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Economics of a Walkable Community

Let me share some thoughts on the economics of a walkable community.  My home is approximately 15 miles from Junction.  My pickup gets 15 miles per gallon.  A gallon of gas today cost $3.07 in Junction.  A round trip from the ranch property to town and back cost me approximately  $6.14.  I make the trip every day and on somedays make 2 trips.  On an annual basis this adds up to a least $2,241 per year for fuel.

I am told that gasoline could hit the $5/gallon mark very soon, possibly this year.  When gas hits the $5 /gallon mark the economics of a round trip changes dramatically.  My annual fuel cost increases to approximately $3,650 per year.  If I live and work in a “Walkable Community” that cost goes away.

Secondly, let’s look at the price of electrical energy.  I just received the January bill from Perdernales Electric.  My electric bill for January was $476.42.  I used 4,670 kWh at $.06506 per kWh.  January was an extremely cold month and I ran heaters in the house, barn, and guest quarters 24 hours/day to keep pipes from freezing.  January was not a typical month but it illustrates our desire to become less dependent on the electrical grid.

Our plans for living in a “Walkable Community” include two fundamental changes in life-style.  One -reduce our dependence on automobiles.  Two – make the move to alternative energy such as wind and solar.  We plan on using Structural Insulated Panels  (SIP) in the house and winery.  I will insert a photo of a SIP in this post so you can see how they are made.  We are currently working on making wind generators and solar heating panels to use at the Kennel, Winery and House. Slowly, we will move toward less and less dependence upon the electrical grid.

Jeanie and I encourage others to make this move with us.  Living and working in a “Walkable Community,” reducing dependence upon traditional energy sources and using green technology.  This is not an easy decision to make, but the concept is right, the time right and the place is right.

See ya at the Junction Rivers Winery ~

Joe King

Structural Insulaed Panels:

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What makes for happiness?

Check out the following link to TheWorld’s Happiest Countries:  http://travel.yahoo.com/p-interests-37522775

To sum it up, the United States is not on the list and money is not the answer to happiness. In short, Christophger Helman, in the The World’s Happiest Countries says,  happiness is ” being healthy, free from pain, being able to take care of yourself…having a good time with friends and family…having opportunity…able to get a good education, …to be an entrepreneur.”

The Walkable Community Project is all of the above and more.  How exciting can it get?

Joe King

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Compounding “Interest”

I was taught in economics that using the principle of compounding works because compounding occurs when interest is added to the principal.  The interest that has been added also earns interest.  In this post I am referring to another kind of compounding.  It is the compounding of an idea — more so, the idea of a walkable community.

Here is how it works.  As “interest” in the idea of a walkable community grows, more and more people are attracted to the idea. This is what I mean by compounding  ”interest.”  The very idea that there is a vision of a walkable community floating around in cyberspace, and the minds of others, is drawing attention and that attention is creating even more interest.  People are excited about the concepts of walkability and sustainability.  I have been asked to speak to the  Economic Development Council and the Tourism Board in Junction.  There is excitement and people want to know more.  Dr. Gregory Bogard, DVM at the King-Care Pet Center, told me yesterday that the walkable community concept was the talk of Rotary.  I have had a number of people drop by my office seeking information on the walkable community project. Jeanie and I have responded to a number of emails from people who have read the walkable community blog and want to know more.

You see – compounding works in more ways than one.  Do you want to benefit from compounding?  You can – just talk about the walkable community project with your friends and family.  Tell them to read this blog.  Share your thoughts with us via  this blog. Your  thoughts will then journey into the amazing world of cyberspace;  be watered and fertilized, and potentially grow into a walkable community.  What is compounding interest?  It could be a walkable community!

Joe King

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Generation Y’ers and Junction

Over the last couple of days I have been reading more and more about Generation Y.  Generally, Generation Y refers to those born between the years 1977 and 2002.  As a group, Gen Y’ers have a different attitude about life than earlier generations.  How are they different?  Some of the difference can be seen in that:

  • Most are opting out for smaller homes.
  • As a general rule, they are not attached to the automobile like the baby boomers.
  • They have a tendency to want to work smarter, not harder, and will change jobs to be friends.
  • Many are opting for jobs that allow them to work at home or from a laptop.
  • Most are sensitive to living “green.”
  • Many are looking to live in “walkable communities.”

To be perfectly honest with you -  I must be a Gen Y’er myself.  I want the same things in my life.

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