The coolest town of all time is about to be built, and no one will live in it. A scientific ghost town that cost a billion dollars will soon be built in New Mexico as a testing ground for futuristic technologies. It won’t only look futuristic like this accidental ghost town, it actually will be. The city, which will be built in Lea County, will test everything from intelligent traffic systems to next-generation wireless networks. A rendering of it is above.
Shells of the town’s businesses sit amongst brushes, shrubs, and old sidewalks, such as this former lumber store. This Victorian-style hospital has sat neglected at the edge of town since the 1930s, while the community hall, last refurbished decades ago, still bears the symbol of Canada’s 1967 centennial.
Mentioned “ghost developments of China” earlier: Here.
BoingBoing today (well, yesterday) links to the video above.
Here’s an Australian TV documentary about China’s housing bubble which has given rise of bizarre ghost malls, ghost highrises, and even ghost cities. It’s symptomatic of the growing divide between China’s rich and poor, which has left many Chinese without adequate housing. Unlike the US bubble, the Chinese property bubble isn’t founded on cheap credit, which makes the analyst hosting the show believe that it won’t burst in the same way as American one.
These amazing satellite images show sprawling cities built in remote parts of China that have been left completely abandoned, sometimes years after their construction. Elaborate public buildings and open spaces are completely unused, with the exception of a few government vehicles near communist authority offices. Some estimates put the number of empty homes at as many as 64 million, with up to 20 new cities being built every year in the country’s vast swathes of free land.