company town


Definition of company town 

: a community that is dependent on one firm for all or most of the necessary services or functions of town life (such as employment, housing, and stores)

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And in 2015, hundreds turned out at company town halls and convinced Google to roll back a ban that would have restricted publicly available nude and adult content on its Blogger service, without so much as a peep to the press. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Google employee activism on diversity, Pentagon contract is shaking up Internet giant," 5 June 2018 One of the earliest examples of a company town, Arvida has been absorbed into the city of Saguenay, but its main street remains vibrant and the original architecture largely intact. Danielle Bochove,, "Trump’s Trade War Looms Over a Canadian Town Built to Supply America," 28 June 2018 McCARTHY — Twenty years after acquiring the massive ruins of the Kennecott copper mines, the National Park Service has finally figured out a way to preserve the historic company town and tell its story — without banishing all the ghosts. Tom Kizzia, Anchorage Daily News, "Amid the ruins of the Kennecott mine, a quiet new look at a unique slice of history," 26 June 2018 Before data mining was the preferred extractive industry of the Santa Clara Valley, mineral extraction built one of the region’s earliest variations of the company town. Ingrid Burrington, The Atlantic, "Who Gets to Live in Silicon Valley?," 25 June 2018 For seven years, Garrett, 36, has lived in El Portal, a National Park Service company town near Yosemite’s southwest entrance. Kyle Dickman, Outside Online, "A Rattle with Death in Yosemite," 20 June 2018 Through a typical, slightly ridiculous series of events, the pair unknowingly brings a video camera for a company town hall into a back storeroom. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "How 'Superstore' helped make 'will they/won't they' couples fun again," 3 May 2018 At its zenith, 600 miners lived in this company town, eventually digging 70 miles of tunnels in the mountain above the mill. Nathaniel Wilder, Smithsonian, "A Daring Journey Into the Big Unknown of America’s Largest National Park," 18 Apr. 2018 Railroad car magnate George Pullman built a company town for his employees south of Chicago in the early 1890s. Robert Mitchell, Washington Post, "Andrew Carnegie built 1,700 public libraries. But some towns refused the steel baron’s money.," 9 Apr. 2018

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1927, in the meaning defined above

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