Socialist Solutions: Livable Cities/Organic Agra

The Socialists of Milwaukee, our Party, The Socialist Party of America ran Milwaukee greatly. Yet other Cities had Socialist Mayors.
Mike Gurda in and Interview on How the Socialists Save Milwaukee states:

The Socialists were not ideologues insisting on one interpretation of doctrine. They were people who saw just problems screaming for attention and were determined to make life better for everybody. Seidel comes out and says it. There was an optimism, to some degree there was a romanticism to some of the way they governed. At the same time, there was a hard-as-nails determination that the entrenched interests would not rule, would not prevail. It was a very interesting group and politically savvy. They knew how to speak the language of the voter and they had an electoral organization. They called it the Bundle Brigade. They would publish these sometimes quite long circulars or flyer’s about whatever cause they were working on at the time. They could get one to any house in any language within about 48 hours. They were very effective.

Hometown USA is dying. People want to revive Main Street. Nice dream but we need change. As a student of Architecture I will advocate to close towns that are dead and/or dying. CThe one thing that they really campaigned for every year was public ownership of the utilities. That meant the streetcar company and the electric company, which are the same thing. The water works was municipal. Early on there were attempts at municipal electricity. That was probably if there was a favorite kind of a villain that Dan Hoan liked to beat up on it was the power company, which is now We Energies. Back then it was the Milwaukee Electric Railway and Light Co. There were periodic attempts to have a light station that the city owned. They would pass ordinances trying to bring the utility to heel during the relatively few times that Hoan had a working majority. As it turned out it never happened. But the simple fact is that if the Socialists hadn t been there constantly sniping it might have been a much more exploitative system than it was. onstruct new towns and villages withe Smart Growth methods. Introduce cutting edge high tech ecological embellishments.

The new architecture claims the old and perpetuates the new. Both Revivalist Architecture and Self Contained apartments, housing many with trams and stores with in. These will be made with Sustainable building Materials. They will also host Pod Cars and Centric pedestrian areas. they will modularly connect to other communities through trams, pod cars, and autos.

Some call it “The Jetson’s” modernization. Public Ownership will be a huge part of this with Worker Owned Industries, Co-ops, Sustainable Manufacturing (Bio Plastics e.g)

Mike Gurda also Notes: The one thing that they really campaigned for every year was public ownership of the utilities. That meant the streetcar company and the electric company, which are the same thing. The water works was municipal. Early on there were attempts at municipal electricity. That was probably if there was a favorite kind of a villain that Dan Hoan liked to beat up on it was the power company, which is now We Energies. Back then it was the Milwaukee Electric Railway and Light Co. There were periodic attempts to have a light station that the city owned. They would pass ordinances trying to bring the utility to heel during the relatively few times that Hoan had a working majority. As it turned out it never happened. But the simple fact is that if the Socialists hadn t been there constantly sniping it might have been a much more exploitative system than it was.

Sustainable Agra: The outer reaches of the City will have farms growing natural food stuffs. No Pestisides, No Monsanto, No Dow Chemicals. No GMO contamination. Farmers will not be remote from Society and entertain isolation. Trams and POD cars will allow rural folks quick access to the town.

Sustainable agriculture is the act of farming using principles of ecology, the study of relationships between organisms and their environment. The phrase was reportedly coined by Australian agricultural scientist Gordon McClymont.[1] It has been defined as “an integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site-specific application that will last over the long term” For Example:

Satisfy human food and fiber needs Enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agricultural economy depends on sustainability.
Make the most efficient use of non-renewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls
Sustain the economic viability of farm operations Enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole

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One thought on “Socialist Solutions: Livable Cities/Organic Agra

  1. Interesting post about Milwaukee Socialists. The city (and the state as well) long had a reputation for capable, honest government. That was before the likes of Scott Walker. Ironic, though, how Walker’s career owes a debt to these good government socialists. Check out http://goo.gl/eEOvPl for more.

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