Silicon Valley billionaires (including the co-founder of at leading YIMBY advocacy group) paving over unethically acquired farmland to build a car-dependent upscale exurb between SF and Sacramento in the middle of a flood plain next to a nature preserve.
Remember, reducing sprawl and therefore carbon emissions is one of the main promises of the movement, but Solano County, measured from the county seat, Fairfield, is more than forty miles from either San Francisco or Sacramento. San Jose (the Bay Area's largest city, the center of tech industry, and the spot that really needs the housing) is almost eighty miles away. The proposed site would be a few miles farther still.
Probably the most dangerous part of the YIMBY movement (at least in the form it's best known by) is the straw-man lie that this is about whether to build when it's actually about where to build and about the wisdom of letting market forces and the profit motive make that decision. There are plenty of places we can develop where housing is more badly needed, where development will reduce commute times and carbon footprints, where there is minimal danger of fire or flood, and where productive farmland won't be bulldozed and you won't have to lie to land owners to get them to sign over their property.
Silicon Valley elites revealed as investors behind $800M land grab
by Megan Fan Munce, Shira Stein, J.K. Dineen -- Aug. 25, 2023
The investors behind a mysterious company buying thousands of acres in Solano County have been revealed to be a group of Silicon Valley power players.
Flannery Associates caught the attention of both local politicians and several federal government agencies after it spent more than $800 million buying 140 properties in Solano County over the past five years, purportedly to build an entire new city.