‘Coal miner town situation’: Elon Musk’s reported plan to build ‘utopia’ worker town fires up locals

Central Texans who spoke with Fox News criticized Elon Musk’s reported plans to build a utopian-like city that would provide housing for Austin-area employees, with two saying it reminded them of doomed mining communities.

“This looks spooky, like old mining towns,” Roxanne, who moved to Bastrop County four years ago, she told Fox News.

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Tasha, also from Bastrop County, agreed.

“We turn back the clocks and do like in a coal miner’s town,” said the mother Fox News.

Musk is said to be planning to build his own town in Bastrop County near two of the facilities of his companies, SpaceX and the Boring Company, The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month, citing land registries and people familiar with the plan. Musk has reportedly described his vision of the future city, called Snailbrook, as a kind of Texas utopia where his employees can live and work, according to the magazine.

Elon Musk has reportedly purchased thousands of acres of land in Bastrop County, Texas, as part of a plan to incorporate his town.

Elon Musk has reportedly purchased thousands of acres of land in Bastrop County, Texas, as part of a plan to incorporate his town. (Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

Michelle, who moved to the Bastrop area last year, was skeptical.

“Utopia looks so scary,” she told Fox News. “If you … read books, utopia is usually not at all as presented at all.”

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The city will reportedly include an already established housing site next to a building under construction Boring corporate facility. A flag spotted Tuesday at the site, which will include modular homes and recreational spaces, reads “Hello, snailbrook, TX, est. 2021.”

A flag reads at a site next to a Boring Co. facility.  in Bastrop, Texas "Hi there, snailbrook, tx, est.  2021."

A sign at a site next to The Boring Company’s facility in Bastrop, Texas, reads “Hi, Snellbrook, Texas, incorporated in 2021.” (Gabriel Reyes/Fox News)

The community will also welcome it Tesla operators, headquartered in nearby Austin, hoping to offer them newly constructed homes at below-market rents.

“I hope the people who live in those homes and in this community don’t get caught up in the things that I’ve seen in those kinds of planned communities,” Tasha told Fox News. “Basically, they become your indentured servants because they have no way out.”

Elon Musk's Snailbrook residence, located near the Boring Company facility, is pictured March 13, 2023, in Bastrop County, Texas.

Elon Musk’s Snailbrook residence, located near the Boring Company facility, is pictured March 13, 2023, in Bastrop County, Texas. (Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

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Erin, who runs a farm overlooking SpaceX A facility under construction, she said she felt Musk was “destroying” the surrounding pristine countryside to build his ambitious new town.

“Here he says there will be a utopia in the street,” she told Fox News. “Well, there really is one.”

None of Musk’s companies responded to a request for comment.

To hear more locals riff on Musk’s announced plan to build a utopia in Texas, click here.

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