Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The City... of the Future!

I'm sure that when you were 13 years old, you probably had a really cool idea that you thought was going to fix the future. Most of us have since grown up and realized that 85% of the ideas we have when we're 13 are crap.

And then there's Orville Simpson II.

Orv had an idea for the City of the Future in 1936. He grew up, became a landlord, and in 1960, he started drawing Victory City.

It contains all the standard utopian promises (houses 350,000 people in 3 square miles! costs 1/10th of a regular city! free education and health care! even goddamn monorails!) and it's as beautiful as it is practical:

Despite the fact that my surname approximately means "victory city," I'm too much of a cynic to be convinced. But if your life doesn't have enough of the "Jetsons" aesthetic in it and you're ready to make the dream happen, why not invest a few bucks? (Note: I strongly suspect that his $100 million estimate to build a Victory City hasn't been adjusted for inflation since 1936.)

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