Loveland is a micro-colony in Detroit, based on the concept of numerous people investing one dollar for each square inch of a plot of land. The original micro-colony, Plymouth, started by visionary artist Jerry Paffendorf, has since accumulated enough investors to fill up the entire 10,000 square-inch plot of land. Inchvestors, those that paid $1 for each square, are now in the development phase to devise plans for the land.
Since our Loveland article last December, Jerry sent us information about all the the significant progress that has been made. Updates include the initiation of a colony named Hello World, and an upcoming party with a $1 cover fee that includes a 1 inch plot of land so guests can leave as land-owners.
Loveland explains more about the new micro-colony:
We’ve started a new 50,000 square inch property called Hello World along with a narrative about building a virtual Bridge To Everywhere in Detroit that can reach anywhere (really a metaphor for the Internet, or the Inchernet as we call it). We went through appropriate city channels to try and purchase a specific lot for that but have been temporarily held up by who-knows-what city decision-making process, so the physical land for Hello World has yet to fully manifest. But that’s OK! It’s all part of the inchventure, and we promise to secure the land that people inchvest in as soon as we can. You can see some thoughts on what it means to be an inchvestor right here as the life of long-term life of LOVELAND plays out.