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Old 08-31-2016, 12:20 PM
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Albuquerque started in what is now Old Town in 1706 west of the Rio Grande river. It remained a small village until it started growing east in the 1880's when the railroad was laid east of old town. That area is now downtown and some buildings from that era remain. Albuquerque continued growing east toward the Sandia Mountains and built the University of New Mexico's first building in what was the middle of nowhere in 1889. Route 66 was realigned through what is now Central Ave in 1937. Nob Hill, a popular neighborhood in Albuquerque was laid out as a suburb east of the University between 1925 and 1950. Albuquerque continued to move east and growth exploded after WWII and I-40 (which runs east-west through the middle of the city) and I-25 (which runs north-south through the middle of the city) were completed in the 60's. Eventually the built out grid in the east was competed in the 60's or 70's (I think) and filled in with homes and strip malls for the most part from the 50's-80's (nearly most land in the grid is now filled).

North and South of Downtown is known as the North Valley and thenSouth Valley and where farmland near the Rio Grand. They remain rural and agricultural for the most part (4th st., which runs through the North and South Valleys was once part of Rt 66 before realignment and contains the most development). The neighborhoods developed mostly from the 40's-70's and where built out in the 70's or 80's.

West of the Rio Grande river is where most of the current growth has occurred since the 1980's. Albuquerque is blocked in for development on the east by the Sandia Mountains, the north and south by Indian land (and Kirtland Air Force Base in the South) and in the very far west by Indian land as well (there is enough land in the west to add a second Albuquerque so there is a lot of growth that can still occur west). The "west side" has been growing since the 1960's and Rio Rancho (northwest of Albuquerque) and Albuquerque have grown into each other and development continues growing west and north. Although there is some momentum for infill there is also two huge master planned communities in the works for the South and West. Communities in the east mountains continue to slowly grow as well as south of the Indian land border. Most of Albuquerque's growth has occurred in an auto centric world.

I would love to hear about other cities and how they developed and maybe some of the reasons that growth occurred the way it did. I did this from memory so if anyone has corrections or additions please feel free.
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Old 08-31-2016, 08:40 PM
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I live in Midland, Texas and it was established on the railroad halfway between Dallas and El Paso in 1881.It started out as a ranching community and then oil was discovered in the area in the 1920's.It transformed us into a boomtown and we have had several booms and busts since then.
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Old 08-31-2016, 10:25 PM
Location: Jersey City
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What is today Jersey City was initially home to the Raritan band of Lenape native Americans. In the 1630s, several small Dutch settlements and plantations were established here in what was the Pavonia Patroonship of New Netherland. The first town established here was called Bergen, established in 1660. Fast-forward through English occupation, East Jersey, New Jersey, Revolution, Confederation, and Constitution, and in 1820, the City of Jersey was incorporated, from parts of Bergen Twp and all of Van Vorst Twp.

Jersey thrived through the 19th century as a maritime port and as the terminus of several major railroads. Because Manhattan is an island, and tunneling is very expensive, few railroads had a tunnel connection to the island. For most people traveling from almost anywhere in the US to New York, your train ride ended in here or neighboring Hoboken on e waterfront, and you and your cargo boarded a ferry to Manahttan or Brooklyn. Ellis Island, a few hundred feet off the waterfront here, supplied a steady stream of immigrant labor for the docks, railroads, and factories. Dixon-Ticonderoga pencils, Colgate, and American Can Company were among the major manufacturing companies here in the late 19th-mid 20th century. In 1869-70, the municipalities of Bergen City, Hudson City, and Greenville Twp merged with the City of Jersey to form the "greater" City of Jersey City, covering a total of 14 sq miles with a population of 121k in 1880. Population peaked in 1930 at 316k.

Decline of manufacturing, the rise of suburbanization, white flight, etc., led to the decline of Jersey City through several decades mid-to-late in the 20th century. Starting in the 1980s and accelerating through the 1990s and 2000s, JC has reinvented itself as a desirable place for NYC workers to live, for financial firms' back offices to be located, and for several years after 9/11, as the headquarters of Goldman Sachs. Population bottomed out at about 223k in 1980 and has been on the rise since, estimated at 264k in 2015. What used to be docks and rail yards on the waterfront is now rows of high rise condos, apartments, and office buildings, including a 95-story tower now under construction.
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Old 09-01-2016, 01:16 AM
Location: StlNoco Mo
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From what I have been able to gather, this is how St.Louis was born:

The earliest settlements in the St.Louis area were built by the Mound builders of the Mississippian Culture around 1050. They were either killed off or moved to greener pastures. The next folks to show up were the Sac Fox and Osage Indians. They were doing pretty good up until around the 1760s when the Spanish and French pitched their tents along the Mississippi. The Indians saw that and said to themselves, " There goes the neighborhood." The Indians were told to pack their bags, eminent domain you know. Not long after that, gold was sniffed out in California and St.Louis became the main stop for supplies to all the money grabbing fools from the east. Soon, everyone was building manufacturing plants in St.Louis and St.Louis became the 4th largest city in the United States. We were still big in the early 1900s, we had the Worlds Fair and the first Olympics ever held in the United States. After the 1950s, things started going downhill, We have had some of the worst politicians ever found under a rock, but we'll rise again.
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Old 09-01-2016, 12:27 PM
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Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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Louisville is located at the only natural impasse on the entire 981 miles of Ohio River. All boats had to stop and move freight overland a couple miles around the falls until a canal was built in the mid 1800s. Lewis and Clark established the first permanent European settlement on an island that is now submerged.
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