Google Building Its Own City For Employees

500x_googleGoogle is planning to build what amounts to its own town on a federal space base to house its employees and their families. When society inevitably collapses, Googleville will be the sole safe haven, but only those with company IDs will be allowed in. Writes Gawker:

The company will build out the equivalent of more than two TransAmerica Pyramids on the site of a federal space base in Silicon Valley. Though Google’s plans at NASA Ames/Moffett Field have long been simmering, a Freedom of Information Act Request from the San Jose Mercury News shined new light on the company’s plans.

Google is now revealed to be planning up to 180,000 square feet of housing at Ames, or 15 percent of the usable space on the 42 acre development.

And the company is pressing for still more housing in the adjoining city of Mountain View, where its headquarters sprawls across 65 buildings. Google is pushing Mountain View officials to change zoning so more housing and retail can be built around its suburban, office-park-ish HQ. It’s not clear who would build this housing. But, conveniently, Google has its own developer, Planetary Ventures, which handled the Ames deal.

Between the construction at Ames and assimilation of Mountain View, Google is steadily assembling its own little city, And why not? When free gourmet food and massages failed to keep employees from defecting to hotter startups like Twitter and, especially, Facebook, the company tried offering workers free servants and multi-million dollar retention bonuses. Those are nice cushions against the travails of the real world — the bother of bank balances and annoyance of mingling with mouth-breathing non Googlers — but there’s nothing like blocking out reality and living out one’s days completely encapsulated inside the bubble, assuming it will never end.

18 Comments on "Google Building Its Own City For Employees"

  1. Hierarchical. Bureaucratic. Centralised. Political.

    Nothing new in idea or action.

    Gort

  2. Hierarchical. Bureaucratic. Centralised. Political.

    Nothing new in idea or action.

    Gort

  3. Earbudcontender | Nov 16, 2010 at 10:07 pm |

    creepy

  4. Earbudcontender | Nov 16, 2010 at 6:07 pm |

    creepy

  5. Untitled-01 | Nov 16, 2010 at 11:01 pm |

    Doesn’t China do this for it’s factory workers? but not as nice I’m sure

  6. Untitled-01 | Nov 16, 2010 at 7:01 pm |

    Doesn’t China do this for it’s factory workers? but not as nice I’m sure

  7. Hadrian999 | Nov 16, 2010 at 11:23 pm |

    reminds me of shadowrun

  8. Hadrian999 | Nov 16, 2010 at 7:23 pm |

    reminds me of shadowrun

    • Liam_McGonagle | Nov 16, 2010 at 8:12 pm |

      Yeah, I was just thinking of “The Village” from that old Brit series, “The Prisoner”.

  9. Liam_McGonagle | Nov 17, 2010 at 12:12 am |

    Yeah, I was just thinking of “The Village” from that old Brit series, “The Prisoner”.

  10. Liam_McGonagle | Nov 17, 2010 at 12:26 am |

    Yes, the ol’ Foxconn thingy.

    http://www.szcpost.com/2010/05/foxconn-suicides.html

    I’d be real interested in hearing from any of our Appalachian correspondents on their families’ history of company towns. Their deep UMWA legacy is probably what keeps West Virginia a blue-ish purple despite the strong reactionary trends that have swept through America as a whole since the 1980’s.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coal_Strike_of_1902

  11. Interesting – there’s a US S Ct 1st Amendment case involving such a city – Burger/Rehnquist allowed the decision to stand and actually gave lip service to it in several of their notorious rulings which annihilated 14th Amendment and the 1st Amendment protections – being vague enough to allowed lower level fascists to proclaim everything private property and thus proscribed from hearing such issues under the 14th Amendment or else protected from suit under the 11th Amendment. 1st Amendment protections were afforded because the place had all of the attributes of a public municipality except that it was privately owned – so maybe these new guys cut a deal with the Chief Justice and Lord Scalia so that they can provide prtence for the lower level fascisti to put an end to all 1st and even 14th Amendment litigation altogether – the “intellectual feast” Bork had referred to – how clever can one be in allowing a case to be heard or else barring it under one of the foregoing pretenses

  12. Interesting – there’s a US S Ct 1st Amendment case involving such a city – Burger/Rehnquist allowed the decision to stand and actually gave lip service to it in several of their notorious rulings which annihilated 14th Amendment and the 1st Amendment protections – being vague enough to allowed lower level fascists to proclaim everything private property and thus proscribed from hearing such issues under the 14th Amendment or else protected from suit under the 11th Amendment. 1st Amendment protections were afforded because the place had all of the attributes of a public municipality except that it was privately owned – so maybe these new guys cut a deal with the Chief Justice and Lord Scalia so that they can provide prtence for the lower level fascisti to put an end to all 1st and even 14th Amendment litigation altogether – the “intellectual feast” Bork had referred to – how clever can one be in allowing a case to be heard or else barring it under one of the foregoing pretenses

  13. There’s nothing new about company towns. And this one is probably way more pleasant than most.

  14. There’s nothing new about company towns. And this one is probably way more pleasant than most.

  15. Ironaddict06 | Nov 17, 2010 at 5:56 pm |

    Yep.

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