"Smart City" Dumb Location: Bill Gates Spends $80 Million on Az Desert Land to Create "Smart City"

Billionaire Bill Gates purchased 24,800 acres near Phoenix to create a "smart city". The community, to be named Belmont, will integrate driverless technology and high-speed data into its infrastructure.

Does it make sense to build a "smart city" in the middle of the Arizona desert with questionable, at best, water resources? We are about to find out.

Bill Gates has plans for a “smart city” located about 45 minutes west of downtown Phoenix.

According to a press release from Belmont Partners, "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 proposed freeway, I-11, will connect Belmont to Las Vegas.

"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," Belmont Properties said.

Belmont Video

Energy and Water Consumption

Let's connect the "smart city" to Las Vegas, an Energy Consumption Nightmare.

More importantly, the Smithsonian reports Arizona Could Be Out of Water in Six Years.

According to the EPA, "Warming has already contributed to decreases in spring snowpack and Colorado River flows, which are an important source of water for the region. Future warming is projected to produce more severe droughts in the region, with further reductions in water supplies. Future water scarcity will be compounded by the region’s rapid population growth, which is the highest in the nation."

I am not a global warming advocate, but I am a believer that a water shortage crisis is in the foreseeable future. The land was cheap for a reason. It's a desert hellhole.

Smart City, Dumb Location

Simply put, Bill Gates wants to build a "smart city" in a "dumb location", one without water and one that requires tremendous amounts of air conditioning most of the year.

A proposed new interstate highway, I-11, will connect the "smart city" to the most energy-wasteful city on the planet.

Earlier this year, Bill Gates warns about Denying Climate Change.

As a true believer in global warming, it seems Gates might have selected something other than a desert hellhole for his "smart city".

Mike "Mish" Shedlock


I want to add, Arizona, and maybe Texas, are the only States that stand up to the US government. Arizona just past a law recognizing gold and silver as legal tender. This is a huge middle finger to the Federal Reserve. Arizona also has a great charter school system so your kids aren't stuck going to crappy public schools like kids on both coasts and Chicago area. Also, it has vaccine exempt laws so you don't have to pump your kids with 30+ vaccines before they can talk. Arizona is as independent as they come.

Arizona, especially Phoenix, is the best kept secret in the USA. Yes, it has its bad parts like every city in the world, but nothing compared to the mid-Atlantic, Chicago, or Southern Cali areas. I brought my Japanese wife here and she absolutely loves it. It's one of the rare places in the USA that has a Japanese community. Bill Gates' organization, I'm quite sure, did enough analysis, research and came to the right decision.


In all due respect Mish, you're wrong here. Thanks to ASU and a proactive government, Phoenix is one of the most sustainable cities in the USA. Yes, 3 months a year are harsh, but 9 are incredibly nice. It's 80 degrees here now, and gets down to low 50s at night and it will be like this til April. I haven't turned our AC unit on since September.


I believe the real looming water crisis coming to AZ is bought up water rights. Plenty of developers trying to buy major rights in NW corner AZ by posing as real estate dev deals. Wouldn't be surprised if there is some of that behind Gates purchase.