Sunday, November 14, 2010

Google sketching up a company town?

Google's growth online reflected by expansion in Mountain View - San Jose Mercury News:
Although other valley giants also occupy vast amounts of real estate, Google is growing in a way that is distinct, remaking its surroundings according to its own values. In addition to buying and leasing buildings and squeezing out some of its neighbors, it is prodding the city of Mountain View to transform the area around its headquarters, adding housing and retail to create an environment more like a town center.
From an ahistorical perspective, if you believe Google won't do evil, it sounds fine. The history of company towns though bodes ill. 
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