Starting Your Own City: An Ancient, New Idea

“Strange as it may sound, there is a long history of founding new cities during periods of massive upheaval, and each time it was these very ‘frontier’ settlements that drove broader economic and social recovery after the crisis passed.” The Economic Standard‘s editor-in-chief, Erik Sass, explores the potential that this old human tradition has, and…

Private Cities Are A Needed Experiment

“Many different alternative models could fit roughly under the “private city” definition. A foundation called Startup Societies advocates for some of them, such as special economic zones (SEZs), microstates, seasteads, and eco-villages. […] A more explicitly private version comes from Titus Gebel, who runs the website Free Private Cities.” Scott Beyer wrote about the necessary bottom-up…

Coronavirus – What would a Free Private City do?

“As operator I would argue that clear evidence shows that COVID-19 is indeed a pandemic, since defined populations (as seen on cruise ships or in Northern Italian towns) have much higher death rates during flu season than usual. Doing nothing would overload the whole health system to the disadvantage of all sick people. This justifies…

Inside the Rise of Private Cities: ‘Priority Of Management Is Profit, Not The Needs Of Citizens’

“Private cities, generally marketed as being “better, cheaper and freer than existing state models” have become the new trend in the 21st century urban development. […] Singapore, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Dubai ‘all showed that it’s possible to become a world-class city within two or three generations, sometimes even less.’.” Forbes published an original article…