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    1915 is a historical year in the history of Los Angeles Metroplitan Area settlements. Because on January 1st, exactly at 2.17 AM was born the 50,000th resident of the LA Metro! The parents and the baby itself are now honorary citizens of the town of San Andreas - the birthplace of the infant. But with that the events continued to pile up in the first week if the year. With the recent increase of the population new adinistration laws and settlement borders are now required to govern the populace.

New pictures of the region at the first entry!

   Since the town of Los Angeles has grown the fastest and now boasts the largest population of the whole region, topping over 15,000 people, she is now upgraded from a "town" to "Minor City". With this improvement the town of Malibu and the small viallge of San Andreas are now included into LA's borders and jurisdiction, thus losing their administrative independency.

A picture of the settlements, cahnging their status:

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   Now LA can truly be called a "City of Angels". With the improving conditions and services in the centre of the City itsleft, there is forming something that deserves the name of "downtown".

An aerial image of the LA Downtown, shot at Free Baloon Day:

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Aspirin4o

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   For the last 5 years the sound of drills, hammers and couring concrete was echoing all across the Chinatown Bay. It caused frequent headaches and migrenes for all of the people liviing in close procimity of the industrial quarter of the town. But now, with a little delay (the prohect was scheduled to end in September.1910) the new Los Angeles Harbour is complete and operational. It was built on a artificial extension of the Bay. The actual filling with dirt and leveling of the dock area took more time than creating the dock itself!

1909 - the bay extension prior to dock construction:

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March.1911 - The Harbour is now operational with it's first break-bulk dock:

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Right next to the harbour a storage tank for oil and a freight station are located, thus allowing much easier load and unload of goods for the local markets.

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An aerial picture of the Los Angeles Harbour complex:

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In 1911 the Chinatown Industrail District is the largest production machine in the South-West of SimNation. The amount of various items made here amount to 135 000 tons of production every year. In every household in the country there is an item, labeled "Made in Chinatown". With the construction of the new harbour a new wave of large and profitable industrial businesses is expected to come to this thriving town.

Part of Chinatown's Industrial District in 1911:

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Aspirin4o

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    Los Angeles is growing confidently into one of the biggest cities on the West Coast. Her rapid growth has been made possible by many great men and women and we are gathered here today to pay our respects for him.

    James Scott Mason, son of Harold Scott Mason and Mary Blithe Mason, was born in 1871 in what was then a single family farm located pretty far away from the little village of Eastside. In 1889 he married Emily James Espenson, the youngest daughter of John Frederick Espenson, the owner of John's Tools and Thingies, the biggest shop in Eastside. Right about that time, the Eastern Railway Grand Line was being constructed, and it passed right through Eastside. James joined the project as simple builder, but soon his natural intelligence and quickness of the mind raised him to the position of a brigade leader. He worked at the rairoad till it was finished, in 1898. But while the young James was working on the task of connecting the developing region of Los Angeles to the SimWorld, old grandpa Mason died in 1895, and just a month after the railrway completion, in July, grandma Mason fowolled him. That way, James Mason was now the owner of Mason's Flower Fields.

     He and mS. mason led an uneventful life, filled with flowers, gullable tourist buying them and a lot of kids. But, in November 1909, the wind of change knocked on Mason's door once again. His farm was scheduled to become a suburbian heaven.

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    James and Emily had seen this turn of events long ago. Both were prepared for the inevitable. And so, in the middle of December, 1909 Mason Flowers were no more.

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    On 19.December.1909 according to the train ticket, James S.Mason and Emily J.Mason left Eastside with the Chinatown-eastside express.

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    Now we make a little detour. The Chinatown-Eastside express is part of the Malibu-Eastside rail line, the main artery, transporting people, mail and goods between all towns of LA, and exporting or importing these thing out to SimNation. Since the part between Eastside and Chinatown goes through the Santa Monica mountains, it provides great views for the ones riding the train. The only stop in the one-day journey is at the small villlage of Santa Monica, located at the only relatively flat piece of ground in the whole mountains:

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   Once the Masons reached Chinatown, James once again joined the train-contructing bussiness. He was the brigade leader,responsible for building the rail lines crossings - the one rail going to the future Seaport, and the other one - to Malibu.

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   It was here, in Chinatown, that James and Emily first tasted the city life - in a small 2-story house, called "Mason's Mansion" by the local kids.

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Except his extremely responsible duty at the rail construction site, James also joined Chinatown's Farm School of Crops - the only educational facility in the LA Metro area, dedicated solely to creating farmers and crop-growers. There he served as a profesor of "Growing Hard Crops andBoosting Agriculture Input" at a part-time basis.

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Mason (the one on the left edge of the picture) with his class of 1909/1910:

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With the ending of the school year of 1910 in March, and with the completion fo the Railway Port Extension, the Masons were on the move again - this time they settled in the center of Los Angeles Area - the administrative town of LA itself. As both James and Emily had their sweet memories from the time spent with the students, they settled right across the Los Angeles High School of Learning.

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    This time it was time for Emily Manson to demonstrate her skills and ability to thrive in the busy center. She contacted her relatives in the area, and just after 3 monts, the Mason saw themselves proud owners of a Retail Stores right next to the Police Station. Here James S.Manson can finally rest and enjoy his well-deserved pension. 2 of his 4 kids are students at Chinatown's Farm School of Crops, one is married and has a family of his own, and the youngest one is now enrolled into one of the Los Angeles' finest Junior Schools.

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    The towns of Los Angeles wish to thank this noble man for all of his hard work and efforts put into upgrading the quality of life. everywhere his footsteps took him. He is now awarded with the honour of "Honorary citizen of Los Angeles". We hope that his bright life will be example for many of our younger citizens and they will help the region as much as he has.

James S.Mason, the towns of Los Angeles want to say to you: "Thank You!"

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Eastside Expands West

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   The construction of the I2 is well under way and the road is expected to be finished in the middle of the next year. The people of Eastside are constructing the end of the road since the beginning of the project and are now nearing the West side of the Santa Monica mountains. At the foothills of the mountains the roads from Los Angeles and Eastside will connect and form the finished Interstate Road 2.

   Together with all this construction, the town of Eastside is growing larger and larger - with 8000+ residents she is aproaching the "Minor City" mark. But the farms around the town are rapidly being eaten by the residential zones and the heavy industry of the town. The farms soon reached the end of Eastside's administrative area. So the decision was to create a satelite village eastwards of Eastside. It would be populated with farmers and rural lovers who do not want to live in the growing Eastside with her complicated lifestyle. In the great geographical manner that gave Eastside her name, the satellite village was named... Westside.

The town of Eastside and neighbouring villages:

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   The first priority in the new village was the farms - so they were constructed at the beginning, and after the first harvest was collected the construction of the village itself could start.

First farms in the area (Dec.1908):

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Despite being small, compared to the other towns in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area

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Westside still needs a mayor. And with a beautiful mansion on top of that:

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   Many of the people living in Westside still work in Eastside. So they must go everyday to their respective jobs and work to boost the sprawl of the town they left.

The fastest and the cheapest way to do that is via the train:

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   Now, Westside harbors lettle over 1500 residents and is one of the greatest areas to live in the whole of Los Angeles Metro. The clean air and healty, natural lifestyle led here attracts a lot of visitors. And a big part of those visitors decide to stay and to aid the community. but this poses another problem - with all those newcomers and and in the same time being so close to the rapidly expanding Eastside, Westside is in real danger of one day becoming what it was build to escape from - busy, growing, noisy, dirty settlement on the way to become Huge Metropolis.

Westside, 1909:

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Aspirin4o

Riots, Roads and Rails

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 The rail connection to Eastside and the Eastern Railway Grand Line is way under way and is making good progress. The rail will be accompanied by the Interstate Road 2 (I2). After the completion of the project, all of LA's settlements will finally be connected together. The rail and the road are passing between the Santa Monica mountains and the ocean shore, providing breathtaking views for the drivers. I2 and the rail can be seen on the map below.

There are quite few tunnels on both the rail and the road, so they dissapear from the map on some places:

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The city council is quite optimistic that the road and the rail will be completed by the end of the next year. But this is not the only change in the LA Metro area. The towns too have upgraded and developed. First, let's mention that now all of the houses in all of the towns have fresh water supply.


 

A shot of Eastside's centre and water tower:

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The case with Chinatown's water tower is much different.

Soon after it's construction in 1904 the tower could not provide enough water to all of the industry and houses

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so in 1905 additional, bigger one was erected. Here we see the both towers in the upper and down corners of the picture:

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Now, finally the mayor of Chinatown could enjoy freash water for his bath and his little pond. No longer the maids have to run for water to the ocean and then pour it into the pumping system of the pond.

The water pipes

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and the now watered mayor's house:

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The citizens of Malibu were privileged with large water tower form the begining. It was constructed right next to the Farmer's Market:

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Malibu saw fit that now that she had water supply, the Town Hall must be Improved. The fields around it were destroyed and replaced with rural development - a park, commercial zone, and houses.

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The development report ends with the Town of Los Angeles itself. Since LA is now supplied with free oil, Gas Stations are sprouting everywhere. The town even withnessed some big corporation opening their Gas Stations on the main street. This does not bring good news to the owners of small, rural gas stations.


Mr. Kreszky's gas station, dwarfed by the LukOil behemoth Station:

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In addition to that, to celebrate the new 1907, on New Year's Eve, the citizens of Los Angeles rioted! Apparently it all started when some drunk bums tryied to rob the Mobil Gas Station. The staff defended themselves with shotguns and crowbars. Attracted by the noise, local citizens joined the action. Soon the things got out of hand.

The mob:

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Property damage for thousands of Simoleons was inflicted:

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The government was forced to send out the best of the newly formed Police Force to deal with the rioters:

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By the end of January 1st the order was restored and the town could return to normal. The council and the citizens of LA wish to express their gratitude and respect to the police, for doing such a fine job on the New Year's Vandalizations. Thank you, boys!

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Seas and Ports

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  With complete mutual consent of the whole LA council, it it agreed that building a port will be too cost expensive at this point and time. So, the only other desicion left, is to link the existing rails in Los Angeles Basin with the Eastern Railway Grand Line at Eastside. But, since the engineering of a port in Chinatown has already began, the council has decided to reveal the plans for the port to the public and to give it to be concessed. In other words, companies enter a competition and give offers to build the port at their expense. The town council will choose the one they think is fulfilling all of the conditions for effective seaport. After completion, the selected company will own the port land for 5 years and manage all trade through the seas. With the completion of the rail extension to Eastside, the construction of the Chinatown Seaport will begin.

Chinatown designated port space:

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The port will be build in the Chinatown bay.

The shore is largely unused, leaving just enough space for a port installment:

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After announcing the concession, a hanfull of companies proposed their projects for a port. It took some rigourous filtering, but finally, two final plans were selected.

The first one is simple and uses the existing infrastrucure in the town:

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The second one is quite complex and requires  a lot of investment and terraforming. It includes a drect rail link, and leveled long bay, giving room for future expansions and improvements.

While undoubtly it is much more expensive, it is the one with much more potential for future growth:

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Well, the decision where the port have to be build, does not require any imminent answer right now, as the rail is much more important, the time will come when one of the two projects must be chosen. Now everything rests on you, councilors.

Here are some numbers:

Plan A

cost ~15000

time ~5,5 years

new jobs 230 $; 50 $$; 10 $$$

income from tax ~9500 per year

Plan B

cost ~27000

time ~7 years

new jobs 270 $; 65 $$; 13 $$$

income from tax ~11000 per year

Aspirin4o

Oil - Connecting People

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  Approaching the end of 1906, the citizens of Los Angeles saw the completion of the first road connection between the towns. Interstate Road 1 (I1) is spanning between Malibu and Sun Valley, crossing Los Angeles and Chinatown. The planning and estimating of the future continuation of I1 to Eastside is curently in progress.

Interstate Road 1, connecting all towns in the Los Angeles Basin:

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Of course, it is well known that this road and the accompaning railway extension were constructed for faster shipping of oil and more rapid connection between Sun Valley (and particulary Rising Sun Oil inc.) and the rest of LA. Still, corporate interests bring development and new opportunities to the towns of Los Angeles, so everyone is happy. The I1 was completed in record speed - just little under 3 years, while the completion of the region's first railroads required 7!

Now, lets take a closer look at some interesting parts of the I1.

The first thing we notice is, that opposite of the railroads which require extremely straight tracks with the minial amount of curves, the Interstate Road is actually much more bendy and curvy - almost like a river.

I1, just after leaving Malibu:

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After that, it follows almost a straight route to Los Angeles, and then leaving to Chinatown.

But when entering into Chinatown Town Borders, the I1 is creating some very interesting shapes. The reason for them is that the road has to go up a hill. So, for traffic to maintain the high speeds on the Interstate, it has to climb the hill gradually:

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Soon after that I1 leaves Chinatown's borders and heads North to Sun Valley:

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Now is the time to mention the upgrade of the Chinatown-Malibu Connection Rail - it was extended in order to reach Sun Valley.

The extension was cheap:

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Only few farms had to be cleared and buldozed:

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The Interstate and the railroad are soon joined when entering Sun Valley.

But just before reaching the Santa Monica mountains, they split again:

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The rail goes West, through the lower parts of the mountain,

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and the road heads East, around the hills:

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Here the I1 ends - it becomes the main street of Sun Valley, ending abruptly in the fields north of the town.

But the rail goes a bit more - it splits into the industrial area and into the central part of the town:

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The power plant had to be relocated in order for the rail and the train station to be build:

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It was not the most cost-effective way, but the town is rich enough to afford it and they even planted a plaza in front of the station.

Thus, the transportation and shipment of the precious oil can begin. But there is still more work to be done. Experts predict that till the end of 1910 the oil produced by Rising Sun Oil will be 5 times more than the estimated oil need in Los Angeles. That poses in front of the LA city council the question how to find a way to distribute the Rising Sun Oil inc. oil around SimNation. And it needs an answer fast.

*The LA City Council is currently issuing a statement, that it is accepting all proposals and suggestion from the councilors and enginners who may be reading this, about the problem with the shipping of RSO's (Rising Sun Oil) products across the region's borders.*

Aspirin4o

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*a little sidenote from the author*

  First, sorry for the delay for this entry, but I was busy expanding the towns in the LA region. With that being said, now I think I have quite the material for the next few entries.

  Secondly, I've done some research on LA early history and I was amazed at some of the things, happened over there in the years. And some of these events will be included in this journal, when the time is right.

  And finally, the first of these events comes now! Actually, it's not a historical event, as much as using LA's natural resources.

*end of the sidenote*

  With all the changes that happened to the towns in Los Angeles Administrative Region in the past 20 years, the population and wealth of the region boomed. It was only a matter of time before LA was marked on the map as important beacon on the West coast. And the breakthrough came sooner than expected, and from an unexpected area as well. Mr. Samuel Blakey, a logger, living on the southern slopes of Santa Monica mountains (picture of the mountains around LA here - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Wpdms_shdrlfi020l_santa_ana_mountains.jpg ) was hunting for game on the northern side of the mountain, when suddenly, he stumbled upon a natural cavern, releasing bad-aired smoke. Under the constantly released smoke, he spotted something that amazed him to the core of his heart - black bubbling liquid, shining like black gold in the moments when the sun light briefly shines through the trees. Mr. Blakey found oil.

  He quickly realised the importance of his discovery and rushed home. From then, he trekked from his lodge down to Chinatown. There he boarded the train for Los Angeles. Mr. Blakey  had a plen - he would mine oil! The city council was exalted to hear of the precious find (and after a telegram message to the Capitol so was the president) and quickly gave Blakey the need financial loan, and their promise that, if the oil deposits prove to be large and sufficient to sustain an oil produsing industry, he will get exclusive trading rights and reduced taxes in whole of SimNation.

proposed place for the oil dig:

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Blakey lost no time and headed out for Sun Valley immediately. With him there was a group of specialists and workers, just enough so he can start mining oil without delay.

At first, nothing at the valley showed any signs that underneath it there was oil:

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but soon, the harvesting began:

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  As soon as the first oil bursted out of the ground a loud cheer echoed through the workers. A bottle of champagne was opened and "Rising Sun Oil" was found.

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A recreation of the first oil burst:

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  After just three months of harvesting oil, it was already known that the amount of oil under the moutain is huge, and of the best quality, to boost. The government specialists, now armed with proof that the dig is worth investing in, rushed to LA to deliver their reports. In 2 weeks the answer came:

  Mr. Blakey was now an exclisive deliverer of oil for the entire East coast. LA agrees to lend him financial support, as well to build the infrastructure needed for the transportation of the oil throughout the region. Mr. Blakey agrees to take full responsibility in transporting the oil to the predetermined oil storage tanks. They must be build by Rising Sun Oil company.

The gathering of oil started with full force.

The oil dig flare stack was expanded with a brand new refinery:

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And sims were now moving for permanent in the newly founded town of Sun Valley:

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The town has it's own steam power plant, since all of the power of the already build coal one is used for the Oil refinery:

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Not long after that, industrial factories and smelters appeared, hoping to make the best of the new resource:

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In the middle of March 1904, Rising Sun Oil began construction of their first oil storage tank, and the correspondening oil pipeline from the refinery to the tank.

It was completed in 13 weeeks time:

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A word arrived from LA, that a railroad, parallel with an asphalted road will be constructed to Sun Valley, so that the transportation and distributing of the oil can begin.

Sun Valley, June 1904:

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*With the expansion of Rising Sun Oil, Mr. Blakey is in dire need of capable people for the board of directors. Any reader who is interested, can apply and will be personally interviewed by Samuel Blakey himself - President and owner of Rising Sun Oil inc.*

*P.S. The places are only 4 at this point.*

*P.S.S. Special thanks goes to Decius, for his outstanding Rising Sun Oil rafinery, pipeline and oil sets. (available on the STEX)*

Aspirin4o

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 With the significant increasi in both size, population and production of all three towns in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area, the need for an administrative center of the region waas felt across the plains. So the goverment took matters in their own hands and ordered for the building of the town of Los Angeles. It would be located right between Chinatown and Malibu - just at the centre of the region. It was the prefect location for the administrative heart of LA.

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Construction began in early 1901, starting from the railway:

January 1901:

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and south to the shore.

spring 1901:

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Los Angeles quickly grew up filled with rich government representatives, as well with ordinary working sims.

winter 1901:

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 Los Angeles is up to this point the most comfortable for living - she has water, adequate fire coverage, city hall to take care of matters, and the biggest comercial disctrict in a 100 mile radius.

The water tower, pride of LA:

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the City Hall, where fat gentlemans in tailcoats disscuss important development issues:

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the fire brigade, located right against the fields, which burn so easily in the summer heat:

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and lastly, the Rich men's neighborhood, where all the councilors (and the mayor) have mansions:

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Since Los Angeles is located between Chinatown and Malibu, she became a hub for their trade - so all the best stuff that the towns had to offer, can be found in LA. That triggered large commercial expansion, even at the cost of some of the residents.

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The change to commercial services brought many new technologies to LA - like the first ever gas stations!

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And the first medium-wealth shop in Los Angeles Metro (the big one):

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Since the town could fulfill all of her industry demand from trade with other towns, the industrial quarter is much smaller and undeveloped compared with the other town's major industries.

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In the middle of the second year of existing, LA is now the cemmercial and administrative hub for the region and is facing a bright future ahead of her. Boasting her proud 2972 sitizens and counting, Los Angeles can definetly hope one day to became a world-known metropolis.

June 1902:

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P.S. There are now region views available on the first entry to give you a feeling how the region is developing.

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Made in Chinatown

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 it is the year 1901 and three and a half years have passed since the completion of the first two railroads in Los Angeles. All three towns have profited from the increased trade and traffic, but the one who developed the most, is Chinatown. He is now the officially registered as a "minor town" in the federal archives. The town has almost doubled its size and is now housing more than 6200 residents. So let's take a closer look at Chinatown and the progress he's made till now.

 In just three short years the farmers in Chinatown cultivated most of the plains in the town's administrative area and proposals are heart for expanding even beyond.

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Chinatown in the eve of 1898:

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The ones who capitalized on Chinatown's rapid growth are the industry owners. The industry district of the town is now double it's previous size and is producing a variety of quality products - from fertilizers for the rafmers to glass for the shop's broken window displays.

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But even though the industrial sector is stimulating population growth, it brings various problems to the table - air and water pollution, crime, and...industrial waste. Piles of junk and garbage heve been spotted on the corners of the streets and in front of people's homes.

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This callled for a immediate action and the new town council (the town elders from before, now officially appointed) reacted fast.

A location was found for a city dump

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and by the end of year 1900 it was complete and functioning.

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  Another problem presented itself in front of the council roughly at the same time the dump was being constructed. The traffic at the edge of the town had become so bad, that crashes were occuring very day.

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The street was quickly closed and just for three weeks the road construction teams replaced it with brand new shiny road, with stoplights.

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The other end of the road was upgraded as well:

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 The rapid growth of the population forced some of the farmers to sell their farms to the government, so taht they can be rebuild as beautiful new accomodations for the newcomers.

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And they didn't wait to be asked again

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Just for a year 150 acres of farmland were urbanised and populated with Chinatowners.

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Chinatown in 1901:

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With this, the three-year report on Chinatown end....for now. Being such a prosperous town, new problems are waiting for the council's desicion. And now being upgraded from elders to council, the city government can no longer do what it wishes with the town. It must decide what is best, considering the well-being of the citizens and future generations.

Here is a list of the most imminent problems:

No water in a town of 6200. Limits growth in all aspects of the town;

No schools - simce now there was no real need for the parents to send their kids to school to learn;

No hospitals - every injury in Chinatown is healed by local shamans and healers;

Limited residential space - the town is surrounded from all sides with farms and expansion is made at their cost;

Air  and water conditions - the air is getting worse and worse and in just 10 short years it will be a real problem for the breathing individuals in Chinatown (the same goes for the water from the wells, dug up in the houses back-yards);

So, councilors, the town is awaiting your desicion.

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  Just a month had passed since the construction works had begun at Eastside, a new rail started to take shape. The link between the two west towns was constructed with great spirit and determination. The Chinatown-Malibu Connection Rail was the first major joint operation between the two settlement and as such, there was a great deal of attention and joy in the building process. The Chinatown-Malibu Conn, as the people called it, was progressing rapidly. The places where the Conn would go through were so well chosen that, upon completion there were no angry farmers protesting that their farms are cut off, unlike Eastside.

The Chinatown-Malibu Connection Rail shown on the new region maps:

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Trains would leave every morning from the Malibu Central Station, pass trough Malibu Grain Elevator to load cargo, and head to Chinatown.

After two hours long journey the trains would reach Chinatown Freight Depot, where they load off their goods, and proceed to Central Chinatown Rail Station.

The town of Malibu prior to the rail:

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And after:

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A new street was constructed in order to reach Malibu Central Station. Fortunately, there was no need to destroy farm property.

Then, the rail heads straight to the North and into Chinatown:

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Taking the last turn, before entering Chinatown Prefecture Boundaries:

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The location of the last curve of the rail is made so, as the train makes it, the miles and miles of developed farmland just pop up in front of the passengers. Many of the Malibu residents stay speechles for minutes after seeing such a sight for the first time.

Central Chinatown Rail Station and the end of the rail line:

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Central Chinatown Rail Station, and west of it, Chinatown Freight Depot, the largest freight depot in Los Angeles Metropolitan Area:

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The enthusiasm of the people living in the two towns is high, as now the rail is finished. It took Chinatown five years to finish its part of the rail, while Malibu need seven. This can be explained with the fact that Chinatown has almost 50% more workforce than Malibu. Nevertheless, the Chinatown-Malibu Conn was finished and started operating rail traffic at the second half of 1898. Now the  people can enjoy the wonder of steam powered trains.

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 The purpose of the Eastern Railway Grand Line is to link all of the cities and most of the towns on the East coast. Eastside, being located so close to the planned path of the rail, is thus included in it. The work on the rail began in the first three months of 1891, with heavy machines and engineers rumbling down from North-East.The city provided them with workforce and the clearing and leveling of the terrain began.

 The low mountains north of Eastside made it impossible to pass rail throught them without spending a lot of time and effort, so a new plan was devised. The rail passed right through the most northern farms, located at the very last places of level ground.

An artsit interpretation of the construction works

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Soon the stretches cutting through the farms were finished.

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Farms before building the railroad:

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Farms after building the railroad:

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 Jebedia Ezekeel, a farmer whose farm was demolished beacuse the rail passed right through it was not pleased at all from this development

Mr. Ezekeel's farmland after the rail was completed:

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To compensate mr. Ezekeel's losses, the city generously build a road for him and gave him the money for a new farm. That quickly fixed mr. Ezekeel's spite for the rail and he was even heard of promising to donate a land to the city for building a new park.

However, once the trains started moving on the frasly laid tracks, the farmer's joy quickly turned into anger, as he had to go through the railway crossing everyday and to time his timing perfectly to slip between the 300 trains travelling on the railroad.

Ezekeel's farm, with two trucks, utilizing a pause in the trains schedule:

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 But, as great everything was going, disaster struck. Heated by the enermous summer temperatures, the planks on the top of one of the houses in Eastside cauth fire! At that time there no firemen to battle the flames, so the house burned to the ground. But, as it crumbled to bits, one plank flew out and landed right across the street - at the hay stack! This unfortunate turn of events caused anotherhouse to be lsot to the dires. Withnesses of the disaster could only stay and watch (and one of them took puctures). No one was injured during the incident.

The burning down second house:

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 Fortunatelly, the fire didn't spread to the higly flamabble Industrial district, but this showed the citizens of Eastside the importancy of a proper fire brigade.

And here it is, Eastside's First Anti-fire Squad HQ

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With this small distraction, all eyes were once more turned at the Eastern Railway Grand Line. And seven years after the first dig, the railway, passing through the town was finished, and all the stations were in place.

The rail coming from the Industrial district connects with the main rail:

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 At this time there were no interest in creating a passenger station, all three Eastside stations are freight ones.

First one - industry freight station;

Second and third one - grain silos for storing and easy loading of the agricultural goods.

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Now Eastside is connected with the other major cities on the Coast, and is ready to start it's expansion.

Aspirin4o

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 With the aproaching of the new decade Los Angeles is introduced to a new concept - the railway.

The Federal goverment has decided that it cannot keep its cities separated and has launched a massive railway program. For the last few years there was a real boom of clearing and leveling land, laying tracks and chasing the Indians out of there homelands, all at once. Now this new wave of transportation has reached LA.

 Since Eastside is closest to the already existing railroads, the rails that are going to be installed are funded by the Federal goverment and are running as straight through the farmland in the area as possible. The only thing that the town must pay for, is the extension reaching its industrial quarter, and to provide the workforce for the build.

Layout plan for the Eastern Railway Grand Line, passing through Eastside

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The installment of the new line is causing concern in the other two towns in the plains - Chinatown and Malibu. So, after long and tiring debates over few boxes of Old Tennessee No.7, the town elders have come up with a decision - to build a railtrack between Chinatown and Malibu! But, since this track is not funded by the Federal goverment, the way it is going to pass through the lands is much different.

Layout plan for the Chinatown-Malibu Rail Connection Track, linking the towns

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 As it can be seen from this picture, it will go through some very narrow gaps between the farms, almost without any destruction of crops and farmland.

As soon as this plan is voiced out to the people of both Malibu and Chinatown, it is put in the action. When experts from the capitol come into Eastside for ground evaluation and leveling, they are called quickly into the other two towns, where they can give an expert's opinion about the future rail connection.

Aspirin4o

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Ok, first to sum up - this is not an actual recreation of the city itself, but a natural growth city on the territory of Los Angeles. In fact, in the end it may not have anything in common with the ral city, except the name and loation.

Secondly, this is almost a complete rip-off of CSGdesign's exceptional NATURAL GROWTH Journal, even down to the starting banner :P What can I say, some of us copy everything we see on the net.

And finally, this is my very first City Journal, so bear with me here.

With all that being said, let's move on to the custom content list

1.I'm using great map of Los Angeles Metro made by blade2k5 and Heblem. You can get it by clicking on the picture below

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2.the NAM,combined with SAM, RHW, and Euro-textures (really, an essential for anyone playing the game)

3.Columbus Terrain Mod by CycleDogcombined with PEG's rock and water mods

4.BRF's Tunnel and Slope Mod

5.Radical Ordinance v2.0 by ralphaelninja

6.and a bunch of other BAT's - I will introduce them by the time they appear in the Journal

With all this being listed, let's move on to the satellite pictures

 The area of Los Angeles remained undeveloped for many years nows, with only 3 major settlements in the whole area. They were peacful communities, living off by what they could grow, but around 1880's the Industrial Revolution reached even this remote western end of the States. The earliest written and photographed records of the Los Angeles are few years prior to the building of the railway, when the few heavy industry factories caused a population boom in all of the 3 towns in the area.

 First, a shot of the administrative area of Los Angeles Metropolitan and the location of the 3 towns (recreation)

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 The biggest and most developed of all is the one in the middle, oddly named Chinatown (recreation)

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Sadly, the pictures taken from the air at that time didn't have much contrast and quality (actual footage)

shot taken above the clouds

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and the central part of Chinatown

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 The second major settlement in the area is the remote town of Eastside located....in the most western part of the administrative area. The resident of that time were living in the eatern part of a massive forset, terrorised by  a ferousious pack of racoons and a wild bear constrictor, so they immortalized that in the name of their village

Eastside, in the early 1880s (recreation)

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And a few more shots of the town itself (actual footage)

from afar

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and not so far

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The last of the "three big" is Malibu - located on the east but still not so remote as Eastside

The town (recreation)

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and for the (actual footage)

from the clouds

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sadly, the only picture of Malibu showing the entire town and farmland at that point of time is taken during the night, with lowered visibility, but still provides a valuable imformation for the development level.

and a closer shot

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Malibu is the grain producer of the region, providing more than 60% of the whole grain gain in the 3 towns. This won her the right to have State Fair and a Farmers Market where farmers from all over gather around to gossip about new ways to fertilize the soil. Here is a shot of the Fair itself, taken from a hot-air baloon passing over it.Malibufair.jpg

These were the only three clues about any human presence in the Los Angeles region. But as we follow their development, we will see how they grow or shrink in time.

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And as promised, region views:

year 1901

satellite view:

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trafiic view:

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year 1906

satellite:

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traffic:

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year 1910

satellite:

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traffic:

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year 1915

satellite:

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traffic:

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