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Y Combinator’s Plan to Build a New City? Not Actually Crazy

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The New Cities initiative will study freshly minted cities, and how to plan, design, and build them from scratch.

To many, the announcement registered as audacious, even for Silicon Valley.

The language surrounding the announcement sounds like it s lifted from a half-baked VC pitch deck You can fix existing cities, which a lot of people are doing, or you can reimagine them from a blank state, says Adora Cheung, who will head up the project with Y Combinator president Sam Altman and details about the project s curriculum are scant Cheung says it s all TBD .

The surprising part: Urban planning experts find Y Combinator s new venture pretty fascinating.

Consider Garden Cities of To-Morrow, a book by British urban planner Ebenezer Howard.

Cheung believes Y Combinator s plan is different.

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