Elon Musk’s initiatives hardly go unnoticed, either because of how curious, innovative and/or eccentric they can be. Recently, the SpaceX CEO confirmed that he is getting into a new business: building cities.
An announcement of few words that generated a lot of buzz.
Lately, Elon Musk has opted to issue terse messages on Twitter, playing somewhat with the expectations and repercussions generated by his announcements.
Creating the city of Starbase, Texas
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 2, 2021
Just last Tuesday, Musk tweeted about “the creation of the city of Starbase, Texas.” Along with the tweet, in subsequent comments he commented on some other details, among which his remark that the city will admit dogs and its leader will be The Doge, a possible nod to Musk’s favorite cryptocurrency Dogecoin, is striking.
Although Musk plays quite a bit with the joking tone, sowing some mystery in the process, this is about a project that is serious. The Starbase city will be located in the State of Texas, specifically in the area of the village of Boca Chica and its surroundings. In that area, SpaceX’s launch and development site for Starship is located, particularly in an unincorporated community in Cameron County, Texas.
A new lease on life for an old town
In 1967, the town of Boca Chica was badly affected by a hurricane. Although they have electric power, this town still lacks a public water system.
In order for this area to effectively become a city, more paperwork and improvements to the area may be needed. SpaceX, as the anchor company of this project, has already started discussions with local authorities to turn the area into a city.
This ambitious project has already been confirmed by the office of Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño, Jr. In a press release, they stated that “in recent days, SpaceX officially approached Cameron County regarding Elon Musk’s interest in incorporating Boca Chica Village into the city of Starbase, Texas. Earlier today, the Cameron County Commissioners Court was informed of SpaceX’s effort.”
The judge also added that “If SpaceX and Elon Musk would like to pursue this path, they must comply with all state incorporation statutes. Cameron County will process any appropriate petition in accordance with applicable law,” clearing up any doubts about eventual special treatment in the face of this proposal.
Cementing the path to Musk’s dream
The holder of the second largest fortune in the world today is known for his longing to colonize Mars. This project is an important step towards the realization of this project, as it would help turn Texas into the main base of operations for his companies. It is not for nothing that Musk announced that he would move to this state, auctioning off his properties in Los Angeles.
In addition to its launch center in Boca Chica, SpaceX has a rocket test facility in the city of McGregor. Projects in the pipeline include the construction of a manufacturing plant for SpaceX in Austin and a Tesla gigafactory on the outskirts of that Texas city.
Apart from the management facilities that the act of concentrating the activity of Elon Musk’s companies in a particular city would entail, at a legal level, this could generate a spectrum of protection for his businesses, by locating them in a jurisdiction of their own.