By: April Carson
The unusual city will be "completely car-free, zero-street and carbon-neutral."
The government of Saudi Arabia has announced the completion of its latest zero-carbon city project, dubbed "The Line." The unusual city will be constructed in a straight line for more than 100 miles.
The futuristic metropolis will be free of automobiles, roads, and carbon emissions, according to a statement made by Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. From around the world, one million people could reside there.
According to Reuters, the proposed city will be the first project at NEOM, a half-trillion dollar green energy business zone in northern Saudi Arabia that was established with the goal of reducing Saudi Arabia's oil economy reliance.
Saudi Arabia has a lot of innovative ideas for the whole area, including an artificial moon, artificial rain, robot maids, and as The Wall Street Journal reported in 2019 — not to mention human gene-editing clinics. Everything in The Line will be "within a five-minute walk of home," bin Salman promises. It's still unknown how this is possible in a 100-mile city, but bin Salman did say that it would take just 20 minutes to go from one end to the other.
The city's subway system is a result of "The Spine," a high-tech mode of transportation that links individual city modules. The subsurface "Spine layer" handles ultrafast transit and AI-enabled transportation, according to official sources.
“Cities have always been built to protect their inhabitants,” bin Salman continued. “In the industrial era, cities placed a higher value on machines, automobiles, and factories than they did on people.”
People in the world's most advanced cities spend "decades" traveling to and from work, according to Bin Salman. That pattern will only double by 2050, he added. More people will die as a result of air pollution due to these unpleasant travels.
The prince added that having everything within five minutes of your home would also help you avoid deadly traffic accidents.
The proposals were met with a lot of doubt online, with some people describing them as little more than a vacuous effort to attract foreign investment.
“It's very difficult to be anything other than an authoritarian in the Middle East, and everything about NEOM appears to have been dreamed up by a Saudi official who tuned into [the Middle East Broadcasting Center] at four in the morning and thought, 'That looks amazing,'” Gregg Carlstrom, a The Economist reporter, tweeted.
Advocates for human rights also highlighted the inconsistencies.
“THE LINE is Mohammed bin Salman's desperate attempt to reframe Saudi Arabia's failed NEOM project,” tweeted women's rights advocate Reem Abdellatif. “After facing difficulties from local tribes and failing to attract investment, [Mohammed bin Salman] resorts to old tactics in order to address festering economic problems.
Despite the naysayers, site preparation is scheduled to begin in early 2021 and will generate $48 billion for the region's economy and 38,000 jobs.
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