Property at book stations

Also a bit tricky.

To start with, from what I have observed neither the idea of private property nor the idea of state ownership work.

Some kind of community ownership seems to be the best option, though my guess is that the success of such a model will depend on getting the contract details right.

It’s obvious at least that a book station can’t be owned by anyone. It’s too risky.
Just imagine a divorce or an inheritance dispute, or someone having the brilliant idea of turning the book station into a shopping mall, or someone increasing the rent or the leasehold.
A book station needs continuity. And the lower a book station’s costs, the better it can support the community.

As alternative to the community ownership, there could be an umbrella company for all book stations worldwide who would act as the guardians of all properties.

Such an umbrella company has the advantage that this group of guardians get insights from around the globe which gives them the best expertise to advice and support all book stations. And such an umbrella company would have the resources to protect a book station from speculators, and help it through rough stretches.

Or maybe there could be a hybrid model, and the community and the umbrella company could have a joint ownership of the book station. However, since the book station makes little profit for owners, the question is what the arguments for a joint ownership of a book stations could be.


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