California City. Ghost city that never was

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In the desert 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles is a suburb abandoned in advance of itself—the unfinished extension of a place called California City. Visible from above now are a series of badly paved streets carved into the dust and gravel, like some peculiarly American response to the Nazca Lines (or even the labyrinth at Chartres cathedral). The uninhabited street plan has become an abstract geoglyph—unintentional land art visible from airplanes—not a thriving community at all.

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  1. Thanks. I flew over this any number of times, back when I was commuting between Skull Valley and SJC; never knew what it was.

  2. I lived out that way a bit as a child, can still remember ‘g’da predicting thus.

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