Sam Leith Sam Leith

Silicon Valley’s curious obsession with building old-fashioned communities 

Drawing proposals for California Forever (Credit: California Forever)

It’s a peculiar thing about billionaires: they don’t half have a weak spot for building ideal communities from the ground up. You could call it pluto-utopianism.

The latest manifestation of this is California Forever. A number of ultra-wealthy Silicon Valley tech entrepreneurs have been quietly buying up 55,000 acres of farmland in Solano county, California, and at the end of last week they launched a website revealing what they planned to do with it.

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