For East Coast fans, watching Colony gives us not only a glimpse into the L.A. Bloc, but into Los Angeles in general. We get that life after the Arrival may not be particularly easy for residents, but even a little (ok, a giant) wall can’t keep out our love of the city and its endless sunshine.
Since we can’t jet across country every week just to enjoy a new episode, we’ve found ourselves exploring the ColonyTV.com interactive map to get our west coast fix. By zooming from neighborhood to neighborhood, we’ve picked up a couple of interesting facts about L.A. -– and haven’t had to spend a minute in traffic!
1. In the event you don’t know what the numbers 405, 10, or 110 are referencing, the ColonyTV.com map is your key to fooling someone that you’re a local. The Wall that surrounds the L.A. Bloc follows all of the main freeways – down the 405 on the west side, cutting east across the 10, dartsing northeast on the 110, and coming back around on the 5. As a bonus, if you check out the Santa Monica Gateway on the map, you can get some pretty cool specs on The Wall as well.
2. Wondering where all the cool kids hang out? Zoom over to Echo Park and take note that this is where The Yonk is! Sometimes nicknamed the “Williamsburg of the West Coast,” it’s hip, young, and full of cool stuff to do. It’s no wonder the L.A. Bloc’s watering hole found its niche here.
3. It’s fitting that the Propaganda Wars Mission is nestled in the Hills in the shadow of California’s most famous landmark, the Hollywood sign. Originally erected as an outdoor ad campaign for a suburban housing development called “Hollywoodland,” the infamous sign now stands as an aspirational icon in the Hollywood Hills –- an appropriate inspiration when it comes to designing propaganda poster art!
4. If you zoom over to Beverly Hills, you might notice that instead of a landscape sprinkled with celebrity homes it is most known for, it serves a different purpose within the L.A. Bloc. Here you’ll find the Transitional Authority Headquarters, the L.A. Courthouse, and several Collaborator-centric missions. Interestingly enough, Beverly Hills was originally founded as a modest lima bean ranch, all before the glitz, glamour, and Transitional Authority moved in, and is home to some of the oldest municipal buildings in Los Angeles county.
5. L.A. is a city of many depths. Exploring the Westlake neighborhood, you’ll find the DWP Access Tunnel that connects the L.A. Bloc to Downtown -- unbeknownst to the Transitional Authority. What might also not be common knowledge is that this is far from the only hidden tunnel beneath L.A. In fact, there are 11 miles of tunnels under the city that have been used to transport prisoners, money, Prohibition-era booze, and who-knows-what other secrets.
Explore Los Angeles as you've never seen it before on ColonyTV.com!