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Published:January 21st, 2012 11:21 EST
Thoughts on the   Venus Project

Thoughts on the Venus Project

By Harvey Carroll, Jr.

Is the Jacque Fresco`s "Venus Project" Social Engineering make him a "Socialist," or is Jacque Fresco a more universally conscious modern day "Wise Man" that wishes to remind us of Christ`s social teachings?

 In many ways, I think Jacque Fresco is a very smart man, socially responsible and wishes to contribute to society. Others on the other hand would like to call him crazy, demonize him and/or categorize him as having a God Complex that wishes to move beyond the modern day "Wiseman", and sort of play God. Well Christ did say that we were all Gods Children during his Sermon on the Mountain teachings... Perhaps there is a bit of God in all of us, but many of us just do not use that God given potential to make our World a better ...

As a Social Engineer Jacque Fresco`s is attempting to socially reengineer the way society thinks, and develops their cities, their way of life and use of resources. Some will point and call him a "Socialist"; however, we must try to avoid the name-calling and recognize that most all major collages and universities have a professional public administration program (PA). Many of which offer a masters of public administrations advanced degree (MPA), which teaches their students how to affect change within their communities to bring about a better quality of life and have profound affects. Having studied a bit of public administration, and affecting policy on the local, state, national and international level. I see professional public administrators participating within the policy making process, which is essential in maintaining and enhancing growth and development of communities. Professional Public Administrators wear many hats, and PA`s should be well rounded, understand real estate, planning, land development, business, budgeting and the other basic functions of running a City... I think a PA has to be as well.

My personal interest in dabbling in the field of Public Administration has led me to influence the development of roads, bridges, built community centers and parks for kids to play safely, created industrial parks that maintained and created jobs, as well as revitalizing cities. On the state level helped to fund large capital projects via road bonds, and influence vast new education funding schemes that distributed a more equal access to education and technology throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky via the KERA program. Then on the national and international level, I influenced vast economic policies and dealt with global affairs and even wars that saved millions of lives and affected the economic fate of nations... So, are we that dabble in the public administration field, or are the elected officials not themselves social engineers?

So, let us dispense with the term of "Social Engineer", which Jacque Fresco is often referred to and just consider him and ourselves that are looking at the "Venus Project" as Professional Public Administrators to see if there is any potential in adopting such ideas... I think if we do this then we can bring ourselves to examine his new city concepts in a more open-minded way... Secondly, as a "Land Developer", I think I can bring more to the table and view the "Venus Project" from real-world experience and insight. Granted I am no Donald Trump, but we do have the same basic educational background and I do have more than enough land development experience in building single and multi-family residential projects as well as small commercial, retail and restaurant complexes. In addition, I have worked at some of the top real estate developments in the world as a top producing sales agent and have analyzed over 100 larger scale projects within the United States and within the new Emerging Market Economies of the former Soviet Union... So, those of you that can`t get beyond the "Socialist" aspects of Jacque Fresco being called a "Social Engineer", I can also bring into play my Diplomacy and International Commerce background and first hand experience of the collapse of Communism and the quest to become a Market/Capitalistic economy views to the table as well... My ability to compare and contrast real Socialist projects with Capitalistic projects will be essential in analyzing the "Venus Project"...

I feel the "Venus Project" http://www.thevenusproject.com/ failed do to its location, location, location as we say in real estate... The Google Earth view at 27°28`53.53" N 81°17`48.70" W shows that he is too bold in his line of thinking and neglects the "location, location, location" rule of real estate. Granted Walt Disney went to Central Florida with his quest to build the Disney Parks; but Jacque Fresco is no Walt Disney in his line of thinking on attracting people to his parks for fun and adventure. Jacque Fresco expects you to uproot your life, pack-up and move to his city... Now at the height there was a reported 65 million people a year visiting Central Florida to go to the Disney Parks, and became a grand venture; however, Jacque Fresco`s first attempt at building a social engineered city will not have the marketing draw that Disney has...

However, the "Venus Project" is not Disney and the concept throws out much of the way cities have been built for decades or do they? The "Venus Project" is circular, but most cities throughout history were circular and wagon-wheel shaped... It is almost a given to have a city center and then spoke out from that in all directions and then have connector roads liking and securing each and every spoke in place... This City Planning technique is very common in Public Administration and Real Estate programs that makes public officials and land developers aware of how they can maximize the development potential of their communities...

Jacque Fresco has done much of his homework in theory and created virtual models of his "Venus Project", http://www.thevenusproject.com/ and has tried to maximize the useable space available and add considerable green-space, agricultural aspects and modernize transportation and technological needs within his dream city... I for one do not look at him as a dream, but someone that has just built upon old principles and tried to add a much more modern concept and in the process add a bit more of a philosophical sales pitch to the project to attract the more progressive minded people to get involved.

I feel confident in saying that it is the location, location, location issue has kept the project from being a success... If this project were to be adopted within the Disney property then it would be built and you would see a variety of these cities pop up from there... However, the "Venus Project" would have to be redrafted in many areas to bring a more real world development concept into reality... For instance, his subliminal and outspoken anti-war conceptualization converts tanks into erectors, which could be done, but since he focuses on transportation as a key element, why not also convert rail/track laying trains into an erector as well... Then focus on erecting prefab buildings along a "Light Rail" with the options of converting to Maglev.

 The duel purpose can serve construction, transportation and for higher speeds become safer and more cost affective... The "Light Rail" tracklayer could be used to erect Disney Contemporary Resort style buildings http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=8eV2byt63vE.

I feel that this could beomce somewhat of a proven design for the multi-story construction whereby, the "Light Rail" goes through as well as beside the buildings... The quick track laying and prefabricated erecting could ease the mass-production housing issues at a very low cost to help stabilize the future housing market conditions...

I will quickly note that large-scale developers like Donald Trump and others throughout the World do this sort of developing on a regular basis. They simply use whatever resources they have available and develop the lands into quality modern communities. Trump has done it many times and in fact his Rail Yard conversion in New York maximized the use of the rail by training in the prefab units and then craning them up into place... This train and crane is not anything new; however, a hybrid conversion that converts a train tracklayer into an erector is a new concept... Having dealt with my share of Wars, I like the idea of converting some of the tanks into erectors as well; however, we know that the Defense Industry would just inflate the prices to where they might not be cost efficient unless they got a piece of the pie and converted all the old military bases into "Venus Project" cities.

With that in mind perhaps Lockheed Martin could redraft their 2000 acres off Universal Drive, just behind Lockheed Martin, in Orlando, Florida for Federal Government Employees as a buyout program to reduce long term Government liabilities... A cool place like that to live in joint venture with the Federal Government bankrolling it to reduce long term Government retirees fees would be a great problem solver.... Lockheed of course can build their own rail systems, for sure design, and convert tracklayers into erectors... They also have the lobbying power to branch out to other Military Bases that will certainly be closing, as America`s Defense budgets are reduced do to a decade of Wars of Choice and mismanagement...

The "Venus Project" would also work in other parts of the World to include the former Soviet States. They have had a long-term commitment to develop public housing. I feel that it was the public housing , that saved the Soviet States from total collapse and internal civil conflict... The vast tract housing development provided little more than a cold concrete flat box with a small living room, kitchen, toilet/bath and perhaps bedrooms for larger families... Then after the collapse of the Soviet Union tens of thousands of these low cost multi-story tract housing units were privatized, put on the market to raise capital to pay back the West that bailed them out... The United States and the EU Countries have had Government Housing Projects as well that were built for the poor... Many American Government Housing Communities have not been maintained, and ended up Gheto`s, which in turn, became a haven for drugs, and crime. The Soviet model did trump the Government Housing Projects in the West as everyone was poor, but they did not know it... So, strict rules to focus on education kept most of the Government constructed tract housing from becoming Gheto`s... Perhaps there is something to be learned from not only the "Venus Project" but the old Soviet system and revitalize the Gheto communities with new standards and education requirements in order to continue to live in such properties... I now see why Jack Kemp the former HUD Administrator nearly blew off the roof of his old football stadium the day he got his wings... He could not leave Earth and the Gheto`s quick enough... Just a thought...

The "Venus Project" and other such large-scale projects are realistic; as we have seen; many successful land developers conceptualize and complete grand projects... Location, location, location along with sound economic and finance principles are essential... If the Government and/or Governments are involved then they may apply their ways to the "Venus Project". Be it Private Land Developers, or Government Housing projects in America, the conversion of Military Bases in Joint Venture with Private Land Developers; or within the former Soviet Countries that have now privatized their lands and often do public-private-partnerships with private as well as State Run Housing Project Developers...

 In conclusion, I endorse the "Venus Project", and would welcome carrying on the quest of Jacque Fresco lifelong work on his dreams of the "Venus Project"; as long as sound economic and finance principles are applied. I would certainly be open to Developing near Disney or other key American Cities, or within foreign nations. I will make my first attempt by presenting this type of project in Southern Ukraine near the Black Sea where I visit often and have contacts with regional/city development groups that are looking for new expansion and development of their region; however, I also support the expansion and revitalization of existing Cities in American and through out the World, and offer this "Comprehensive Plan" for Professional Public Administrator to use as a tool ...https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B-ygIxNdW7E9YWE5NTBmNjMtZmY5OC00YmMyLThkNmUtNTc1MWJhMDVhM2Zj&hl=en_US

 I would welcome being an advisor and/or Co-Developer in a few projects in key locations, in and/or around existing cities, major transportation routs that have existing utilities and other accessible infrastructure and resources... Project must make sense and be marketable while still progressing humanity in a more constructive way... I see this as a complex Land Development Project intertwined with Professional Public Administration and not an attempt to genetically engineer people into mindless city dwellers... The "Venus Project" on the contrary wishes to enhance the God given abilities of human beings and add more focus to personal growth and development as well as the maximization of overall quality of life within the city entities...

 Thank you and I look forward to discussing business with the "Venus Project" directors, or anyone else that wishes to develop such a project within the World...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJfKXbvA5T8&feature=fvwrel and this more lengthy part 1

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqplP-E8Dvw&feature=related and part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Cu4qzDVjGQ.

In addition they have a website http://www.thevenusproject.com/.