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Get your dollar inches in Detroit and online, inchvest in the project (and our new grant program!), and make cool stuff happen! Read more

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This project was successfully funded on April 12, 2010.

Get your dollar inches in Detroit and online, inchvest in the project (and our new grant program!), and make cool stuff happen!

Detroit, MI Video Games
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Welcome to the LOVELAND dollar inch store!

[Quick note for those who've been following along: 140 new and returning inchvestors have already brought us 2,500 inches into our season 2 goal of 50,000 inches, and the pre-season 2 animated mini-fantasy, "The Legend of The Ghost Inches", will be continued soon with a (dare we say, and you'd never suspect) *surprising* climax that depends partially on what happens in this round, and which snaps back to reality while introducing the virtual bridge to everywhere we're building in season 2 -- you can see part 1of that here and part 2 here.]

The way this works is simple. For every dollar you inchvest in this project by clicking the green Back This Project button on the upper right-hand side, you'll get a square inch of land in Detroit, Michigan, and you'll be able to log into your land online. For example, give $24 and get 24 inches, give $144 and get a square foot. So far 700 people have inchvested in 13,000 inches. That's a lot of neighbors in such a small place in such a big city! We've got a real inchventure on our hands, folks.

Right now we're transitioning from our humblest origins to LOVELAND season 2 which will see the installation of a grid on, Plymouth, the first 10,000 square inch property, a new 50,000 square inch property called Hello World (where the inches from this round will go), new online interactivity, grants for other projects in Detroit (1/2 of your inchvestment will go to 7 great projects in Detroit and the other 1/2 will go to making LOVELAND awesomer and awesomer), and an accompanying story about the construction of Bridge To Everywhere. Join the Facebook group for updates: http://facebook.com/makeloveland.

Things you should know: Your inches are not legally binding with the city of Detroit so you won't have to worry about things like paying taxes or other legal implications. The way this works is LOVELAND legally owns the property and is extending social ownership to its inchvestors. We take this very seriously at the same time as we have a lot of fun with it. You will be able to visit the property, create on your space, and follow and interact with it and your new neighbors via the website. You can also gift or sell inches to other people.

Final note: LOVELAND is entirely inchvestor funded so if you think this is cool stuff, please point your friends and communities this way! No inchvestment is too small or too large. Inches may be small, but they scale up beautifully. :)

For all other questions please contact Jerry Paffendorf at 908-343-1981 or jerry[at]makeloveland[dot]com or Mary Carter at 734-552-2438 or mary[at]makeloveland[dot]com.

Some recent project press:
Australian Public Radio interview


NPR All Things Considered audio and transcript: Inchvesting In Detroit: A Virtual Realty


Boing Boing: Buy An Inch of Land In Detroit

Check out some LOVELAND inchvestor blogs here:

http://marylorenecarter.tumblr.com
http://1000inchesinloveland.blogspot.com
http://projectlemonbattery.com
http://100squirrels.com
http://7billionfriends.com

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    Pledge $1 or more

    5 backers

    One square inch of land in Detroit for each dollar you inchvest! Starting as a ghost inch and materializing on land in the spring.

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    Pledge $12 or more

    15 backers

    12 square inches of land in Detroit plus a one square inch ghost deed (different than the season 1 golden deeds) with a magnifying glass will be mailed to you, *PLUS* you'll have the ability to say "I've got 12 inches in Detroit" with a straight face! Do not underestimate the value of this.

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    Pledge $25 or more

    1 backer

    25 inches in Detroit, all the above, plus a mailed Detroit Ice Potato or Detroit Ice Lemon (comes unfrozen with googly eyes, a heart, and a blue plastic cup for easy filling and freezing -- have fun :))

  • You selected
    Pledge $50 or more

    2 backers

    50 inches in Detroit, all the above, plus a mailed "I've Got Inches In Detroit!" shirt or Detroit Ice Potato shirt: http://crazycompany.spreadshirt.com

  • You selected
    Pledge $144 or more

    1 backer

    144 inches in Detroit, all the above, plus membership in the Square Foot Club (name your square foot prominently on the site)

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    Pledge $500 or more

    0 backers

    500 inches in Detroit, all the above, plus your own Neighborhood that you can name and administrate (name your property on the site, and have access to tools for giving your inches to other people, place them on a map, etc)

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    Pledge $1,000 or more

    0 backers

    1,000 inches in Detroit, all the above, but your neighborhood becomes a mega neighborhood with special mystery features (that we're open to work with you on -- see the website of the first 1,000 inch owner at http://1000inchesinloveland.blogspot.com. Hi Rita! :D)

Funding period

- (15 days)