These buildings were never meant to be lived in.
These streets were never meant for traffic.
These walls were never meant for family photos.
This is an abandoned town that was built to be abandoned,
except for a few days every year when it’s a literal war zone.
[SPEAKING OVER RADIO]
This is Fort Ord, a former US military base,
once inhabited by soldiers, civilians,
and even German prisoners of war.
现在这是一个集商业 教育 冒险于一体的地方
It’s now a place of business, education, and adventure.
But past the hiking trails and the fences,
beyond the accessible and familiar,
is this place, Impossible City.
This cement block city sits alone
in its namesake, Impossible Canyon.
It was built in 1984, but it feels much older,
as if it were once a real community that
was abandoned for some reason, leaving only these gray,
Abandoned places like these often
make us daydream of what once could have been
or what once was.
The schoolhouse where the local children learned,
the office building where their parents worked,
the town square where the community gathered
to celebrate this small city.
But it’s a history that never existed.
The realness of Impossible City is it
unfortunate necessity,built as a reaction
to the ever-changing face of war,
one that has moved out of the jungle and the desert
and into urban environments.
Impossible City is an active urban military training
zone, a real life simulation to prepare for real life battles.
Its generic, gray facades are designed
not to look like any one city, but instead to be
a stand-in for all cities.
Training men and women on how to approach sniper fire
in the Middle East, or how to sweep an apartment building
in middle America.
This is where troops trained before they
were deployed to Panama to capture dictator Manuel
Today it remains quiet.
Today it is a peaceful city.
Silence has replaced gunfire, shadows have replaced soldiers,
and the boot marks in the dirt have blown away in the wind.
Impossible City is a town where no one has ever lived,
and a war zone where no one has ever died.
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These walls were put up over 100 years ago
on landfill made partially from the debris of the 1906
earthquake that devastated much of the Bay Area.
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