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I've been on Simtropolis for a few months now, and I have seen so many beautiful cities, that I'd love to live in... All that really inspired me - to do the opposite! I have tried to make a city that I wouldn't want to live in no matter what. But let's not wait too long, let's d(r)ive into my dystopia!
Somewhere next to the highway from Hansardia to Senbattsil lies a place that most people drive past as fast as possible. That place is Skirton. Although it is vital for the region's infrastructure, it's not a place you'd want to live in.
The uglyness already starts a while before the actual town. These abandoned factories were built about fifty years ago, when mr. Skir, one of the richest and most important businessmen in the country, wanted to build his own city, where he could do whatever he wanted. Altough, when built, these factories were hypermodern, they have never produced anything; short after the construction mr. Skir died, and due to mismanagement his commercial empire died with him soon after. However, the settlement where the factory workers would have lived is still called Skirton.
This is the intersection between the A34 and the A66, the two highways that enclose the town of Skirton like a cage. In the background you can see the chimneys of the coal power plant and the incineration plant. These two polluting abominations maybe aren't very nice neighbours, but they provide power to the whole region.
As you can see on the right, Skirton has recently also invested in clean power. It's just a pity for the neighbours that those wind turbines have been placed there.
Here we have the coal power plant again. It's actually the most important landmark of Skirton. Not only can you see it from anywhere in town, but you can also smell it everywhere .
A map of the town. Normally I would end with this, but for Skirton, the surrendings are everything. As you can see, the city center is surrounded by highways, that cut off the beautiful nature around the city (most Americans probably wouldn't even notice, but I wouldn't like living next to a highway). The landfill and incinerator cover Skirton all year round with their foul smell. The coal Power plant (together with the industrial district), only worsens this, and pollute the whole area. On the right of the picture you can see the prison, that houses criminals from all over the country. A long story short: Skirton isn't a place where you'd go willingly (at least not me).
A shot from the landfill site; the locals call this place the 'Stinky hills'.
The harbor and industrial district. This place is actually perfect to start a factory: the ground is quite cheap, there are enough badly educated workers nearby, and most importantly: the local government doesn't really enforce the environmental laws too strictly. This is also why Skirton has the most pollution of the whole country.
The oil refinery. This behemoth is also here because the people here like money more than clean air and ground.
This is the prison; the worst criminals of the country are locked up here. Security isn't too good, so every once in a while a prisoner escapes and the whole town is searched.
The local police station; it's actually rather big for such a small town, but a rather big percentage of the town doesn't take the law too seriously... by the way, we'll see what those tourists are looking at in a giffy.
This is the central square of the town, with in the background the station and in the front the place where all those tourists were looking at: the 'Sparkly Unicorn Statue'. This statue has won several prizes, such as for the ugliest statue and the most random statue. Rumor has it that the mayor has hired a family member to design this and embezzle some money in the progress.
Well, that's it for today, stay tuned for more. Oh, and before I forget; enjoy this picture that's been made by the local government to promote Skirton:
(Gotta love the Comic Sans MS )
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Bipin's Suburban Subway, rather than utilizing actual subway networks, takes advantage of the new 7.5 meter sunken/overpass standard available for railway networks within the revolutionary new NAM v31, its primary dependency, is listed along with two others within the installation. To be sure you will not miss them, all three dependencies are presented as hyperlinks, just go through the install wizard and you'll see them. The process is far more streamlined and efficient than with past works! Speaking of that, you may be prompted to restart your computer after the install. This is not necessary. Rather, this prompt is due to a glitch within the installation program. When you are ready to use the train station in-game, refer to the following instructions:
First, dig a 7.5 meter deep trench and place the primary station lot from the Railway menu inside.
Next, place Pedmall tiles beneath the escalators to create functioning road and rail connections.
If you wish to do so, you may extend the platforms with on-slope pieces from the Parks menu.
Finally, since this is intended as a rural/suburban lot, you may wish to decorate it accordingly.
Alternatively, a picture-based tutorial for the non-anglophone demographic is included as a read-me
that opens towards the end of the installation. However you use these BATs, I hope you enjoy them!
NOTE: Please read!
I have found the final required dependency, it is available here:
Click either the mid-page or bottom links to download this item.
Here is a leak of my latest American city called New Lanchester
I plan for this city to have a least 7 districts and a countryside.Yes,I will continue to work on this despite my crap PC.I have not decided a location for the city but I know the city will be in the east coast.I took inspiration from other American cities such as Boston,Kansas City,Detriot,etc.I will respond to comments and people who give tips and advice to help me with my detailing skills.There won't be another for at least a week or so follow me for updates!
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