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Towns giving away villas... can't find that thread

Please could someone help me find an old thread?

It was about various towns in several countries (I think), where the local government was giving away properties which had been under-used.

Some of them would have required a great deal of financing, e.g. centuries old castle, to renovate, but others were more realistic, just located in areas which hoped to encourage people to re-populate the region.

I'd like to add a link to the thread, which I think is related, though of course I'd first like to re-read that thread to check. I've just not succeeded in finding it.

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Re: Towns giving away villas... can't find that thread

It has happened in many places in both Spain and Italy. Possibly other countries too.

If I remember correctly, at the height of the crisis in Detroit, the city was selling off plots of land after they had cleared away decrepit buildings for as little as 100 dollars. The condition being that you actually did something with that land.
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Re: Towns giving away villas... can't find that thread

Yes. And we had a thread about that, I think. We must have done, surely. If I didn't read about it here on EF, however else would I have heard of it?
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Please could someone help me find an old thread?

It was about various towns in several countries (I think), where the local government was giving away properties which had been under-used.

Some of them would have required a great deal of financing, e.g. centuries old castle, to renovate, but others were more realistic, just located in areas which hoped to encourage people to re-populate the region.

I'd like to add a link to the thread, which I think is related, though of course I'd first like to re-read that thread to check. I've just not succeeded in finding it.

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So you are going to move there?
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So you are going to move there?
Well no. But I need a Summer retreat!
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Well no. But I need a Summer retreat!
Well, the idea is not to provide summer retreats for overprivileged Swiss residents, but to find a system that would stimulate local development and repopulation of certain places. You'd have to live there, renovate those villas, invest in the local economy.

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Well, the idea is not to provide summer retreats for overprivileged Swiss residents, but to find a system that would stimulate local development and repopulation of certain places.

But I am an impoverished Schweizer. I guess if it was Monte Carlo I might be interested.
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Re: Towns giving away villas... can't find that thread

There was this thread

https://www.englishforum.ch/housing-...ent-offer.html
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But I am an impoverished Schweizer
How is it that you can afford your internet connection then?!
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How is it that you can afford your internet connection then?!
How do you know he can?
He might be sitting on a bench outside Starbucks with his dog and his begging bowl and using their free WiFi.
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How do you know he can?
He might be sitting on a bench outside Starbucks with his dog and his begging bowl and using their free WiFi.
For 12 years?! Alright, I suppose this is possible given the number of posts and the amount of free time spent on the forum by this user.
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For 12 years?! Alright, I suppose this is possible given the number of posts and the amount of free time spent on the forum by this user.
Since they quit me because of my age I have plenty of free time
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Since they quit you? What does that mean? How old are you?
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Since they quit you? What does that mean? How old are you?
They made him redundant, laid him off, fired him etc.
They no longer required his services due to his age. I believe he is passed retirement age.

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You are joking right? I honestly thought this person was in their 20s!!
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You are joking right? I honestly thought this person was in their 20s!!
Nope, he is definitely an old bloke.
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They no longer required his services due to his age. I believe he is passed retirement age.
Yes right. I did not see the exit ramp " retirement " on the highway and went right by it!
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Re: Towns giving away villas... can't find that thread

Here a link:

https://edition.cnn.com/travel/artic...nto/index.html

Was also fascinated when reading it on CNN travel.
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