Hello! Sorry for not having an update since the middle of August. I was in Santa Barbara, California for 10 days then I came back and started school which was last week! Hopefully I can get back into the grove of things and update more frequently!
Last time we were in Auburn, she was in the mist of a large population boom. AS the first couple thousand people arrived into the harbor to call Auburn their new home, the city quickly began to widen (1) Harbor Blvd running east-west and (2) Broadway which is Auburn's longest street that runs north-south. Other projects included rezoning for higher density buildings and adding a park in back of City Hall. Before major construction happened, downtown looked as such:
City Council approved the steet widening project with a vote of 5-2. After the approval by the city government, city surveyors quickly began to survey the existing area and draw up plans for a street expansion. The area before construction began:
Two weeks after the plans and drawings were finished, the city began to transform its major downtown streets from a two lane road to four lane avenue. The city hired refugees that had just arrived in the city's major port. An estimated 3400 workers were used which made this project run smoothly. Construction began:
Unfortunately, several downtown buildings stood in the way of the project. The city was forced to use eminent domain to secure lots that needed to be torn down in order to expand Broadway:
Within a couple of months of construction, which turned downtown streets into a living nightmare for commuters and residents alike, the street expansion project was complete!
City planners argued wheather or not, Broadway should have been placed under of above the freeway. A vote was cast among a group of city planners who sprearheaded the project. The decision to go underground was won 3-2:
A new park behind City Hall gave the residents around the Civic Center some much needed green space. The Churchill neighborhood(named for the small hill that the Baptist church is perched on) was happy to see a new space for recreation:
With all the new construction going on, City Hall approved construction of three new buildings within the downtown core. the first and third builds went up within a matter of several months. The last building took about ten months to complete.
The building on the left is home to the Taylor, Taylor and Hon Law Firm which employees and estimated 1,900 workers. The middle building is home to the newly established Center City Development Corporation or CCDC for short, which was created to oversee all downtown projects. Finally, The builing on the right is home to the HSBC Bank and is the national headquarters in the Republic of Columbia.
Within a year of hard work, a small two week strike over food processing and with the help of thousands of workers, a new city skyline was born:
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