Category: Egypt

City of mirages: Part 8, Can this road make sense?

4 September, 2013 (09:00) | Agriculture, Cairo, Economics, Egypt, Farouk El-Baz, Finance, futurism, Housing, Infrastructure, Innovations, Nile, Speculation, Urbanization | 1 comment

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 7 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5,  and Part 6.]   In exploring Professor Farouk El-Baz’s dramatic vision of a transportation corridor 30-40 miles west of the Nile as an economic lightning rod, I’ve spent seven parts exploring the concept from […]

City of mirages: Part 7, The project’s history

3 September, 2013 (10:39) | Agriculture, Cairo, Cities, Economics, Egypt, Farouk El-Baz, Finance, futurism, Housing, Infrastructure, Innovations, Nile, Speculation, Urbanization |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 6 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.]   Finally, after six posts and 10,000 words, we’ve reached the point in our detailed analysis of Farouk El-Baz’s visionary transportation corridor that, having heard its extended criticism from other Egyptian geologists and hydrographers […]

City of mirages: Part 6, Financing challenges

30 August, 2013 (12:40) | Agriculture, Cairo, Cities, Economics, Egypt, Farouk El-Baz, Finance, futurism, Housing, Infrastructure, Innovations, Nile, Speculation, Urbanization |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3,  and Part 4.]   In the five parts of this post up to now, I’ve spent a great many words, and will spend more in this and the subsequent parts [Reader groans – Ed.], because while on the one […]

City of mirages: Part 5, Economics

29 August, 2013 (10:00) | Agriculture, Cairo, Cities, Economist, Egypt, Farouk El-Baz, Finance, futurism, Housing, Infrastructure, Innovations, Nile, Speculation, Urbanization | 1 comment

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part  2, and Part 3.]   So far we’ve seen that Dr. Farouk El-Baz’s ambitious plan, explained in a recent Boston Globe (July 27, 2013) article, to double Egypt’s inhabited area by laying down a dramatic end-to-end superhighway and transportation corridor presumes […]

City of mirages: Part 4, Urbanization

28 August, 2013 (09:00) | Agriculture, Cities, Economics, Egypt, Farouk El-Baz, Finance, futurism, Housing, Infrastructure, Innovations, Nile, Speculation, Urbanization |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 3 and the preceding  Part 1  and  Part 2.]   So far we’ve seen that Dr. Farouk El-Baz’s ambitious plan, credulously explained in a recent Boston Globe (July 27, 2013) article, to create a whole new parallel-world growth corridor west of the Nile, was based on his experience […]