Bill Gates to Build His Smart City-Belmont

Bill Gates is building the City of the Future in Arizona

Bill Gates is building the City of the Future in Arizona

Billionaire Bill Gates' investment group purchased a large plot of land in the Arizona desert to build a city of the future, according to reports.

Self-driving cars, environmentally friendly energy sources, and glorious high-speed internet access for everyone.

Critics of India's plan might have similar critique of Gates' techno-utopia: Creating a city for those who can pay to live in the future damns those who can't afford it to live in the past.

The city would be founded in Phoenix-Arizona, comprising of a land area around twenty-four thousand eight hundred acres. Although the housing crash put a damper on the city's development, the regional real estate market has since recovered.

The proposed community, planned to spread across 25,000 acres, will be called "Belmont", and the goal is to convert the land into its own "smart city", according to Belmont Partners. And the infrastructure in Belmont will be built from the ground up to accommodate them. While now without water or electricity, the city's growth would also be driven by the completion of I-11, an interstate highway connecting Phoenix to Las Vegas, Nevada.

"Belmont will create a forward-thinking community with a communication and infrastructure spine that embraces cutting-edge technology", firm representatives said in a news release, which will include "autonomous logistic hubs" and "new manufacturing technologies". Then, 470 acres will be used for public schools.

Arizona Technology Council's Executive Emeritus Ronald Schott said that Bill Gates is known for innovation and he has picked a "good spot".

"Belmont is an incredible opportunity for the state of Arizona", Grady Gammage, Jr., an attorney representing Belmont Partners, said in a statement.

Gates hopes the city will be about the same size and population as Tempe.

The cofounder of the Microsoft Corporation plans to name the master-planned city Belmont, and "will transform a raw, blank slate into a purpose-built edge city built around a flexible infrastructure model", say Belmont Partners in their announcement. While the highway is tentatively set to complete construction in 2018, no timetables for Belmont have been publicly announced yet.

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