"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

Comments (25)
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Bill will get rain from the microsoft "cloud".


What has Gates been right about thus far? How have any of his prognostications fared? He has the time, resources and research to pursue that which he finds most urgent. So it is fair game to question his track record.


Guessing air conditioning will be powered by solar photovoltaic / and wind power. The water? Different story, since it's all supposed to be high tech they could be looking at ultra high efficient plumbing fixtures, utilizing grey water to flush toilets, they may even employ toilets that don't use water.


Thimk - good one!

I would be in favor of Gates' "smart city", if he moved it much further north, preferably to Canada. Unfortunately, Gates and his fellow gloBull warming propagandists are fully aware we are heading into a cooling cycle and mini ice age that will make living up north a living hell. Water will not be a problem in AZ when the Colorado slopes turn to glaciers, and energy for AC will not be an issue with temps lower and plenty of solar energy.

If Gates really wanted to help the nation, he would create a smart city in Washington D.C. There in no other city in more desperate need of intelligence. Another option would be to expand the scope and collaborate with the other NSA collaborators, which includes Facebook, Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft-owned Skype to build a smart boarder, preferably on the Mexico side.

Gates is just another establishment sociopath, drunk on power, and wanting to believe he is God. He is a ugenics believer that wants his grandchildren to be born, but not yours. He collaborates with the NSA to destroy our privacy by vacuuming up our digital lives so the govt can find and tax more money to waste so their perks and power can be maintained. My advise is to run as fast as possible in the opposite direction from where ever Gates is headed.


Bill didn't become wealthy because he is stupid. I wish him the best of luck in this endeavour, and will be interested to see how it unfolds. Perhaps he will demonstrate innovative ideas of how to solve many of the problems that people have mentioned. Our future increasingly depends on continual innovation. I would have thought that Mish would be interested in Bill's plans for autonomous vehicles.