Internet InfoMedia the billionaires secret plan to solve californias housing crisis

For years, a mysterious company has been buying farmland on the outskirts of Silicon Valley, eventually putting together a plot twice the size of San Francisco.

At every step, those behind the company kept their plans for the land shrouded in secrecy. Conor Dougherty, an economics reporter at The Times, figured out what they were up to.


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Conor Dougherty, an economics reporter for The New York Times.

On a cloudy day, a man and a women are walking through a field with red barns in the background.
Some farmers in Solano County, Calif., say that aggressive tactics were used to persuade them to sell their land.Aaron Wojack for The New York Times

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