Saturday, March 05, 2005

Figure I: Ordinary Daily Maintenance Needs

Notes: These needs will vary significantly among people and this list is probably more complete than any one individual or group requires. Thus you may want to mark those that would be crucial for you, with the4 others left for weekly or monthly trips to a larger store or downtown or shopping center, or perhaps arranged to be delivered to your area.

Some needs are more crucial than others, and our approximate sense of this is generally reflected in the order of listing. Rarely will a residential area have all of them walkably. Those not available must be delivered or gotten in out-of-area shopping.

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UTILITIES, water, sewer, electricity, often trash and gas, delivered to the residential area. Only rare exceptions in sustainable communities.

FOOD in good range, preferably with produce and definitely more than a convenience store. Preferably small to medium supermarket.

DRUG STORE, PHARMACY over the counter drugs, prescriptions personal products for woman and for men.

DOLLAR STORE a la Woolworth but not WalMart size.

THRIFT SHOP

TAKE OUT AND DEPOSIT MONEY, Branch Bank, ATM??

TRAUMA CENTER, basic emergency medical services.

MAILING OUT AND RECEIVING MAIL, stamps…

OTHER?

• Store foir new or newer clothes, shoes, if not covered above;
• Water Store (buy water or refills);
• Wine, beer, if not in supermarket;
• Video rental (usually also secondhand sale) if not in supermarket;
• Hardware Store if Dollar Store doesn’t handle it well enough
• Cigarettes, tobacco, if not handled in any of above;
• Gas Station, as cars permitted at least for out-or-area travel  Mechanic on duty?
• Bus stop(?)
• Schools (if school age children)
• Library or library branch
• Bookshop
• Health food Store


LAUNDERETTE
RELIGIOUS OR SPIRITUAL CENTER (needn’t be large)
EATING PLACES (not fast food) / COFEE SHOP
BIKE REPAIR SHOP
PARKS

*Again, every list if different. Thus, some friends of mine had “newspaper office” and “hotel/motel/B&B” listed, with excellent justifications for these in terms of their needs.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Eagle said...

Where is Truth or Consequences? I never heard of it.
Eagle Ashcroft
Tea Ore Sea, NM

7:20 PM  

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