America Compared Gridded Lives


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America Compared Gridded Lives

  1. 1. Jose M Cantera History 141 Arguello 5/6/2009
  2. 2. <ul><li>Karaganda is a city that seems to be based off of a roman military camp. </li></ul><ul><li>The City is created on a grid. It has wide open spaces and straight lines. </li></ul><ul><li>The city was built by convicts. </li></ul><ul><li>BY 1939 the city had 100,000 inhabitants. </li></ul><ul><li>After Joseph Stalin died in 1953 the city was given amnesty and the walls removed. </li></ul><ul><li>The city is based of a straight forward blueprint of parallel roads and buildings. </li></ul><ul><li>The city is not economically devastated or run with corruption as most people would expect. </li></ul><ul><li>Instead the city can be easily observed by a sidewalk. </li></ul><ul><li>Prison barracks have been removed and houses built instead. </li></ul><ul><li>The city was able to thrive by itself being built by a community of convicts. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Billings Montana greatly resembles Karaganda. </li></ul><ul><li>Billings is a railroad city and can be navigated without a map. </li></ul><ul><li>Billings was made into a grid because of its location in a vast landscape. </li></ul><ul><li>Both cites were similar even though one had been a prison and the other had been a economic based foundation. </li></ul><ul><li>Several historians see similarities in the democratic America and the communist Soviets. </li></ul><ul><li>The Cold War created tensions an debates over which government form was better. When analyzed it is seen that both sides are similar. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>With the start of the industrial age cities like Karaganda and Billings were able to hold urban communities. </li></ul><ul><li>Similar displacement of indigenous people is seen in both cities and their surrounding areas. </li></ul><ul><li>Both cities were in a rush to acquire land, water, minerals, and crops to aid in their expansion. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>The form of developmental growth influenced both cities to grow in a grid pattern that was most suitable for their expansion. </li></ul><ul><li>The land in which Billings stands was once considered worthless. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Instead the railroad company decided to settle in the land were the company owned twice as much land. </li></ul><ul><li>Billings bought off several parts of the land and began to sell it for $4 an acre in hopes of starting a new town. </li></ul><ul><li>The city was advertised as a future grand city. </li></ul><ul><li>In Karaganda a different but similar process occurred in the development of the city. </li></ul><ul><li>Several people soon bough land their either to live or for profit. </li></ul><ul><li>Karaganda was finally founded as a city in 1930. </li></ul><ul><li>When the railroad finally arrived in 1931 it brought supplies and geologist to begin building the city. </li></ul>