How to stop living in the mud

    Dirt, puddles, dog stool everywhere, litter around - a typical picture of the Moscow courtyard. Knee-deep in Mr., you don’t go home through the dark alleys, which are scary to enter.

    There is no and no hope for the government and officials - they just don’t need to equip anything anymore, they took care of themselves. And alone you can improve only some very small details.

    On the other hand, there are not so few people around who also want the environment in which they live to cease to cause disgust and despondency. And some of them are even willing to invest in this time or money.

    The question is how to unite these people, how to make a tight rope weave from thin strings. Having joined forces and having ceased to think that someone owes us something besides ourselves, we can take the initiative into our own hands.

    Based on map-api, you can make such a service. There is a map of the city, problems can be noted on the map, for example, potholes in the asphalt, lack of lighting, shredded lawn, etc. A person can see the problems in his habitat and say how much he is willing to invest in solving this problem.

    Contractors look at what problems are how many people are willing to spend money, and if an interesting amount is accumulated, put up their commercial proposal. Further, the site administration considers the proposal, collects money, interacts with the contractor to solve the problem. At the same time taking away the percentage of money received. All reporting, cost estimates and results should be open. If the contractor or administration fails, others are selected. If they manage, they get new and new orders from other areas.

    That is, the site administration and contractors will earn money, and those who take off will receive a well-groomed and safe living environment.

    In fact, it turns out a system of voluntary taxation. Naturally, people pay taxes and so on, and all of the above should work without the initiative of citizens, but if you expect that it will work and the officials will begin to work honestly, you can live in mud all your life.

    Moreover, not everyone living in the area will pay for the improvement, but reaping its fruits (or even ruining them) is all. A reasonable question: will we pay, but will they use it for free? It turns out that way. But then again, what is more important: to live in a normal environment or not to allow neighbors to live in it for free?

    As I imagine examples of typical scenarios.

    For instance. At the high-rise building where you live a dull lawn, dogs walk on it, throw garbage, trample the grass. In an apartment building an average of 100-200 apartments. If 30% of people throw off 1,000 rubles each, it’s 30-60 tons. This amount is enough to buy lawn grass and for the whole summer hire a janitor who will clean the lawn from garbage and dog shit, cut it, etc.

    If you expand the idea to the entire area, then you can hire a separate janitor with the money collected , and an organization that will be happy to monitor all the lawns in the area. And at the same time you will receive well-groomed territories throughout the district, and not only in front of your house, but if it costs one person it will be the same.

    Okay, with the lawn, everything is just more or less. But what to do with the roads? They are municipal property, and for their self-relocation it is possible to get rid of problems, since this is illegal?

    But nothing prevents to raise money, to hire an organization that knows how to properly lay roads, and let them order these works in the corresponding municipal organization, but at the same time ensure the quality of their implementation. Everyone will receive money, no one is offended, everyone is happy.

    Or you have a bunch of unlit plots on your way home. We also resolve this issue with the help of municipalities. Moreover, for a monthly fee, you can agree with the police station or private security on patrolling sections of the route from parking lots and public transport zones to entrances.

    In general, the scheme is simple:
    Identification of problems;
    Accumulation of money supply;
    Selection of a contractor;
    Quality control.

    That is, everything that the municipal structures should provide in a good way. But qualitatively and on their own.

    I understand that the idea is perhaps naive and idealistic. Therefore, I really want to hear your opinion in the comments.


    PS: The idea of ​​the service was inspired by reading the post nickmitin :

    UDP: Horzerus in the comments provided a link to a video with Artemy Lebidev, in which he covers the problem of the "comfort zone":

    Perhaps, in fact, people who do not care about the environment in which they live units.

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