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See How L.A. Grew Up With This Handy Animated Map

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Sit back and watch this fun illustration breeze through the growth of Los Angeles.

The map can be found on I Got Charts (which is, of course, full of other fun stuff, too). We begin in the 1800s—when L.A. was a simple square including downtown L.A. and parts of Boyle Heights, Echo Park, and Lincoln Heights—and progress all the way through the present. A couple fun moments come in 1906 and 1909 as the L.A. border snakes south towards the ocean. As you can see, they did this by creating a very long, narrow strip from then-Los Angeles all the way to the water.

According to Los Angeles Magazine, this "shoestring addition" was conceived by Gabor Hegyi, a Hollywood realtor. L.A. invoked eminent domain to grab the 16-mile strip in December of 1906. On August 28 1909, L.A. annexed San Pedro and Wilmington, which officially made the Port of Los Angeles a part of the city.

Alex Pudlin, the map's creator and a City of L.A. employee, told Curbed Los Angeles that he was surprised to see what a big chunk of the Valley became part of L.A. in 1915.

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(courtesy of I Got Charts)