The following post is a progress report on the walkable community concept:
We are moving forward with a number of Walkable Community components. Dr. Greg Bogard and I are working on building wind generators and solar heating panels for the house on 8th street, the winery and the kennel. Jeanie and I have floor plans for the building on 8th street and for the Junction Rivers Winery. We have applied for a federal license for the winery and will follow that with state licensing requirements. We have quotes on building costs, pad estimates, plumbing, electrical, and winery equipment. I have hired a winemaker for the winery.
The building on 8th street is 2 blocks from the winery, kennel and clinic. Jeanie and I are determined to move away from our dependence upon the electrical grid and supply a majority of our power needs using wind and solar energy. This project is not only a vision of a Walkable Community but also of a Green Community. We are encouraging others to follow our lead on using alternative energy and living within a walkable distance of their business. This will allow us to move away from our total dependence on automobiles. We hope that others will grasp the vision and join us in making this vision reality.
In the days ahead we will be posting floor plans of the winery, progress reports on our alternative energy initiatives, and photos and videos displaying the beauty of Junction. The junctionriverswinery.com website has a photo and video album of Junction. We will be posting photos and videos of our progress as we move forward. We have had comments from people as far away as North Carolina on the Walkable Community concept. The idea is right, the time is right and the place is right.
There are a number of people reading this blog and the entire concept is drawing attention to the validity of the Walkable Community Project. We welcome your comments and thoughts.