Turning TRIC: A Feminist View of Land Tenure from Brothel to Block Chain

Authors: Kerry Rohrmeier*, San Jose State University
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning, Gender, Planning Geography
Keywords: Urban Geography, City Planning, Feminist Geography, Nevada
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 9:35 AM / 10:50 AM
Room: Virtual 23
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The Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center, more commonly referred to as TRIC, in Storey County, Nevada has a storied history indeed. Located just twenty miles east of the California border and spanning more than one hundred thousand acres of arid Great Basin, no other place in America can trace its sequent occupance from the native Paiute people, to the infamous Mustang Ranch brothel, to the largest industrial development in the world. The TRIC political economy is controlled entirely by powerful men who have institutionalized neoliberal federal, state, and local land use policies that exploit women in the planning process. With minimal regulatory entitlements and environmental permitting, TRIC attracts a cadre of Silicon Valley technology elite looking to build grand and build fast, most notably construction of imposing Tesla Gigafactory 1. Future regional expansion plans call for buildout of a 67,000-acre blockchain utopia only furthering inequitable domination of the desert landscape.

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