New Cities

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Why Brand New Cities Won’t Solve Our Urban Problems

Building cities takes time and resources. Why not spend them on fixing the ones we have?

October 2, 2023 - The Atlantic

Aerial view of small community among green agricultural fields and wind turbines in Solano County, Northern California.

An AI-Generated Vision of a Silicon Valley Utopia

A proposed plan to build a new city in the Bay Area is light on details and heavy on idyllic renderings.

September 10, 2023 - The Verge

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Why California Should Not, Cannot Solve Its Housing Crisis By Building New Cities

A recent essay advocates for the development of a new city in California to alleviate the state's housing crisis. The argument needs a few tweaks.

April 4, 2022 - Josh Stephens

Rendering of aerial view of Telosa city

Why Tech-Utopian City Plans Fail

Like others before him, e-commerce billionaire Marc Lore wants to build the ideal city from scratch. Urban experts don't have much faith in his chances.

September 9, 2021 - Bloomberg BusinessWeek


India Looks to Build 11-Million-Person City on Empty Farm Land

Andhra Pradesh is being split in two, and India is building a new capital for the portion of the state that will keep the Andhra name. The city will reside on what was banana fields and other farmland.

June 13, 2017 - California Sunday

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Y Combinator's New Cities Project Gets Curiouser and Curiouser

The Silicon Valley start-up devoted to reinventing the city made a splashy hire this week.

October 28, 2016 - TechCrunch

New Capital, Cairo, Egypt

Egypt's New Capital City Development Gets Chinese Backing

Plans for the development of a new, unnamed capital city just east of Cairo has received the financial backing of Chinese investors.

October 11, 2016 - CNN

A Wave of 'New Cities' Are Poised to Transform Africa - For the Worse?

Jane Lumumba issues a warning about the self-contained cities being comprehensively planned and built from scratch across the continent. Will they benefit international investors and government leaders to the detriment of local residents?

May 3, 2013 - Next City

Livability Grows in China's Emerging Megacities

A new breed of developers in China are increasingly trying to make the country's new cities into pleasant, walkable and even environmentally sustainable.

August 18, 2011 - Grist

Chinese Ghost Cities on the Rise

A year after taking a look at the new but empty cities being created in China, Business Insider takes a trip back to see what's changed in those brand new and unoccupied cities.

June 19, 2011 - Business Insider

South Korea to Build New Capital for Southern Sudan

The new country of Southern Sudan, officially declaring its independence in July, will have help from the national development arm of South Korea in building a proposed new capital city.

June 17, 2011 - Gulf News

Kazakhstan's Shiny and Empty New Capital

Kazakhstan built a new capital city in 1997 in far-off Astana. This piece from The New Yorker takes a tour of the city, and finds a unique architectural development underway, but a city still in its early years of formation.

April 22, 2011 - The New Yorker

New City in Florida if Built Could Become Jobs Center

Owners of a citrus grove near Hobe Sound, Florida want to create a new city, calling it a potential "job-oriented community."

February 18, 2011 - TCPalm

A New Saudi Arabia Rises Out of the Desert

An under-20 population of more than 13 million and an eagerness to move the national economy away from oil production have the Saudi government investing heavily in huge new cities that are designed to encourage a 'Western-style modernity.'

December 13, 2010 - The New York Times

How Do You Say 'Sustainable Growth' in Mandarin?

A new report sheds major doubt on some of the emerging Chinese cities' abilities to grow in a sustainable manner.

November 3, 2010 - Reuters

Cities Built From Scratch

This slideshow from Slate looks at the elaborate plans for new cities in the United Arab Emirates, and compares them to other built-from-scratch cities in history.

April 30, 2008 - Slate

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