By 2050, two out of three people will live in cities. That is a sizable customer base, to state the least. This is why Y Combinator, one of the most successful tech accelerators in the country, is considering launching an entire, whole new city.
In a blog post, Y Combinator partner Adora Cheung, and Sam Altman; Y Combinatorâ€™s president, wrote:
We want to study building new, better cities.
The world is full of people who arenâ€™t realizing their potential in large part because their cities don’t provide the opportunities and living conditions necessary for success. A high-leverage way to improve our world is to unleash this massive potential by making better cities.
There are specifics Y Combinator wants to address in its quest to build a new city. A few are:
- How can we make and keep housing affordable? This is critical to us; the cost of housing affects everything else in a city.
- What is the right role for vehicles in a city? Should we have human-driven cars at all?
- How can we have affordable high-speed transit to and from other cities?
- How can we encourage a diverse range of people to live and work in the city?
- How should citizens guide and participate in government?
Lest anyone think these are the touchy-feely musings of very wealthy Silicon Valley people, consider this: Y Combinator has planned out a strategy and issued a call-to-arms, of sort:
The first phase of this will be a YC Research project. Weâ€™ll publicly share our results and, at the end of the process, weâ€™ll decide if itâ€™s something we should pursue and at what exact locations. Weâ€™re seriously interested in building new cities and we think we know how to finance it if everything else makes sense.
This is not a small undertaking. Weâ€™ve begun research and are now forming a team to work on it full-time. We need people with strong interests and bold ideas in architecture, ecology, economics, politics, technology, urban planning, and much more.
Â If youâ€™re interested, please apply here by July 30, 2016.
Â If you have ideas to share, but don’t want to work on this full-time, email us your thoughts: firstname.lastname@example.org.