"With public employee unions under attack in states like Wisconsin, and with cities across the country looking to trim budgets, behold a town built almost entirely on a series of public-private partnerships — a system that leaders around here refer to, simply, as “the model.”" - NYTimes
Sandy Springs, Georgia. Go ahead, do the search.
Where would a member of a private city run on contracts to private companies go to find information like that resident in a public library? Is the 'pubic' library in the neighbouring town providing service? How does that work?
Here's what is written in the 'Newcomers Guide' to the Sandy Springs community about the Library:
"The Atlanta-Fulton Library System serves residents of Sandy Springs with a local library." my note: this branch operates 7 days a week!)
Atlanta-Fulton County Library System web site for the Sandy Springs Branch.
If this is the future; and this is the present, then I'm getting pretty nervous. There is real and present support for this model of living in the "United" States of America and in Canada (there is a blog I won't give mention to in print that loudly supports the Canadian dream of the tea party ideal- including this private city.)
Included in our webinar for SOLS - Building a New Library, Taking the Lead - is a talking point under the topic 'Trends', "the gap between the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ will continue to widen in our lifetime, on a global scale." Sandy Springs,GA, a contracted community, is an example of that widening that reinforces my decision to add that subject to our presentation.
Here's an interesting statistic: from the income, earnings and wages data.
Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $442,100 (it was $316,600 in 2000)