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Our own vintage town

Discussion in 'The Golden Era' started by johnnydnh, Sep 4, 2006.

  1. johnnydnh

    johnnydnh Familiar Face

    It has been mentioned in other threads and so I thought that it would be fun to try to work out some of the logistics of creating and maintaining our very own "Golden Era" town. Suppose that we assume that we already have the town and structures. What next?

    How many essential jobs would have to be performed?

    What sort of economic system would work best?

    What kinds of rules would we need?
  2. DancingSweetie

    DancingSweetie A-List Customer

    If I participated I would work for the town dentist as his assistant and running the front desk. Maybe Daisy would be our hygienist. Of course someone here would have to be a dentist.
  3. G. Fink-Nottle

    G. Fink-Nottle One of the Regulars

    I'd like to be the town Water Commissioner just like Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve.

    We'd need a police department, a fire department, garbagemen and a school system.

    A drug store/soda fountain would also be nice. I'd also like to see an independent department store.
  4. The Reno Kid

    The Reno Kid A-List Customer

    I'll work at the radio station.:)
  5. I think the ideal form of government would be patterned after the New England town meeting system. Many communities up here still follow this model -- a part-time Board of Selectmen is elected to formulate policy, sometimes with a hired Town Manager as a fulltime administrator, and once each year, the Board prepares a warrant containing, line by line, the town budget and any controversial matters needed attention. The entire voting population of the town then assembles in a school gym, a lodge hall, a rec center, or some such public building, and votes on the warrant line by line and item by item. These meetings often take the better part of a day, and every registered voter has the chance speak his or her piece from the floor on any matter under consideration.

    The Selectmen -- serving as the executive branch of the government -- are totally responsible to the townspeople, who act collectively as the legislative branch.

    I grew up with this system, and to this day I think it's the purest form of democracy that exists in the United States. And where it's still in use, it still works.

    Oh, and I'll work at the radio station too. And the movie theatre.
  6. Daisy Buchanan

    Daisy Buchanan My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Hey that's a great idea!!! You seem like a great lady to work with, and with the two of us taking care of "Our Little Town", everyone would have the cleanest, healthiest teeth. Very important for overall health of our neighbors.
    Of course, I would want to run the candy store during my free time:D
  7. Tony in Tarzana

    Tony in Tarzana My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Work at them? Trust me, you'll be running 'em. :)
  8. DancingSweetie

    DancingSweetie A-List Customer

    We would need a dry cleaner, a tailor, a butcher, bakery, an undertaker, a doctor and nurse, hardware store, mailman....... there would have to be a nightclub, a couple of restaurants besides the soda fountain......

    I nominate Wild Root as mayor.
  9. carebear

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    A jeweler and watch repair. Gunstore / smith / range. Tailors, hatters and a leatherworker / shoemaker. Shoeshine boy. Pool hall (WITH a capital "P" that rhymes with "T" :D ). A garage and gas station. Butcher / grocer. Telegram office. Telephone switchboard. Bank.

    The economic system would depend on the size, barter only works efficiently on a real small scale. I'd recommend a gold or silver standard currency rather than fiat money in any event.
  10. Mike in Seattle

    Mike in Seattle My Mail is Forwarded Here

    It Happened to Jane is one movie where they depicted pretty much what you describe. Anyone who hasn't seen the movie should. It's a hoot!
  11. DancingSweetie

    DancingSweetie A-List Customer

    Yes, Lizzie would definitely run the theatre and radio station. Tony what would you be doing?
  12. deanglen

    deanglen My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Just a gander at my avatar and you can guess what I'd be doing in the town!
  13. DancingSweetie

    DancingSweetie A-List Customer

    Yes deanglen, we would need your services.
  14. carebear

    carebear My Mail is Forwarded Here

    ba-dum bump. Thank you, she's here all week. Try the veal....

  15. Tony in Tarzana

    Tony in Tarzana My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Probably run the gas station with Wildroot.
  16. Mike in Seattle

    Mike in Seattle My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Office supply with an array of fountain pens & inks, accounting ledgers, typewriter ribbons, adding machine tape, stationery - both business & personal, probably a small printing press in the back. Oh yeah - gotta stock Moleskines! ;) Since drug store with lunch counter & soda fountain was mentioned, I'll add a diner to the list. Music store (sheet music, instruments) which would also probably sell records and radios. Haberdasher for the higher quality shirts & ties you couldn't find at the department store. Town square with a bandstand. Car dealer. Streetcar.

    What else is "Vintageville" lacking?
  17. carebear

    carebear My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Good call on the square with bandstand. :eusa_clap

    How about a lake on the outskirts for fishing and boating with a bathing beach and pavilion.

    A law office for wills and such. Courthouse with JP and flagpole. A hoosegow for when Saturday night gets a bit out of hand. An air raid siren. A mortician / cemetary. A library (who's the Marion... librarian volunteer?) A monument to fallen heroes in the square.

    Someplace will need to have a smoke-filled back room for various misdeeds like poker games or the playing of stag films.

    A spooky old house on one of the streets and "haunted Indian caves" outside town.
  18. A hotel, just across from the railroad station, with crusty local characters loafing around the lobby, an officious desk clerk, and a snappy-talking bellhop who knows all the local gossip.
  19. Viola

    Viola Call Me a Cab

    Needs a couple restaurants, a florist, and some push-carts, I believe.
  20. carebear

    carebear My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Old fashioned streetlights to flicker on at dusk (and for swinging around while singing and dancing). :)

    A wooden Indian in front of the 5 and Dime.

    A 5 and Dime.

    A tobacconist for cigarettes, cigars and pipes for those who indulge. A package store for the other big vice.

    At least one newsstand.

    If we get big enough, a streetcar.

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