New Ventures Society
Initial $10 billion
expansion $20,000 billion
upgrade $6,000 billion
Arcologies are a staple in Science Fiction. A single building occupying several square miles and rising to 100 stories. With a population measured in millions, containing all the homes, schools, universities, hospitals, restaurants and shopping centers, recreation facilities, as well as jobs for the whole city. Needless to say this is a vast sociological experiment to see how much government is needed. (in spite of the Sim City concepts an arcology does not produce its own food)
So we plan to build one in East Texas to serve as a trial to see what we need when we actually start to build Space Habitats.
One approach is to buy up one of the small cities that Houston has encircled. Definitely needed to avoid becoming the target of the enormous appetite of the Houston tax department .
A better one is to buy the land from the Texas Land Office, definitely first class bottom land. Like the old joke about Florida goes 'bottom of what swamp". Of course, this being Texas, we have to go one better. This would be a 10 mile by 10 mile tract at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, with depth up to 60 feet (Texas waters are shallow!. Unlike other states that only control territory out to 3 miles, Texas owns the land out to 3 leagues (roughly 10 miles). So with the promise to establish a new county, and city from the politicians, plus Corp of Engineers and EPA approval we build our city. All raised 30 feet above sea level and surrounded by a seawall (this is just across the ship channel from Galveston, and our memories are long, with reminders from Beaumont / Port Arthur).
Add in a subway to Galveston and up I45 to Houston, and we would have an ideal city, complete with lower sales taxes in our shopping mall to drive out of town visitors.
Utilizing all the below sea level territory we build a massive system of hydrothermal storage which uses the cold of winter to handle our air conditioning load. Massive cisterns to store our rainfall (48 inches a year) for our water needs, and a 84 square mile park to serve our 16 square mile city.
Naturally the knowledge we gain in organizing this city serves in our designs for our space habitat.
This would of course be a long term project, 20 years in the construction easily. And after completion we could even repeat in Florida.