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America Compared Gridded Lives

America Compared Gridded Lives






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    • Jose M Cantera History 141 Arguello 5/6/2009
      • Karaganda is a city that seems to be based off of a roman military camp.
      • The City is created on a grid. It has wide open spaces and straight lines.
      • The city was built by convicts.
      • BY 1939 the city had 100,000 inhabitants.
      • After Joseph Stalin died in 1953 the city was given amnesty and the walls removed.
      • The city is based of a straight forward blueprint of parallel roads and buildings.
      • The city is not economically devastated or run with corruption as most people would expect.
      • Instead the city can be easily observed by a sidewalk.
      • Prison barracks have been removed and houses built instead.
      • The city was able to thrive by itself being built by a community of convicts.
      • Billings Montana greatly resembles Karaganda.
      • Billings is a railroad city and can be navigated without a map.
      • Billings was made into a grid because of its location in a vast landscape.
      • Both cites were similar even though one had been a prison and the other had been a economic based foundation.
      • Several historians see similarities in the democratic America and the communist Soviets.
      • The Cold War created tensions an debates over which government form was better. When analyzed it is seen that both sides are similar.
      • Most of the land in central Asia and north America were mostly agricultural communities. There were no major cities until the invention of the steam engine and the railroads.
      • With the start of the industrial age cities like Karaganda and Billings were able to hold urban communities.
      • Similar displacement of indigenous people is seen in both cities and their surrounding areas.
      • Both cities were in a rush to acquire land, water, minerals, and crops to aid in their expansion.
      • The form of developmental growth influenced both cities to grow in a grid pattern that was most suitable for their expansion.
      • The land in which Billings stands was once considered worthless.
      • Settlers that came in started a small town next to the closest river expecting the railroad line to come through their so they could export their goods.
      • Instead the railroad company decided to settle in the land were the company owned twice as much land.
      • Billings bought off several parts of the land and began to sell it for $4 an acre in hopes of starting a new town.
      • The city was advertised as a future grand city.
      • In Karaganda a different but similar process occurred in the development of the city.
      • Several people soon bough land their either to live or for profit.
      • Karaganda was finally founded as a city in 1930.
      • When the railroad finally arrived in 1931 it brought supplies and geologist to begin building the city.