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[–]emorej 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Although suspicions of these types of investors most often turn out to be correct, the stated goals of this project are not only rational but long overdue, in light of California's underbuilding of housing, and the affordability crisis of the Bay Area. Something big probably needs to be built somewhere (while infill and density increase in existing urban areas certainly deserves to remain the highest priority). For that approach, this location looks much more logical than most, at least from the perspectives of existing transportation infrastructure and water supply.

It would be nice to see the project gain a zoning commission elected locally, regionally and statewide.

[–]RandomCollection[S] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Good to see that the billionaire city is getting more coverage. The issue here is that the rich have essentially the ability to dictate our urban policies.

Jan Sramek, a 37-year-old Czech-born, former Goldman Sachs trader-turned-aspiring city-builder, is trying to convince the public that the project isn't just an oasis for billionaires or some high-tech city of the future. His vision: turn all this farmland into a walkable city in the mold of Savannah, Philadelphia, or New York City's West Village.

Some super rich individual should not be dictating urban land use policies.