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Saturday, August 22, 2015
Connecting The Industrial Dots Of Neighborhood Based Economic Revitalization
Industrial Neighborhood Symmetry
Mike Patrick Dahlke
In 1937, the US Congress enacted legislation establishing Standard Industrial Classification or S.I.C. The purpose of this legislation was to create a system that would enable both industry and government to keep track of stuff – and in particular – industrial stuff.
As the term “industrial stuff” can quite possibly mean anything, in this particular case, industrial stuff meant everything. That is everything that could possibly go into the making of anything, was in fact, going to be kept track of via this S.I.C. System.
While there were several reasons for the establishment of S.I.C., clearly the most important was to enable our domestic economy the ability not to be victimized by the fact that before this system was established, there was really no way to determine who was making what in America and as a result, little to no way to quantify any aspect of anything even remotely related to either nationwide industrial production or profit. Coming off the heals of The Great Depression, establishment of S.I.C. was then crucial to our nation's sustained and historic period of remarkable industrial and economic growth after The Great Depression. As this sense of symmetry most certainly created an American industrial machine that was unsurpassed by any other industrial nation in the world, in the process, that same symmetry enabled allied nation's worldwide the capacity for economic expansion that was and has been quite extraordinary since then.
Whereas all of this classification stuff has been enormously beneficial to America ever since S.I.C. was first established, and, in fact S.I.C. was expanded and upgraded significantly by that same US Congress again in 1992 to become N.A.I.C.S., our current North American Industrial Classification System is again ripe for renewal and upgrading. Due primarily to the fact that there have been enormous levels of new industrial innovation in virtually every business sector, quite simply, we are today in pretty much the same situation we were in in 1937. Knowing full well that an entire system of new industrial dots must be connected to an equally new grid on which these dots must be placed, we are not only expanding the scope of NAICS , but the grid work or structural framework, or, infrastructure from which all this new stuff can be allowed to flourish “for the good of all”.
As what is at stake here is essentially the continued growth of a thriving industrial economy, the very reason our economy today in 2015 is simply not thriving is directly associated with why it collapsed in 1929, took until 1937 to re blueprint and all the way into the 1950s before we as a nation found ourselves collectively comfortable with the fact that we could say “things economically were fine”. It simply takes an entire society a fair amount of time to grasp the notion that change in industry is also change in thinking. To put this into perspective, at one point in time, it was considered that for change to become fully absorbed into a society, almost a century of time would pass before something would be considered as “a normal industrial function” of a society. As a case in point here might be characterized as the amount of time a village of people would walk down to the river to get drinking water, bathe and wash clothes clashing with the amount of time it would take to run pipes from the river up into the homes those people lived in. Being altogether bewildered by the concept of not walking down to the river for water and instead simply opening a valve to of all things a kitchen sink, the question ultimately came down to “what on earth are all of those village people going to do with the extra time on their hands?”
Unfortunately today, we are in the same boat virtually everywhere in our nation. If we are not doing what it is that we have been doing for so long any longer, what on earth should we be doing instead?
As my particular response to this question would be to once again go down to the river to fetch a pail of water and on the return trip, revisit all the stops along the way we have inadvertently overlooked since the time house plumbing became the norm, the moment we do this, is then the moment we find new ways to fill our time, fill our water buckets, continue to fulfill our obligations of living with and nurturing the land, and, make money from the land in an entirely new way in the process. As essentially, everything we do in life is entirely connected to the land we do it on, I would suggest a new urban tribalism is emerging and has been emerging for the greater part of the past fifty years. Having said this, and if it is true that it takes a society 100 years to fully grasp a whole and contemporary industrial portrait, Industrial Symmetry as it is defined here in 2015, is not only ready to become mainstream, but, does in fact, now, today, simply need to be tweaked so that the masses grasp the whole social framework of that symmetry in precisely the same manner such industrial symmetry was grasped in the 1950s.
Whereas all of this sounds wonderful, the problem of grasping the notion of change today in 2015 America is really not connected with the ability the masses have to do so. Instead it has to do with undoing the informational infrastructure that has been created for the masses by the same Congress that at one point in time drafted legislation designed to help the masses. With it being very much common knowledge that Uncle Sam has become nothing more than an endless paper trail, one that is nothing more than a self perpetuating sea of constantly drowning documentarians, our overall American Industrial Symmetry has been entirely set aside by this demoralizing and dysfunctional institutional laziness. If an administrator has a problem, draft a problem correction notice, publish it, draft a problem correction notice response form, publish it. To ad infinitum such nonsense has allowed, what can at best, only be loosely defined as the educated attempting to impose regulation on the stupid, without the educated being exposed to anything other than the hopelessly redundant habit of writing sophomoric college essays, the educated in America have simply lost the 21st century industrial writing contest to Russia, India and China thus far.
Startling as the comment above may sound, the question, the singular question staring our nation in the face today is “Where on Earth is Our Non Legislative Oriented Leadership not actually leading us to?”
As the answer to the above question is clearly beyond the scope of anyone in Washington, the masses leaderless are left quite unfortunately with only now today 5 gallon empty buckets of drywall finishing compound to carry water from the next door neighbor's house whose municipal water main connection has yet to rot away. Waiting clearly for some form of 21st century green industrial light to suddenly appear over the dome of our nation's capital, instead we hear idiots from one party rambling about global warming and idiots from another preparing yet again to declare we are about to be attacked by an enemy that for all practical purposes is most likely building military installations on melting icebergs that that party doesn't believe are melting to begin with?
Help, for the love of industrial common sense, where on earth has our work on the growth of a truly comprehensive 21st century mixed energy, industrial growth policy gone off to? Fifty years now of developing a remarkable host of new energy technologies that our global competitors are rapidly advancing on and we sit channeling our economic resources to such things as funding homeless shelters, or, how about the funding of cute little urban organic garden clubs, an endless array of federally funded urban food pantries, all of which are located in neighborhoods filled with street after street of useless and crumbling residential dwellings occupied by useless and crumbling welfare recipients whose only real life educational training is benchmarked by their ability to latch on to Uncle Sam's now fifty year old welfare based paper trail?
Yes, of course this is all true, and in the minds of those who somehow operate without a guilty conscious over the fact that such activity is in fact directly related to the social climate that permeated America in the 1920s prior to the Great Depression, they are essentially operating under a social premise or doctrine of narcissist enlightenment that only states that the discussion of Industrial Symmetry as opposed to the wholesale incorporation of sound economic industrial growth policy will suffice. While everybody again waits for some form of Green Energy Go Signal from Washington, both political parties in Washington can pretty much rest knowing that while on one side of the aisle there sits a delegation devoted to raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour in 2015, on the other side is a delegation of virtually mum morons who can't conceive of a wage at all. Eventually then, as if either by magic or the hands of God, all of this nonsense will result in something that is actually measurable either in free and unhindered independent industrial wage growth or equally measured by free and independent and economically sound industrial growth both of which would be the preferable and historic, and, of course, rational market driven economic norm.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, there is the issue of the five gallon water vessel, how to fill it, what to fill it with and why on earth it is crucial to our nation's overall industrial growth policy that in fact we do.
As “back at the ranch” is but a euphemism for a broad and comprehensive nationwide network of crumbling urban and rural neighborhoods, all of which are virtually devoid of either new energy technologies or new energy jobs, the neighborhoods are in fact the epic center from which Industrial Symmetry must unfold. There is simply no other place on America's plot of earth to begin this broad based economic re fertilization than the neighborhood. The old electrical transmission wires are there. The old gas lines are there. The old water and sewer lines are there. The old telephone lines are still there. The old alleyways are still there. The old streets are still there. The old garbage service is still there. The old US Mail service is still there. The old police and fire protection district is still there. In fact everything except the old industries that built the original neighborhood is still there and virtually every aspect of these old entities is pure and ancient industrial junk that has virtually no market valuation left to squeeze any form of profit from any longer.
So yes, let's just say we start at the neighborhood level with this whole 21st century Industrial Symmetry thing, and, in doing so, place a negative financial valuation quite honestly on each and every junk neighborhood anywhere in America. Stating first off that there is virtually no benchmark valuation point to an entire neighborhood might sound a bit extreme, but, if looked upon in the right manner, the moment a neighborhood's financial evaluation is zero, is also the moment it is freed from the federal paper trail Uncle Sam created in the first place that turned the economy of the neighborhood to zero to begin with.
If you think about the above statements for a moment, and, in turn you think about a neighborhood that is virtually free of any form of regulation, tax burden or other debilitating and redundant regulatory insanity, a certain sense of remarkable calm might unfold in your mind. As it does, and it does in somewhat of a surprisingly organic manner, the very first thought that would probably come into your mind is more than likely going to be that you are getting thirsty and would like a glass of water.
But, why on earth would you want to have any old glass of water, especially when considering the fact that that is all you have had for several decades?
The question now becomes pipes.
Having talked with all of your neighbors, everyone has agreed upon the notion that new pipes are needed for new water. And as the discussion unfolds, other things related to water come up in the conversation. Such things as a local filtration system to clean the water again after it has already been cleaned once by the larger water supply and filtration district. Why this is a good idea is that the much older and much more ancient system is just that, old and ancient and it supports the income of people whose business it is to make paper trails for their Uncle Samuel. Keeping the filtration of water local then, simply keeps the new paper trail local as well as it keeps it basic and simple and controlled entirely by the people who actually drink the water and of course pay the water bill.
Now that the supply water situation has been dealt with, the waste water situation must be next.
Again, realizing the fact that the neighborhood is valueless, people who live in the neighborhood must not only fix everything that is wrong, but do so for the much larger purpose of putting together a comprehensive neighborhood reinvestment plan that has as a benchmark starting point, a comprehensive water utility plan that when combined with all other plans can simply be packaged in a loan document handed to the local banker for his local approval.
At any rate, back to the waste water Industrial Symmetry discussion thing.
Waste water is of course a combination of human waste, food waste, car washing and laundry washing waste and lawn and garden watering run off. As it is, waste water then is not at all waste water but instead a commodity that when utilized to its fullest extent, has a financial value that can be placed upon its many individual industrial assets. Thus human waste directed to the proper treatment facility becomes something other than human waste. In the same breath, food waste and all other wastes associated with water do the same meaning that within the discussion of installing new pipes, there is more than likely going to be more new pipes than old pipes and the new pipes are going to be connected to gadgets that are part of a neighborhood's whole Industrial Symmetry.
Now this is not to say that the new pipes will take up more space than the old pipes, nor is it to say that the new pipes will not need to be maintained, it is simply stating that as each new pipe is installed to deal with each new function taking place inside of that pipe, new maintenance technologies will be attached to the system the pipe itself is attached to. As a result, we have created a new waste water infrastructure model dealing with the specific waste water needs of a given neighborhood. In turn, we have created the need for an industrial education model that for again, all practical purposes cannot possibly be brought forward if in fact it is not done so at the neighborhood level. As this working in reverse formula for industrial urban renewal might seem to be something that historically would be considered as working in reverse of accepted nationwide industrial application methodology, the point here is really quite simple – we as a nation have clearly evolved our technologies to the point where big industrial thought is simply not a viable alternative to great industrial thought.
As the problem here is that of establishing necessary authority over industrial thought, again establishing the basis of that authority from within a neighborhood setting, simply integrates that authority quite smoothly into the overall land use policy established by the neighborhood based, industrial management public utility authority which is of course anchored to overall neighborhood based, environmental whole health management.
Taking this proactive Industrial Symmetry management philosophy one industrial step further along, simply look at the use of water and its interaction with food waste. Once that interaction is fully identified, yet another set of industrial functions emerge and do so with the same need of cooperative based regulation.
Specifically to this food waste (and what initially would be) fresh water interaction model, is the notion of preparing a family meal and the interaction of the prepared foods that will undoubtedly come into industrial contact with the kitchen sink.
You are now at the kitchen sink sipping a glass of wine, engaged in a conversation about global warming while holding a head of cabbage in your free hand, As the conversation becomes more engaging and the head of cabbage becomes heavier in one hand than the glass of wine in the other, the conversation takes a sudden turn away from global warming and towards heads of cabbage. With a stew pot and a faucet close at hand, you grab both of these industrial gadgets and begin to fill the stew pot with fresh water from the kitchen faucet (now attached to new pipes). Once filled, the pot is transported to the far corner of the kitchen counter only to be set for twenty four hours as it begins the industrial process of being transformed into sauerkraut. In the process of cooking the family dinner, another pot is grabbed, filled with water and placed to boil in the stove top. As this is being done, out come the fresh veggies, the cutting board and paring knife and chop away you go. As the water comes to a boil, fresh pasta is placed into the pot while cut veggies begin to stack up next to the kitchen sink. Whereas in the old industrial world we once lived in the cut veggies would be placed into a colander and rinsed with the freshwater coming from the kitchen faucet, in the new world of Industrial Symmetry, this process has been modified so that the rinsed vegetable water does not go down the kitchen drain and into the municipal waste water system.
In fact, when everything about the preparation of the evening meal has been accomplished, there remains roughly three gallons of what is now referred to as “recyclable veggie water”. As the following night there will be an additional gallon of “recyclable spinach veggie water” added to the new collection of waste water, there of course, is the need to put the stuff into some sort of a containment vessel that will have the need to be accessed and drained on somewhat of a frequent basis. Whereas the disposal of this water was once relegated to the kitchen sink and forgotten, needless to say, such practices led to the deterioration of the original industrial pipes to begin with. Short of installing an entire bank of new kitchen sinks into a home that has limited room to do so, draining the now new Industrially Symmetrical veggie waste water into the kitchen sink once again is again okay as beneath that kitchen sink is a set of new pipes that directs the veggie water into the vessel that will need to be drained somewhat frequently.
But, again as veggie water is now a new commodity more than capable of being utilized in new industrial sectors, the question becomes, what exactly are those industrial sectors. Two in particular come readily to mind, the first of course is utilizing the veggie waste water in the family's organic garden. If this were the case, then a task specific veggie waste water spigot would have to be attached to the storage vessel which in turn would be utilized to attach the garden veggie waste water hose, which in turn would be utilized to get the waste water from the vessel to the garden where the cabbage grows. Taking into consideration the fact that perhaps not everyone is a gardener, there is more than a better chance that most everyone does at one point or another, cook pasta. Thus veggie waste water transportation becomes yet another industrial entity more than capable of being sustained if and only if such transport is retained within the boundaries of the neighborhood it has been created in. Whereas transportation of waste water in a past industrial era more than likely involved the outfitting of a 500 gallon tank upon the chassis of a two ton truck, in the Industrial Symmetry of our new neighborhood urban transport model, the few gallons of veggie based waste water accumulated on a weekly basis from all of the neighbors, much more than likely could be handled by a very light weight and alternative fuel powered vehicle that simply travels up and down the alleyways to collect this veggie waste water on a regularly scheduled route.
Now that the veggie waste water dilemma has been solved, shower, bath and laundry gray waste water is next along with the water utilized to clean any and all types of stuff that is stored in the family garage (cars, bicycles, seasonal lawn furniture, garden tools, pet stuff, and, of course, the occasional bloodied hatchet. Not long ago in our industrial past there was a device that took care of all of this type of water. Called a cistern, the function of this non mechanical device was to simply store this type of water usually underground within either a field stone based or poured concrete based containment vessel. With the purpose of storing this water being the eventual use of it for watering the family garden, needless to say, in today's model of Industrial Symmetry this concept is clearly once again a quite viable industrial entity if, and, only if it is incorporated into the whole neighborhood industrial model.
With the addition of a broad host of advanced water filtration technologies combined with the addition of an equally broad host of both water metering and distribution technologies, combined collectively within the geographical and socioeconomic footprint of a neighborhood, a vast host of larger environmental issues are solved while at the same time a sophisticated network of new educational parameters, job categories and sustainable business models emerge as well.
If you have been paying attention to what is being stated in this essay, then you will have to remember that this essay is benchmarked on the need to once again redefine and re blueprint what was in 1937 established by Congress as a prerequisite for continued American domestic and global economic prosperity. As in 1937 S.I.C. was established to thoroughly document every industrial function known to our America in 1992, N.A.I.C.S. was established in the 1990s for precisely the same reason, to circumvent entirely the slightest chance of what historically accounted for the events leading up to The Great Depression. As these events were a combination of both social arrogance and a remarkable lack of knowledge of what was actually being manufactured in our America back then, the very same reality remains overwhelmingly real in our domestic American economic model in particular today in 2015. As it is, taking the fathomable responsibility to declare our neighborhoods financially insolvent then offers up the possibility of a largely unheard of outcome, which in fact is, there is virtually no reason whatsoever for them to be so.
With a new Industrial Symmetry model, all forms of existing regulatory nonsense simply gets logically disbursed into a broader network of attainable industrial function that has at its core, actual economic movement. Needing quite obviously dynamic regulatory constraints, from within the neighborhood industrial revitalization model, the mystery of those constraints is no longer hidden from view by those who actually live and are supposed to be able to work once again in those neighborhoods. As I have addressed the rather simple functions of fresh water supply and waste water reclamation in this essay thus far, a multitude of new neighborhood industrial functions are left to be addressed. One in particular is the application of residential solar power into the broader regional and national public electric utility grid.
At the present time, residential solar electric generation is largely considered to be well on its way to becoming a standardized public electric utility model that both new solar start ups and historic electric utility providers are agreeing to the eventual full integration of. This being the case, this combined electric energy sector can only do one thing which is to provide electricity to residential and commercial as well as industrial consumers of electricity via a network of electric utility providers. But just as water and waste water management can only provide a portion of the municipal water infrastructure needs of a home, both water and electric can only provide a small part of the whole retrofitting needs of that same home as well as the larger retrofitting needs of an entire neighborhood of homes. Having said this, transportation re blueprinting, natural gas retrofitting to accommodate both residential housing needs and transportation needs is equally a part of this broader neighborhood industrial redevelopment dialogue. In the same breath, the use of new and fully integrated reuse of old building materials, the movement in and out of neighborhoods of those materials, the collective rewiring of residential dwellings, the collective re piping of those same dwellings, the establishment of a broad host of medical services into those communities, the establishment of micro-agricultural development within those communities?
As again, “back at the ranch” is but a euphemism for a broad and comprehensive nationwide network of crumbling urban and rural neighborhoods, all of which are virtually devoid of either new energy technologies or new energy jobs, the neighborhoods are in fact the epic center from which Industrial Symmetry must unfold. There is simply no other place on America's plot of earth to begin this broad based economic re fertilization than the neighborhood. The old electrical transmission wires are there. The old gas lines are there. The old water and sewer lines are there. The old telephone lines are still there. The old alleyways are still there. The old streets are still there. The old garbage service is still there. The old US Mail service is still there. The old police and fire protection district is still there. In fact, everything except the old industries that built the original neighborhood is still there and virtually every aspect of these old entities is pure and ancient industrial junk that has virtually no market valuation left to squeeze any form of profit from any longer.
Having repeated above what I stated earlier, essentially, providing advanced electrical generation and water use management technologies into a community from within only the historical framework of traditional utility provider ship without establishing the framework from which all other industrial entities must thrive is more or less redundant.
What is not redundant however is the establishment of building codes that essentially serve as highly task specific, industrial based educational starting points from which dialogues about the future use of such services as police and fire protection are fully redefined. If in fact a solar electric array can be placed on a residential dwelling and in the process, the entire electric provider grid becomes that much more capable of neighborhood based electric utility based provider ship management, within that same framework, solar based emergency egress lighting built into residential hallways to facilitate the escape from a burning building after the power has been shut off, simply provides, through the proper residential building code statement, the means from which battery back up solar powered auxiliary lighting becomes yet another Industrially Symmetric based neighborhood business service provided by neighborhood electrical service contractors.
As again the point of this whole essay is the overarching need we in America have today to redefine and wholly re categorize a broad host of industrial functions that for all practical purposes are floating entirely free of the highly disciplined purpose of establishing nationwide industrial code classification in the first place, the only real place from which such application can be applied is our American neighborhood.
Thanks for stopping by.
Mike Patrick Dahlke
Please visit some of my other essays.
Please visit some of my other essays.