California Great Expectations By: Kyle Pollitt
- Beginning in the 1890s California spent 40 years building an infrastructure that relied heavily on getting water and irrigating the entire state.
- This task included building a 60 mile canal from the Colorado River to the Imperial Valley.
- The canal ruptured, the Imperial Valley was flooded in 1905 and it took almost 2 years to repair the break.
- Other large-scale water projects brought lawsuits and land feuds.
- Roads, bridges, parks, Universities, buildings and plazas were built with beautiful vision and designed by imaginative architects.
- San Diego’s original city planner and landscape architect, John Nolen, envisioned San Diego as the Naples of southern California.
- As the population increased so did the sprawl of homes, banks, cars, churches and military bases.
- The mega state of California could handle it – for a century.