The coolest town of all time is about to be built, and no one will live in it. A scientific ghost town that cost a billion dollars will soon be built in New Mexico as a testing ground for futuristic technologies. It won't only look futuristic like this accidental ghost town, it actually will be.
However hard you work on the next great tech innovation in your underground volcano lair, there's still going to be a point at which you need to test it out in the "real world." But rather than risk your latest discovery running amok and killing a bunch of people, there will soon be a fully operational but totally empty city in New Mexico for you to experiment with.