The Tiny Town Movement

Let's talk about making legal places for Tiny Homes. Tiny homes offer another way of addressing affordable housing and homelessness. These discussion areas provide a forum where we can develop the ideas and strategies that can make Tiny Towns a reality. To become part of the discussion simply Join the Association (it's Free) and then get into the conversation on topics that interest you.
  1. Ed Peterson
  2. Sherlock Holmes
  3. Tiny Town Design
  4. Monday, 04 September 2017

This discussion area it to record the thoughts we can gather on amenities available in Tiny Towns. It is not so much for the function or design of the town (although there may be some crossover here), rather it is for the use of the citizens in our towns. Board members, please add your suggestions as responses, as responding using the comments functions may be lost over time. Remember these are ideas and will be based on the thoughts of the submitter. There are no right, wrong or crazy ideas, and putting them here is just the first step in their possible implementation. As we progress and the number of members and citizens grows, we will revisit these ideas and put them out in the form of surveys to determine which initiatives to pursue in which order. In most cases, each idea will be tested in the town with the most interest. 

  • unlimited high-speed internet (crossover point but important for all citizens)
  • general store, coffee shop, bakery
  • vegetable gardens
  • orchard
  • green house
  • flower gardens
  • apiary (bee keeping)
  • chickens, hens, goats, sheep
  • town hall (crossover point) as a meeting place for the town
  • a social center
  • fitness center
    • a gym
    • an aerobics center
    • an aquatics center
    • an ANW training center
    • skateboard park
  • walking, biking, snowshoe and X-country ski trails
  • a market (crossover point) town artisans sales, produce sales, baked goods sales, etc. which may be open the general public from the host city (should probably be located near the entrance to the town and maybe integrated with the town hall and admin center)
  • food processing center with some commercial equipment, communal use
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  1. Terry Beckman
  2. 2 years ago
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In addition to those items listed already, some other services could prove beneficial. A big one would be a health services centre of some sort: medical, dental, physio, nutrition, etc. Another service that would fit in well would be a type of mechanic/handyman, or a communal facility with space and tools where repair and maintenance work could be DIY.

If the town is not big enough to have dedicated services on location, it could be possible to arrange for service people to come on site on a regular basis (e.g., hair cuts in the Social Centre, Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings).
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Terry, all good suggestions! I think the local health services center would be especially good. The DIY tools center seems like a natural fit and I have been looking into a central community center. I think a lending type library, but for tools etc. would work great. I am also looking into a community outreach type program to provide different types of counseling services.

I am hoping with time, citizens would begin to provide services like haircuts/hair styling/nails, pedicures etc. As the town populations grow, the towns should be able to support a number of personal service type businesses.

Thanks for the great suggestions.

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As an additional thought. These things may be owned by the town (bees and beekeeping equipment comes to mind) and then they may be managed by a citizen or group. The group concept would allow the continued benefit to the town when a citizen chooses to relocate to another town. This can provide a number of benefits to citizens:

  • learning new skills that are transferable within the Tiny Town network
  • meeting the town volunteering requirements
  • paid hours
  • sharing in the profits generated by the asset
  • supporting the community initiative
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