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A new city is being planned in the USA. It is being planned by a billionaire who wants to build a city of the future. The plan is to build the city in the desert and name it Telosa. It will be an environmentally friendly city where no regular cars are allowed. People will travel on bikes, by walking, on scooters, or by electric self-driving cars. The planners want to open the city in 2030 and have 5 million residents by 2050.

It will cost $25 billion to start construction on the city. The planners then expect this number to go to over $400 billion before the city is completely finished. The city will be designed so that people can quickly access everything they need within 15-minute. This type of city is called a 15-minute city, where people have everything they need within a 15-minute walk or bike ride. The goal is for people to have access to work, school, grocery stores, and other essential services within the 15-minute limit.

The planners say this is possible because of how the city will be built. Most cities and projects of this size are built to sell houses and properties. However, Telosa will be built differently. The planners say they will be able to plan the city to be better for people because they will not sell the land. People will be able to have homes but they will not be able to own the land under them. This means the city will have more control. The first step for the project is to find a place to start building the city. The planners are starting to do that now.

Difficult Words

Billionaire (n): A person with at least a billion (1,000,000,000) dollars or other currency.

Environmentally (adv): Relating to nature and how people affect the world.

Resident (n): A person living in a certain city or country.

Construction (n): Buildings or other structures being built.

Essential (adj): Very important.

Property (n): Buildings or homes for sale or being bought.

Activities

For listening practice, listen to the recorded article here:

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Match the Synonym!

 1. Billionaire A. About nature.
 2. Environmentally B. A person with $1,000,000,000.
 3. Resident C. Building
 4. Construction D. Local
 5. Essential E. Important

True or False?

1. A new city is being planned in the UK. T / F

2. A billionaire is planning the new city. T / F

3. The new city will cost lesson than $1 million. T / F

4. Telosa will be a 30-minute city. T / F

5. Telosa will not sell its land. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. being / new / is / city / A / planned

2. travel / bikes / People / will / on

3. cost / It / will / construction / start / to / $25 billion

4. is / a / city / called / This / 15-minute / type / of / city

5. means / city / have / This / more / will / the / control

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

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ExpectTypeDesert
PossibleAccessLand

A new city is being planned in the USA. It is being planned by a billionaire who wants to build a city of the future. The plan is to build the city in the (1)_________ and name it Telosa. It will be an environmentally friendly city where no regular cars are allowed. People will travel on bikes, by walking, on scooters, or by electric self-driving cars. The planners want to open the city in 2030 and have 5 million residents by 2050.

It will cost $25 billion to start construction on the city. The planners then (2)________ this number to go to over $400 billion before the city is completely finished. The city will be designed so that people can quickly access everything they need within 15-minute. This (3)_______ of city is called a 15-minute city, where people have everything they need within a 15-minute walk or bike ride. The goal is for people to have (4)________ to work, school, grocery stores, and other essential services within the 15-minute limit.

The planners say this is (5)__________ because of how the city will be built. Most cities and projects of this size are built to sell houses and properties. However, Telosa will be built differently. The planners say they will be able to plan the city to be better for people because they will not sell the land. People will be able to have homes but they will not be able to own the (6)________ under them. This means the city will have more control. The first step for the project is to find a place to start building the city. The planners are starting to do that now.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think of this story?
4. Have any cities recently been built from scratch in your country?
5. Should all cities have a 15-minute design?
6. How far do you have to travel to essential places (work, school, stores, hospitals, etc.)?
7. Is your city eco-friendly?
8. Would you like to live in a city like Telosa?
9. Do you think a city like Telosa will ever be built in your country?
10. Do you think all cities will be like Telosa one day?
11. Do you like the city you live in?
12. Is there anything you don’t like about your city?
13. Is the cost of Telosa worth it?
14. Is it a good idea to have residents share ownership of a city’s land?
15. Would you like to be part of important decisions and the budgeting process of your city?
16. What do you think about Telosa banning fossil-fuelled-cars?
17. Do you think all cities will ban gas and diesel cars some day?
18. Has your city changed a lot in the past 20 years?
19. Do you think Telosa will be a success?
20. Do companies test autonomous cars in your country?