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Old 05-02-2012, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Interior AK
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We live in a remote rural location where there very few services and amenities. Some of the few amenities we do have are continually being degraded through improper care and vandalism. The majority of this is from transient usage, people passing through or members of outside communities, who have no vested interest in keeping our amenities serviceable and in good condition. Things like the laundromat/showers, well house, community center/library, pay phones, and boat docks.

Have other ruralites experienced similar problems in their communities?

Do you feel that making some of these amenities available only to residents or select individuals via private membership (as is done in some cities) would help alleviate the problem or create more animosity?

Would it ensure the amenities were available or would it create undue dissension within the community?

Would you be willing to join a private membership (separate from the public amenity), perhaps paying a small fee for upkeep & use, to have the assurance that the service would be available when you needed it?

Or would you feel that being part of such privatizing would undermine your community values and promote unjust discrimination and segregation?

I'm not trying to start any wars with this thread, just trying to figure out a way to secure our local amenities without causing more problems than we're solving. We aren't trying to remove the public amenities or restrict their use, just possibly create a few private amenities and secure their use to people who are personally responsible/accountable and feel personally vested in maintaining it.

Ideas? Thoughts?
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Old 05-02-2012, 03:52 PM
 
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To what amenities, specifically, are you referring?
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Old 05-02-2012, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Interior AK
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Things like the communal laundromat/showers, well house, community center/library, pay phones, and boat docks.
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