nothing gets white dick harder than real estate. the amerikan land industry is always hungry for new territories to penetrate. a decade ago it crashed the world market attempting to grow internally, and if you're here you're aware of its founding crime, one of the greatest in world history, the continent-scale extermination to turn the land to property. with the host continent colonized, settler investors peer across their ocean borders. amerika today is unable to 'attract investment' to put new cities on the map, so it lusts for, financially leeches from, or tut-tuts the city-building programs of the global south. that's the background; enjoy this incomplete list of real estate ads and unsolicited advice posing as international journalism.

“We have lowered our prices and can’t lower them further, since the price is now lower than the cost of building,” Haraldsdottir said in an interview in Reykjavik.

"Spring Legend has the feel of a dream come true. Entering the town’s German restaurant—outside of which sits a statue of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill enjoying a bronze cigar—tables are set with fine china, wine goblets, silver cutlery, and linen, all neatly laid out for diners who never arrive. Then, a waitress dressed as a Bavarian fräulein appears and inquires how many there will be for lunch."

"In the beginning, I imagined that I was on the trail of an Atlantean narrative about a society that built too much too fast, and whose arrogant disregard for the laws of economic fundamentals would be its tragic undoing."

there are hundreds of stories like this about china but i'd suggest you note the date they're written, because the cities i checked out are all growing apace

"Despite offering more social freedoms than other Saudi cities, King Abdullah city, 145km north of Jeddah, feels eerily quiet and empty. It was intended to be a hub for logistics and manufacturing. But its struggle to attract investors and residents has underlined a perennial battle the kingdom faces bringing in foreign capital beyond the energy sector."
everybody hear that, they got empty houses! they're struggling to attract investors, and the women are gawkable


"It’s a reminder that One Belt One Road, like China’s “Go Out” strategy, is a diktat to the Chinese people to barnstorm the world with entrepreneurial ventures and speculative real estate. Ideally, all these molecular enterprises congeal into economic ecosystems, just as America’s infrastructural blitz helped in Europe 70 years ago."


"But more than 10 years after construction began, most of Masdar remains empty—a lot of sand. As originally designed by London architecture firm Foster + Partners in 2007, Masdar City anticipated up to 50,000 new residents within a decade. Today, that number is closer to 1,300—most of whom are students at Khalifa University of Science and Technology (formerly the Masdar Institute) and living in on-campus housing."

obviously every house, before it's a house, starts with a foundation and structural bones, everything half-built and empty. cities, as collections of houses factories and offices, all start like this. so these are true snapshots in time of the era, a great city-building era. why would amerika cover the story this way-- depending on where and how far along construction goes, the pictures collected can be used to show any variety of things: poor planning (needs imperialism to plan their economy), empty lots (needs imperialism to buy the homes), poor financing (needs imperial banks to be merciful). and it's got all the ideologically-juiced clickbait of a cop saving a drowning piglet, to a people for whom a mortgage is a rite of passage. which growing city will amerikans scold next, inside their lowest-bidder getrificondos, looking out at century-old skylines?

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china's going from 60-40 urban-rural split to 80-20 in the next 10 or 15 years, so it's super obvious why these new cities are being built. some are already being filled but those don't grab the big headlines of course
housing for all! well, except for those selling Fertility Medallions on Etsy

animedad posted:

housing for all! well, except for those selling Fertility Medallions on Etsy

there is so much fucking housing