of people from these small places are resistant to the change. They want life to stay the same, and this is just impossible. With improvements in science and technology, a lot of these small unknown towns/cities will be ghost towns. With an aging population and young people headed to metropolitan cities, these towns will eventually die. I was looking on the internet earlier this morning where you could buy a town for sale for some places as low as the price of average American home. These once booming industrialized towns are now backdrops for what could be a wild west movie. And in the end, these places that once served communities in building a life for oneself is no longer the case. Some of these towns/cities were started the same time as our major cities, But as the metropolitan cities grew, these small places failed to innovate and were left behind.


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WHEN THERE’S BLOOD IN THE STREET: CAN SOMETHING GOOD COME FROM THESE HIGH CRIME NEIGHBORHOODS

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“Do you see the gold in the street?”


The famous quote coined by Baron Rothschild was, “When there’s blood in the street, buy.” It makes sense because people are in a panic. So when you buy, and the panic starts, once the panic is over you own a lot. And that’s how Rothschild gained his wealth. By sending the news regarding the Battle of Waterloo led by Napoleon, Nathan Rothschild gained an edge. He made one of biggest fortunes in the city at that time. The Rothschilds gained while everyone else was in a state of panic. Why, because he had an edge by being one of, if not the biggest carrier system in Europe. So he was able to deliver news that even his competition had to follow.

Now, let’s fast forward in today’s society. I grew up in an inner city community that was poor. Not only that, but the crime was high in the areas. No one wanted and still don’t want to buy property in the communities. Now, with what Rothschild did back years ago, could that be used again today. Gentrification is a prime example of that very Rothschild model. But, why not the people capitalize who are from these areas. Especially once they get enough money where they can afford to do so. Then again, how does one feel about buying property and capitalizing off of the misfortune of others. But, someone is going to do it, why not people who come from the community.

When I look at my home town for example, the low cost of property is amazing. Now that I live in New York City, where $1 million is average in some places for a home, that money is major back home. But can you just start building just because property is low? The answer is no, you can’t, why, well there has to be something there. There has to be industries or industries willing to move in and skilled labor to work jobs. So buying property when there is blood in the street only works under those kinds of conditions. But in addition to the environment conditions, what about the vision for where you want to see the place you’re investing in to be in the future. You don’t just throw money at something, you have to be skilled to grow it as well.

I look at a city like Chicago, Illinois for for example with high crime areas. No one is investing in those areas because of the obvious. But another reason is the skill of the people who are going to be working there in those areas. And, what do you plan on converting the area into. Hyde Park is a nice neighborhood where some if not a lot of people may work in the city. What about bringing city jobs to the Englewood community next door? Or better yet, Bronzeville is another community located in great proximity to downtown Chicago. Chinatown is in the middle, which is a great gateway of economic growth. Not only that, but if possible, you could bring the two communities together, creating a mix of diversity that could also contribute to the boom.

In the end, there is truth to the blood in the streets quote. Now whether you’re comfortable with investing in the areas, that’s up to you. Some people have invested, but then wound up losing money. But a guy like Nathan Rothschild, who had access to information was able to capitalize, some would say. You do also, it’s all about having the eye for being able to see the potential, then moving on it.


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THE CITY IN THE SAND: UTILIZING WHAT WE HAVE TO BUILD WHAT WE NEED

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“We need it, but what is the cost?”

The United States of America has so much land, yet we only utilize a small portion of the land. A large volume of the country’s population is concentrated to a few locations. Those people are mainly in our major cities. But what about the land we don’t use? Is there any use for this land? I know we have a lot of preserved land out west. But, is there any way to make some of this land into another city? Whether it’s a small city or even the building of a major city. What are some of the places we could build? Well, let’s first observe why we might need to build another city.

The United States economy has been having problems with job creation. My thought would be, what about building another major city. This would Related imagecreate not only jobs in the country over a long haul, but will also serve as another city for tourism, infrastructure, and connecting major cities to cities for growth. The idea I had in mind was the desert in the western part of the United States. Like I said before, even though land is preserved, maybe there is a way to build around this land. I just see the land not being utilized as counterproductive. But where in the west; deserts are wide and vast in the United States.

A suggestion I had was around the area of Death Valley. This wide desolate land that is vast and arid with little room for life to exist, could be a potential site. This would mean building massive infrastrRelated imageucture just to build water resources alone. What about the roads and the commercial as well as residential real estate needed to be built? Is there such a plan that would work for the building of a city? Are there any protest that could arise from the building of a civilization in the desert? That’s why I said around the region of Death Valley.

Now, what could a desert city look like in the future? I have sought out pictures via Google imaging at what a desert city could potentially look like in the future. A few images I noticed that commercial and residential properties Related imagecould be built into the landscape. For example, office buildings could be constructed into large rock formation or dug out of cliffs. The photo is of a potential building for a city built into the formation of the landscape. This means hundreds of feet dug down and hundreds of square miles out. Giving the impression from the sky that the landscape looks like every other desert landscape, yet a city lies beneath. Another pro of building such a city in the desert would be the use of solar panels for energy conservation. The solar energy in a death valley region could really save on energy cost.

In the end, there are many possibilities to building out west. There are even room for growth as it pertains to vegetation. Solar panel farming has grown in popularity which could also aid in growth for a civilization. But, there may be quite some time before we see a building to the scale I see for a city. You still have to get around the governmental policies put forth to protect such lands and protestors upset about the building on lands. Until then, we have to make due with what we have; hopefully that will change.