Bill Gates plans to build world's first-ever 'smart city' in Arizona

Bill Gates plans to build world's first-ever 'smart city' in Arizona

Bill Gates plans to build world's first-ever 'smart city' in Arizona

The area is now completely undeveloped-it's now desert wasteland - but the convenience of this is that everything can be built from scratch, and laid out in as convenient a fashion as possible, so that traffic can be carefully controlled, neighborhoods can be given plenty of space, and even crime can be kept low through city planning techniques to discourage untoward activity.

An investment firm controlled by the Microsoft cofounder and philanthropist has bought almost 25,000 acres about 45 miles west of Phoenix to build a smart city, communities that are built from the ground up with the idea of integrating technology into their residents' lives.The proposed community, known as Belmont, would serve a "template" for development of sustainable cities capitalizing on cutting-edge infrastructure, the investment firm Belmont Partners said a statement.

In the press release of the Arizona based real-estate group, Belmont Partners said that the smart city-Belmont would make and encourage an advanced-thinking community with the connectivity and structural framework that encircles cutting edge technology, data centers, novel manufacturing techniques and distribution designs, self-driven automobiles, and autonomous logistics centers.

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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.

The 25,000 acres of land are about 45 minutes west of downtown Phoenix off I-10 near Tonopah. Originally built as an interconnected smart city meant to lure global investment, the majority of residents are now South Koreans who have been priced out of Seoul. There is also around 3,800 acres devoted to office, commercial, and retail space, with 470 acres set aside for public schools. The remaining land will hold 80,000 residences.

According to Ronald Schott, executive emeritus at the Arizona Technology Council, known for innovation, Bill Gates has indeed picked a "good spot".

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Arizona has a reputation as being a technology-friendly state. Several major companies in the driverless auto industry such as, Waymo, Uber and Intel, are testing their innovations in the state.

Currently, there is no word on when the construction of the said Bill Gates' city of future would commence. "Finally Arizona's getting recognized for being a place for innovation".

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