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Drop City Revisited

Walt Odets. “Drop City Revisited.” In Richard Fairfield, Ed., Utopia U.S.A. San Francisco: Alternatives Foundation, 1972.

Walt Odets describes the terrible summer heat, the hapless tourists, and the peace the community found in their domed world set against bright Colorado sunsets.

Drop City Revisited

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DROP CITY
Drop City, so named for Droppers, a group of friends who amused themselves by “throwing cans of garbage and water and balloons out the windows” in Kansas City, grew on a remote patch of southeastern Colorado beginning in May, 1965. Its credo states:

pixel.gif We are trying to be instruments of the cosmic forces working within the order of nature. We believe that earth, air, fire, and water belong to everyone and can’t be bought or sold, or owned. We are total revolutionaries; we are free men living equally with free creatures in a free universe.

The story of Drop City will never end. It’s the story of man on the road to be free.

Inspired and encouraged by Buckminster Fuller, the Droppers build geodesic domes from trashed automobile hoods and roofs.

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