Soliciting ideas: I might have the means to cooperatively acquire a 3 acre "unusable" piece of land. It's in the middle of the city in a deep valley that floods with no easy access by road and nowhere to conveniently park nearby. It has a very nice stream and lake taking up approximately half of it and it's heavily forested. Is there a way we could generate revenue with it somehow that we could donate? Using it to grow things comes to mind, but access for getting goods in and out is a problem.
The Silver Comet Trail (long distance bike trail) is nearby, it would be difficult but not impossible to connect it if we could convince other property owners to allow for easements. Maybe put a tiny home on it and rent it out as a nice place for bikers to stay the night and donate the profits to the trail foundation? Connecting it may prove impossible though.
I say "in the middle of the city". It's in an industrial area just outside the city, but the point is there is a major road bordering it on one side, factories or warehouses or something on two sides, and train tracks on the other side. It is surrounded by city like things, but is a tiny forested patch that feels completely isolated when you're down there!
@sam what is the deal with access, both physically and legally?
Guess can improve physical access (build a walkway / stairway)
Having trees means you've got materials that could be used to start building stuff with.
@dazinism Stairs could be done from the sidewalk, but it would be *very* long and steep and expensive, so still not great. There's definitely no way to build road access. We would buy it if we can think of something to do with it, so access would be legal (although I'm not above just using it and hoping we get away with it for 18 years then claiming squatters rights, but that's probably not likely to happen).
Thinking of stuff I've seen in Lloyd Khan books (I don't think Shelter, but later books)
guess you could maybe make it easier / exciting by using zip lines to get people /stuff down?
Also maybe rope & pulleys to get stuff out?
Sounds like its likely to be quite a project, but the topography could make for a really special/unusual place to hang out.
@dazinism maybe that's the whole product; you just sell zipline rides to random people walking by on the sidewalk!
Theres a business that took off massively here during the last 10-15 years, many of them all over the country, it's called 'Go Ape'
They set up a big circuit of aerial walkways up in the trees also zip lines & stuff.
@dazinism that would be awesome if only there was an actual way to get to this land easily. Although the views might not be great from up there due to factories on either side. Although jokes aside, I keep thinking there has to be something legit we could do with cheap "unusable" land that would involve repeated returns that could be donated or put to some good use. Maybe I'm just wrong though.
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