The Destiny USA Debacle: What is Destiny USA?

I am publishing a series of posts on the Destiny USA Debacle -- the federally-sponsored Green Bonds project that has failed to incorporate promised green building features.  To read all of the posts at once, you can select the Destiny USA tag.  

In this post, I planned to describe the proposed Destiny USA project and its many features.

I think you will prefer this video.  

Did that remind anyone of Jurassic Park?  

If you prefer a written explanation, this is how the New York Times described the Destiny USA project in 2005:

Robert Congel, a commercial real-estate developer who lives in upstate New York, has a plan to ''change the world.'' Convinced that it will ''produce more benefit for humanity than any one thing that private enterprise has ever done,'' he is raising $20 billion to make it happen. That's 12 times the yearly budget of the United Nations and more than 25 times Congel's own net worth. What Congel has in mind is an outsize and extremely unusual mega-mall. Destiny U.S.A., the retail-and-entertainment complex he is building in upstate New York, aspires to be not only the biggest man-made structure on the planet but also the most environmentally friendly. Equal parts Disney World, Las Vegas, Bell Laboratories and Mall of America -- with a splash of Walden Pond -- the ''retail city'' will include the usual shops and restaurants as well as an extensive research facility for testing advanced technologies and a 200-acre recreational biosphere complete with springlike temperatures and an artificial river for kayaking.

That is Destiny USA.

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Baltidome - February 25, 2011 8:49 AM

One step forward, two steps back. The man has the power to raise 20 billion dollars and this is what he's doing with it?

Daniela - February 25, 2011 12:09 PM

This actually reminds me more of the spaceship on Wall-E than Jurassic Park, but maybe I've just seen that more recently.

It seems like a project this big should be about urban development rather than a separate resort, and that green building features are only a small piece compared to neighborhood scale green features. I don't see anything that strikes me as sustainable in that video.

Chris Weatherly - May 4, 2011 10:34 PM

Americans can't buy and throw away stuff fast enough. Our culture of consumerism could be the basis for a totally sustainable community in North Carolina that I'd like to call "Trashville, N.C.". Laugh if you wish, but keep reading...

Trashville, N.C. would absorb much of the waste from northeastern cities like; Boston, New York, Philly, Baltimore and be shipped via railway and/ or waterway.

Located near Elizabeth City, NC (Home of an approved large Wind farm), Trashville would become a landfill on top of a swamp that would take advantage of two other renewable energy sources; biomass and methane gas.

Recycled content could be broken down and remanufactured into building materials for LEED projects. The energy required for the manufacturing process would come from on-site renewables (Shaw carpets fuels manufacturing from old worn carpets, something to consider when large rental REITS like "HME" always replace carpets when leases expires...and a good stock considering the housing bubble).

Much of the 100 mile radius of Trashville can be accessed by railway and exists fishing and farming (food), a lagging textile industry (clothing), and sustainable shelter (Google; "Lend Lease Prepares to Build More LEED Homes at Camp Lejeune"). Then throw in no unions, a motivated labor pool (local and discharged veterans), plus the benefits of renewable energy sources, you have the makings for a sustainbale community.

Lets create Trashville for under $10 billion, as they say in New Yawwwwk, "Such a deal".

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