State of the Art City
State of the Art City: A California activist group revealed their plan to create a $3billion private city to provide accommodation to the state’s 150,000 homeless people.
Daune Nason, founder of Citizens Again, announced on Thursday proposals to combat the ongoing homeless crisis plaguing the Golden State.
State of the Art City: ‘It’s time to think differently to solve the homelessness crisis: instead of building 4,000 more shelters, Citizens Again is crowdfunding to build 1 city, catering towards America’s entire chronic adult homeless population, and it will be quicker and cost billions less than current efforts,’ the press release says.
Citizens Again plans to construct the 300-acre city to include several services, including high-density housing dorms, a hospital, healthcare, food services, on-site job training and life skills enrichment.
State of the Art City: According to Nason, Citizens Again’s city would be a quicker and more efficient process than the one politicians have laid out.
‘Based on the government’s placement rate from the last ten years, it will take close to 200 years to create enough shelters to house the 90,000 unsheltered chronic homeless adults. Nobody wants to wait that long,’ he wrote.
The group estimates that the new city will be ready in just 11 years, with an ambitious opening date of 2031.
I’ve looked at a couple of different locations in California. It’s going to have to be in a moderate climate, probably somewhat of a flatland. I’m going to need about 300 acres,’ Nason told Good Day Sacramento.
He says people in his hometown of Folsom have formed mixed reviews about the city.
Mike Lucio said: ‘It could bring down property values. People don’t want that in their backyard. They want to help, but they don’t want it in their backyard.’
Nason understands that a project of this caliber will take time and resources.
‘Definitely it’s an ambitious project. There’s never been anything like this in the history of the country. This is going to be very something very massive. It’s going to require a lot of people to work together on this,’ he said.
‘Qualified citizens’ – for which the criteria has not been revealed – will live in the city and are free to leave at any point.
Residents will be use radio-frequency identification to enter the city and dormitories inside one of the four neighborhoods, as well as other tasks like purchasing items with credit and job check-in.
The group plans on having 16-story dormitories, providing residents with sleeping quarters and communal bathrooms with private showers.
Each neighborhood will have a cafeteria, kitchen and several set eating times to adjust to community members’ schedules.
Among the entertainment options, like arcades in every neighborhood, the neighborhoods will include communal TVs with tiered seating to fit multiple people.