13 Nov '17, 6pm

Bill Gates wants to build a "smart city" in the Arizona desert. Smart move?

Bill Gates wants to build a "smart city" in the Arizona desert. Smart move?

Bill Gates just plopped down 80 million bucks to buy 25,000 acres of desert west of Phoenix to build a "smart city" to be called Belmont. According to his development partners, quoted in Popular Mechanics, Belmont will create 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. A new freeway is being built that will connect to Las Vegas, making it "an ideal spot for a new community." The developer notes that "Comparable in square miles and projected population to Tempe, Arizona, Belmont will transform a raw, blank slate into a purpose-built edge city built around a flexible infrastructure model." No doubt it will be a fascinating infrastructure model...

Full article: https://www.treehugger.com/urban-design/bill-gates-wants-...

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