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Arden, Delaware was founded in 1900 by a group of Philadelphia artists. The Village was an experimental/intentional community based on the ideas of Henry George's Single Tax theory. Originally it was a summer community, consisting mainly of artists and political/social free thinkers. Eventually it grew to include year-round residences, and those who were looking for affordable land in North Wilmington. By 1922 all the available leases were gone and a group funded by a wealthy Phildelphian purchased a neighboring farm and established Ardentown. Ardencroft followed in 1954. Both Ardentown and Ardencroft are based on the Single Tax theory. The three Ardens are three of the few Single Tax communities still operating as they were founded. While there have been several attempts to consolidate the 3 governments of Arden, Ardentown, and Ardencroft over the years the nuances of each communities bylaws have prevented this from occuring. The townfolk maintain a stoic passive-agressive approach to change in any form and continue trying to apply early 20th century agrarian economic principals (Georgist) against the backdrop of a 21st century service based economy. Many have speculated that this resistance to change will ultimately lead to the dissolution of the town and it's absorption by New Castle County, Delaware.


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The townfolk maintain a stoic passive-aggressive resistance to change in any form and continue applying early 20th century agrarian economic principals (Georgist) against a 21st century world, with predictably dire results. Many have speculated that this resistance to change will ultimately lead to financial failure, the dissolution of the town(s), and their absorption by the surrounding suburbs of New Castle County, thus ending this century old single tax experiment.

This passage reflects the writer's point of view. It is not clear who `many' are, what the dire results are, who claims so and why early 20th century techniques would be bad. 62.131.79.6 07:56, 24 July 2006 (UTC)


Furthermore, such discussions are often related to compartmentalized debates about one section of life in a small town such as Arden. The original writer's point of view about being absorbed into the surrounding suburbs may be true as we put up no walls to keep them away and us away from them, but Arden (my personal view) has its own interior community and arts culture, so to speak, that continues to set us apart from the surrounding world. Arden is quite progressive in many ways, but is also protective of what was good back in the early 1900's. The few disgruntled writers that make such commnets (as above) do not necessarily reflect any more than a very small percent of our population. Fonebone33 (talk) 17:56, 20 June 2009 (UTC)

Taxes in comparison to more typical property tax systems?[edit]

Can anyone familiar with the Ardens' tax situation compare it to more typical property-tax regime? Do Arden residents end up paying more or less overall than someone in a similar home in, say, Bellefonte? Or would that be found in the Single Tax article? I'd presume that it would be lower, given that improvements wouldn't affect the underlying land's assessed value.

Copyright?[edit]

Much of this article is identical to the text found at the Historical Society of Delaware's page for its centennial exhibit. It would be great if someone could do the work to synthesize the information and include it in this article. Elpiseos (talk) 18:35, 20 May 2009 (UTC)

Correction to explanation[edit]

The article gives one the impression that rent is collected only on common land such as roads and on unimproved sites. This is not correct. The tax in the form of annually paid leases is actually on useful sites. It depends on the site area and its position but not on developments made on the site itself. This is where the use of the word "unimproved" applies.Macrocompassion (talk) 09:59, 3 May 2015 (UTC)

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