July 18, 2016
To my mind, a city can be called a private city when it meets the following conditions:
- it is “owned” by a private company or a consortium of companies on perpetual lease from the main territory in which it is located.
- the city’s territory is ultimately owned by the territorial government. Allocating this land to the city on lease does not involve forcible acquisition of land from existing private residents. If any private residents already live there, their land is purchased by the private city. In any event, no coercion is used.
- security of territory is assured by the territorial government
- the lease agreement contains a commercial quid pro quo, e.g. a share of “revenues” raised by the private city.
- all other institutions of the are designed privately, not imposed by the territorial government.
As far as I can see, there is no private city in the world today. Jamshedpur perhaps started off as a private city but I’ve not had time to investigate. In any event, it is not a private city today.
Here is a stocktake of some related efforts. I’ve not had time to study/list all of them, so this will remain a placeholder post.
Greater Springfield, Ipswich (Brisbane)
- the concept explained by Paul Romer
- a talk by Joe Quirk
The key idea behind seasteading is that governments will not permit private cities on land, so the cities must be started in the sea.
LEAP-zones (e.g. in Honduras)
LEAP Zones: Faster growth with less conflict -by Michael Klein July 12, 2013
There Are No Peasants Here: Honduras’ brave new economic experiment is buoying an era of development by kicking poor farmers off their land. BY LAUREN CARASIKOCTOBER 23, 2015