Maine is a state of natural beauty – it is Vacation Land after all. In an effort to preserve the natural beauty of the state a group of Maine residents has started the Piscataquis Village Project. The goal of the project is build a town with no cars allowed.
The proposal for the car free village is simple: create a compact, car free village on 125 acres of land in an area of roughly 500 acres in southern Piscataquis County. The car free village will use narrow roads and paths just like historical layouts of villages from Europe and early North America in which the main form of travel was bicycle, animals, and by foot. Cars would be forced to park on the perimeter of the village.
The entire plan, it does get in-depth, can be found Here.
So what are the odds of this dream coming true? With about 17,535 residents, Piscataquis County is one of the most sparsely populated counties east of the Mississippi. The break down comes out to be fewer than six inhabitants per square mile. So space and a desire to attract more people to the county is not an issue.
The head of the project is Tracy Gayton and has has lived in Maine since the early 1980s. Gayton came to Maine from Florida with the idea of trying his luck at homesteading. He did not last long, but stayed in the state. After taking early retirement a couple of years ago, Gayton started traveling, and the places he saw in Europe and Latin America inspired him to start the Piscataquis Village Project. So far, Gayton reports that he has got $280,000 in commitments from 24 families.
An interesting idea for sure, but is it viable in today’s society? Would you want to live in a town where cars aren’t allowed? Does it remind of M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village from 2004? Sound off in the comment section below.
Andrew Meggison was born in the state of Maine and educated in Massachusetts. Andrew earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and International Relations from Clark University and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Northeastern University. Being an Eagle Scout, Andrew has a passion for all things environmental. In his free time Andrew enjoys writing, exploring the great outdoors, a good film, and a creative cocktail. You can follow Andrew on Twitter @AndrewMeggison