Famous Nerd Buys a Bunch of Land (Presumably To Make Himself Mayor of Nerd City)

Famous Nerd Buys a Bunch of Land (Presumably To Make Himself Mayor of Nerd City)

Nora Taylor
Nov 17, 2017
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Exceedingly wealthy human Bill Gates has reportedly invested in 25,000 acres of unpopulated Arizona desert with the intention of building a smart community. The desert town will be a technologically advanced hub with a planned population of around 182,000. There will be driverless cars, high-speed internet and, given Gates' philanthropic interests, likely a well-funded public school system.

Purchased through an affiliate of his investment company Cascade Investment for $80 million, Gates' firm will partner with real-estate investment firm Belmont Partners. In a statement, Belmont Partners described the development as, "a forward-thinking community with a communication and infrastructure spine that embraces cutting-edge technology, designed around high-speed digital networks, data centers, new manufacturing technologies and distribution models, autonomous vehicles and autonomous logistics hubs."

The town of the future will be about 50 miles west of Phoenix and in the path of the proposed new route for the Interstate 11 freeway, providing easy access to Las Vegas, which is like, so money baby. As planned, there will be 3,800 acres for office, commercial, and retail space, 470 acres for public schools and roughly 80,000 residences.

This isn't the first smart city we've heard of recently; Google's sister company Sidewalk Labs is planning a neighborhood in Toronto where they'll even aim to control the weather.

What would a smart city have to have for you to move there? Tell us in the comments.

h/t Dezeen

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