Marcus Hiles Discusses Elaborate History Of Planned Developments

Marcus Hiles Discusses Elaborate History Of Planned DevelopmentsMarcus Hiles Discusses Elaborate History Of Planned Developments

Marcus Hiles notes that the first elements of planned communities in the United States popped up in St. Augustine back in 1565. During the industrial revolution, company towns like Gary, Indiana served as the site of technological innovations and strong economic fervor. The first modern communities appeared during the Florida land boom of the 1920s in Southern Florida, when the trendy Miami suburbs of Coral Gables, Opa-locka, and Miami Springs were fully planned with themes emulating the look and architecture of Spain, Arabia, and Mexico. During the Great Depression, the Federal Government built model towns in West Virginia, Tennessee, Maryland, Ohio, and Wisconsin in order to ease the economic stress on miners, construction workers, and their families. During World War II, the distant developments in Oak Ridge, TN; Richland, WA, and Los Alamos, NM were built to accommodate the families of the scientists, engineers, and industrial workers serving the Manhattan Project. Today, blueprinted cities are located throughout the country, including the nation’s capital of Washington, D.C., and state capitals in Mississippi, Indiana, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Utah, Florida, and Texas.

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