A walled city that's 105 miles long, just over 2 football fields wide, as tall as the Empire State Building, under the rule of an oppressive government, housing 9 million people...
What could go wrong?
Welcome to The Line aka Neom.
Construction is already underway. So, if everything goes as planned, there could be 1.5 million people living in The Line by 2030. They'll be citizens but, I prefer to call them prisoners. Look at the thing, it's basically one giant prison.
All of these promotional 3D renders for The Line remind me of Chinese communist propaganda.
I love flipping through my book on Chinese propaganda posters. And, when I do, I get the same feeling as when I look through these Neom renders. Everything looks so ideal. Everyone's healthy, happy, well-fed, and free. The landscapes are clean, lush, and abundant. It can almost make you think, "that doesn't look so bad". But, we all know these marketing ploys are nowhere near reality. Not even close. Like, what about all the people that have to live on the lower levels? Do they ever get to smell fresh air or feel and see sunlight? Would they ever be allowed to visit the upper levels? What about all of us who make it a full time job to avoid most people? In The Line, you're trapped in a giant wall with them. Nightmare fuel.
in a regular neighborhood feels too dense for my health condition. The Line makes those spaces look excessively spacious. Every day, I think about how I can't wait to buy land where there are no neighbors. I'm tired of smelling everyone. But in The Line, I would be fucked.
Speaking of being fucked, I think suffering from MCS would be the least of ones problems. As, off the top of my head, I can think of an array of nightmare scenarios that could easily be reality in The Line.
That list is only what I could come up with off the top of my head.
I'm sure there are situations that could occur beyond my wildest nightmares. And, I also think of scenarios that aren't malicious but unfortunate. Like, what if the trains malfunctioned and food couldn't be distributed along the line? Planes could crash into it. Or, a pandemic could hit. Are there earthquakes in that region? I know, natural disasters can hit anywhere and do damage, it just seems like those events would be a hell of a lot scarier being trapped in a giant glass prison.
Well, aside from all the ways this could disturbingly go wrong, I love the idea of creating more comfortable housing in land that is fairly inhospitable. It could be giving people a chance to have a home that otherwise possibly couldn't. Although there are tribal people currently living there and they're being displaced, sometimes even murdered for this project. That part is pretty messed up. But, the Saudi leaders don't seem to care much about that...
Moving on, it does look cool. Like a giant art installation piece. I can't help but wonder how they'll keep it clean. And, what about the glare from the sun? Could this thing start a giant fire? There I go again, back to the worst-case scenarios.
The other thing I like about it is how insanely dystopian, bizarre, and enormous this undertaking is and well, as long as I don't have to live there, I'm utterly fascinated to see how this all plays out. It almost feels so surreal that it seems like reality has become a dark sci-fi movie. The part of me that loves mind blowing weirdness is here for the spectacle. Like, there very easily could be people born in The Line that die there after living inside it their whole lives, never once leaving and touching the Earth with their own two feet.
I don't want to wish anything bad on the 9 million future residents of Neom, but I can't see much good in their future.
Hi, I'm Dana.
I love art, design, vintage goods, healthy living, and weirdo fringe stuff.
I design wallpaper and textiles under the name Dolphin & Condor.
I have my own line of pillows based on the periodic table called Element Pillows.
I have an ugly Christmas sweater shop called My Ugly Sweater.
I edit and sell vintage photos under the handle Photo Trade Co.
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