15-Minute Cities

Are 15 Minute Cities Smart?
by Thomas Buckley, former mayor of Lake Elsinore
“The Point” Substack

Embedded in this article are two “smart city” videos by “Answers with Joe”. Joe discusses futuristic cities that appear to be pretty cool. However…

Will these areas be transformed from areas with free thinking owners… to controlled renters?

Will most “smart city” occupants be renting and not owning? Will the current inhabitants owning property there get displaced?

Who do you suppose actually owns many of the large apartment buildings that they’re building? Could it be institutional investors like BlackRock, Vanguard, State Street? Is this a real life version of Monopoly?

What can “company towns” from the past teach us? Did “company towns” discourage independent thinking and living? Were they predatory and debt enslaving? In these new “smart cities”, will there be top-down planning, surveillance, and control of private life?

Critics Warn of ‘a Dragnet of Surveillance’
as U.S. Pushes Ahead With Plans for More ‘Smart’ Cities

As the U.S. government, tech companies, the media and urban developers double down on the idea that future cities must be “smart,” critics warn the technology-driven urban projects will turn cities into “data farms.”

“Re-stocking security apparatus with AI-driven mass surveillance is a dangerous political project which could lead to broad violations of human rights. Every action in a public space will get sucked into a dragnet of surveillance infrastructure, undermining fundamental civic freedoms.

Officials who control the designations of ‘abnormal or suspicious’ activities in societies also have the power to exacerbate a chilling effect on dissent and protest, and to supercharge discrimination against communities already targeted.”

Agnes Callamard, secretary general
Amnesty International

the Defender

Housing plans in Oceanside
spark community debate about state and local policies

“We make important decisions and we need to be held accountable for them. … When I have the discretion to make a decision, I obviously take ownership of it whether I’m right or wrong. But the fact that we don’t have that discretion anymore is extremely frustrating.”

Ryan Keim
Oceanside Deputy Mayor

North Coast Current

More discussion at Wake Up Oceanside

This is centralized decision making at the state level. Local communities will have a say in these policies that affect their own communities when these policies are being decided by local elected officials.

Do the citizens of Oceanside want developers to tear down their Regal Cinemas in Mission Marketplace? Is the community down with this?

And, did SANDAG punt mileage tax and toll roads decisions to the California Air Resources Board? Will it require action from our California legislators to save us from the kinds of laws? It would mean giving up power at the state level, however. Don’t most politicians hate to give up power once they have it?

Crowded Housing

EU Parliamentarian
15-Minute Cities Will Be “Complete impoverishment”
“Enslavement Of All The People”