Babcock Ranch was recently featured on the Washington Post website in a story titled "Running on the Sun." Janine Zeitlin visited Babcock Ranch and got to witness a day-in-the-life at Babcock Ranch on a Friday night.
The autonomous shuttle was parked for the night, but the town square was otherwise hopping. Kids in tie-dyed shirts cartwheeled on a lawn that has a pair of solar trees — free solar charging stations curved into massive green stems. Parents slipped off their shoes and admired the peach-hued southwest Florida sunset over the 300-acre lake. A singer strummed beneath an oak tree at the farm-to-table restaurant.
The Friday scene at this community, billed as the nation’s first solar-powered town, unfolded like a director’s take on an eco-utopia.