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  1. So, after some modifications this is what east downtown looks like now. I hope you like it 

























    Thank you for your comment!

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    Kim Sunwoo: Thanks though don't worry, I'm trying to be a bit more serious with this CJ so it 'should' go better lol. As for the tonalities of water I like them too. Apart from the purple bit anyway, that's bad water.



     Entry 4: More Growth


    Today were back in Sinato to take a look at more growth that has been happening in the area. Based initially around the growth of the industry in the area namely in the form of increased farming, we see a large influx of new citizens and in turn commercial enterprises coming to the island.

    This can be seen in the following images of the growing area showing it in various areas of the island.










    Along with this several beautification projects have been carried out in the main town in the form of this park and greenhoused gardens, behind which you can just about see the seat of the islands government.



    Several of the other beautification projects were more a necessity rather than for any greenspace reason due to the fact that the town was built on a hill and is therefore terraced to an extent. This can be seen better in the following photo's.




    However its not been all smooth sailing. With the large growth of the island to over 10 thousand we have had to increase the power production. This came in the form of these incinerators supplied by the locals dumps. Not exactly as clean as the wind farms that are also expanding around the island , but more efficient and gets rid of a large amount of the rubbish were producing.



    Another issue that necessitated some change was how busy the interchange for the bottom villages have got with the industrial traffic heading to the farms and such.



    However the biggest issue is the one you can see in the next image. Unfortunately the sewage outflow pipes have filled the bay that they were originally pumping into and are now getting dangerously close to the water intake pipes and were not sure if the filtration system in the inflow pipes will cope at all with the sewage water. However we do have a plan to combat this which we hope to reveal soon.



    For now though we'll have to just hope it doesn't get to bad before we can sort it out.




  3. Canaan International Airport is centrally located, and operates 24-7-365.




    All terminals are accessed via underground tunnels. The domestic terminal serves as a hub for Southwest Airlines.


    With its close proximity to Gekko City, Canaan International handles a large volume of international flights.


    There is a Heliport on the north side of the airport.


    For those unfortunate souls suffering flights cancelled or delayed, a large outlet shopping mall on the southeast corner of the airport provides distraction. The mall can be accessed by shuttle from the CIA terminals.



  4. As part of her prolonged visit to Queenbee's municipalities, P. R. has been invited by the Hippies. Well, that's how the town's people affectionately call the Gesalen community that has been living up in the mountain for three decades now. They were skeptical at the beginning, but seeing world famous thinkers and doers gathering there for conferences, retreats and --yes  ! -- writing workshops, putting Queenbee on the The Map, they decided The Hippies were all right. As long as they stayed mostly up there. But is the Ashram thirtieth birthday, and, at the end of her stay in Queenbee, as the cool automne night falls on the town, P. R. is in for a treat : she loves fireworks, and the city offered one to the Ashram. (P. R.'s first pictures of the Ashram were taken at the beginning of her stay in Queenbee...)










  5. Countryside Peninsula Galore !

    Last time I mentioned the railferry to the Cape Hartford area. In this CJ we will explore the countryside of Cape Hartford and Fort Grayon Islea and Ocean. Cape Hartford peninsula countryside is still in a early stage; Fort Grayon Islea and Ocean area is much wider developed. First settlers to Mayon Province went ashore on these peninsula´s wich were relativy safe. Some area´s of Fort Grayon Islea and Ocean and the town development of Fort Grayon Ocean will be revealed in a later CJ.

    Let´s start with the Cape Hartford area !

    Early pictures of the harbour town !


    Latest reworked harbour area !


    Some countryside splendour !




    Cape Hartford Town


    Another rural community


    Cape Hartford has as mentioned a connection with Fort Grayon. Cape Mayon is another well connected destination by fast ferry !

    This route shorten the journey to Mayon by 50 miles, a relaxing boat trip. Ferry operates summer only !

    Cape Mayon Port !



    Now we move on to the Fort Grayon Islea and Ocean area !

    Agricultural the oldest area of Mayon Province where the first founders of the province started up the area´s wealth.

    First Fort Grayon Islea the tip of the peninsula !


    Cows enjoying the grasslands !


    Fort Grayon Islea Town


    Apple orchards !


    Next to conclude the Fort Grayon Ocean area !

    Another agricultural community !


    Some more agricultural pictures to conclude !



    Well that´s are some pictures; the mods you install do comeback sometime ! Cows are lot harder to reproduce. Development is going so rapidly in the west part of Mayon province I have more than enough pictures fill some future CJ.. However to not fall into repetition I change the subject next time and will have a look at; the maritime scene of Mayon Bay !

    Hope you enjoyed this CJ and see you back in the next one !





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    "My son sleeps in a bomb shelter
    and knows the sound of the air raid sirens
    as well as the words "to talk" and "to eat".
    There's no good news; not yet.

    But we will wait. We will fight"

    - Vera Ketlinskaya, radio broadcast on October 19th



    8/9/1941 - A wave of German Junkers has dropped several thousand of bombs in Tsentralny, more intensively in the area of Smolny and its surroundings. In this picture we see an inmense hole on the ground caused by the explosion of a 1.000 pounds bomb. Almost 70 metres below the surface appears Chernyshevskaya station. Construction of the metro began in January, but it had to be halted at the outbreak of the war.


    28/10/1941 - Bolshoy Dom ("The Big House") is the headquarters of the NKVD (People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs) and the recently created NKGB (People's Commissariat for State Security). Since the beginning of the war almost everyone is suspicious of cooperating with the enemy. Even though the building has suffered damage from shelling, another execution has taken place in the courtyard.


    This famous poster by the NKGB reads "Pay attention, these days the walls are listening. Close from chatter and gossip to treason. Do not talk!"


    18/9/1941 - As soon as the Leningraders hear the air raid sirens they all run to the nearest underground shelter. While the German aviation dominates the skies, thousands of people live their lives beneath the streets of the city. In this picture we see the entrance to one of these shelters, just behind Kuybyshev Hospital near Liteyny Prospekt.


    10/7/1941 - The Holy Transfiguration Cathedral is located in Preobrazhenskaya Square, not far from Chernyshevskaya station. An air-raid shelter for 500 people has been constructed in the basement, where first aid can be given to the wounded.

    Disclaimer: This CJ includes original photos taken during the siege. To my knowledge none of them is protected by copyright, but if I were wrong I'm happy to delete any picture that infringes the law.

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    To preserve historical accuracy I must admit that Chernyshevskaya metro station had not been built yet by the time of the siege. However I wanted to show you that there were actually some tunels and rails already built under the city, that during the war were used as shelters. I had that image of the sunken station in my wish list and I wanted to give it some credible background.

    Again, I hope you enjoyed and I'm eager to read your comments and opinions :-D
    See you next week!

  7. I am so sorry that I haven't been posting recently. My last update was in March, right before April, the start of my College years. Since then, it has been much harder to find a proper balance between school and SimCity 4. But anyway, I have been working on a little something, and I think it would be good to show you.

    But before that, I must reply to the comments:


    Tonraq: Thank you for telling me that. It really is great advice for one who is going into new environment with all sorts of new things.

    jmsepe: Thank you for commenting.

    Ultimate727: I know! It seems like they're coming like, every day now! :)

    tankmank: Thank you for your comment and for your sympathy for the people of Tagawa.

    kschmidt: Thank you for your comment.

    Kim Sunwoo: I know, right? It really will look cool! I hope that you are entertained by this Teaser, as well.

    Sexysark: Thank you for commenting here.

    Mymyjp: Thank you, Mymyjp! Thank you for cheering me on!




    1. The next update's downtown area, along with train station. The small city's name will be revealed in the next update!

    Hopefully, I'll be able to get the next update down soon and be able to deliver a proper update. Thank you for viewing and Sayonara!

    Comment, and feel free to ask about where I got the mods from!

    I would also appreciate negative criticism. If there is something you don't like, or something you think that I am doing wrong, please tell.

  8. DISCLAIMER: Nothing here is final. Anything is subject to change.

    Here is a wide-angle shot of the city. Can you guess where the university is?


    Did you guess here?


    There are many lecture halls.






    The Library is vast and goes underground.


    Hope you enjoyed this look at the University, and if you enjoyed it please like as it is appreciated.





    Please Read:

    My city journal has been retitled as I move out of featuring my city Vista Del Mar and move toward showcasing side projects, artwork that I am trying to produce with Simcity 4, and a few other urban areas in the region. I still have a few pics of Vista Del Mar to feature in the gallery or on an entry here.  I'm trying to really push the boundaries of the game and produce some artwork for the visually-minded folks of the community to enjoy,




    With that in mind here's one of the projects in my archives, it's a spin on a ziggurat please comment and rate...



    First up, an all-around panorama of the ziggurat (many hours of time spent in MMP here)




    northwest area of the ziggurat...




    Eastern entrance steps featuring Simcoug's awesome stairs!!




    Northern falls of the ziggurat...




    Close up of the falls and vegetation adorning the staircases...





    View of the falls descent down the ziggurat from its peak...




    Night shot of the peak of the ziggurat...





    Sunset on at the ziggurat...


    Hope you have enjoyed this artistic presentation!!!



  10. Latest Entry


    Aldivia: From A Distance

    The Aldivia District is in the far south of Wirdleonia. Our southernmost city up to this point was Ava City. but, now, with the settlement of Aldivia, a new southernmost city has developed: Jaqfulneel. Unusual name? Yep. How did it originate? The Supreme Wirdle was visiting the City Planning Office to review the city's plans. And, while doing so, she walked across the Project Manager's keyboard (she, like most cats, likes walking across keyboards). And, what she typed became the name of the city. The city was built at the intersection of two major roads: the Trans Schulmania Highway and Catway 32. The Trans Schulmania Highway now spans the nation from southern Aldivia all the way to Mookimian Verá. Catway 32 originates at Jaqfulneel and runs east and south to the coast and new developments underway in the southeast. Let's see what this happy new town has to offer.

    Jaqfulneel is quite a distance away from the rest of Schulmania, in the centered in the southern plains just north of Schulmappalachian Mountains. So, life is quiet and slow here and events are view from a distance and with some detachment. The fussing going on elsewhere is just not that relevant to the placid residents here.
    The Feline Services Building is one of the dew places in this laid back town with lots of activity. There's always someone needing services coming in. Whiskers out of order? Easily fixed. Claws need sharpening? We got you covered. Need to vote? We have your needs met right here:
    Septimo Mercado is the marketplace in the heart of Plaza Aldivia, right in the center of town
    Plaza Aldivia is the great open gathering space in the heart of town. There's a swing music concert here later this week. The Glenn Meower Orchestra is performing their greatest hits, including "In the Catnip" and "A String of Twine."

    Let's see some more of the town.
    Two styles of housing: the quaint stucco of Piazza Nicoistera (above) contrasts with the higher density Tucksey Place complex
    Got any coins to toss into Noaharan Fountain to make your wish?
    Casitas de Juan are lovely small homes with a leafy central courtyard

    The lovely corner cafe, Pollo-Fil-A, offers delightful milkshakes as well as chicken sandwiches and waffle fries.

    Can you spot the Countess Center, a strip shopping center? It blends in well to the fabric of the neighborhood.
    Feline FIFA is headquartered in the green building. It's sort of like the human game. But, the athletes are all cats and the ball is a ball of yarn. And anyone who fakes an injury to stop the clock or get a breather will be SCRATCHED! Save the drama for your mama!
    Mission de los Gatos is a historic spot in the heart of town
    Here's a great school for your edumacational purposes

    Of course, you can always shop at Neiman Meowcus or Irish Corner... bring cash... lots of cash!
    The largest church in town is San Juan de las Patas. They have a great choir!

    Jaqfulneel may see the world from a distance, but aren't you glad you got to see it up close?






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    Welcome to the Oldest city in Metronesia. This is the first city I started work on. 

    The theme is basically some residential and commercial lots and a large central park in the middle. 

    Some attractions include the old city center, which was the first dutch settlement before the french took over. Then you have the Palais du Gouvernature in the South from the french era as well. Tons of history here. 


    i'm not sure if i like the residential mansions against the skyscrapers but it'll have to do.


    Beautiful old stately colonial manor. 


    LV to satisfy the upper class residents of lasceaux. 


    Cathedral District 

    The cathy district is the oldest surviving district with the orignal buildings ffrom the dutch village as well as a cathedral and neighborhood from the french period. 55b1d8c07a7e7_Lasceaux-Feb._27_256143758

    some of the houses were retrofitted


    I tried to make an old quarter with the original town halls and such. But it looks pretty bad. Any suggestions?


  11. The Ring of Steel(RoS) is the name of the main telecommunications array for the South Shore borough.


    The array is built on Mount Tokiko(:)) which is 632ft /192m high and is positioned in an ideal location near the center of the city.

    There are much taller peaks both within and just outside Dresden city limits, such as Mount Hadron(1,145ft / 349m) and several others in the Phaeton mountain range that rise above 1,500ft / 450m tall. However none of them are easy to access because of steep cliff sides so it was cheaper to reach and build the array on Mount Tokiko.

    In any case transmission towers on Mount Tokiko provided more than sufficient broadcast coverage for the local area.
    Coverage from a transmitter at 1,000ft / 304m ASL level is enough to blanket practically all developed areas in Dresden.

    There are a total of 7 towers at the RoS, 5 of which are custom bat's I created. There is only one other site in the entire region that features more towers in a single location, that being Radio City in Central Pretoria. Aside from AM transmitters, I never use the same tower twice in the region. IRL most large scale freestanding radio & tv towers are usually custom designs of differing heights. The only common exception is AM towers which are typically arranged in arrays of multiple towers positioned next to each other.

    Tower designations(call signs)

    The designation for each structure is based on ownership. Over the years additional towers were been built as demand and competition increased. There is little space left now for any additional towers. Some of the towers are exclusive use while other lease out space for different broadcasters who don't own a tower here to use. Space is also leased out to cellular companies and for direct link microwave transmissions.

    Most of cities tallest structures are located at the RoS
    The others are located at Dresden GS.

    The tallest structure is WBNS's 3-sided diamond framed lattice tower which rises an impressive 839ft / 256m with a cross section of only 60ft / 18m. It is the second tallest structure in the city of Dresden and the South Shore borough.


    More views of the RoS










    I also took some pictures of the array on a recent trek I made up Mount Tokiko last week :P



    This entry was inspired by Seattle's Capitol Hill;

    and other hilltop broadcast centers like these;




    Lastly with so many towers in one location, the aircraft warning lights make for a neat little light show at night.

  12. Illyris

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    Illryis - Entry #2


    Hi all!! Hope this Tuesday finds you all well.  I'm here for a second entry to my Illryis city journal -- continuing the story of the Amarians, however you will also see a lot of Elger cities today since I'm writing about the coast of both continents.    Today, I will show you some of the suburban, and smaller urban cities of Illyris and zoom in on some of the transportation systems. 

    The most populous region of Illyris is one I named "Shining Star." It consists of the Red border west of the Snake River, to the seaport of the continent of Elger (in Southampton), and it's only urban city: London.  Because it is the junction of two landmasses (Red and Elger), with a river near it's coast, and harbors, and islands, the main transportation options are land, air, and water: ie road, plane, and boat.  

    Residents travel by ferry down the Snake River, and the various islands and ports between the two continents.  They also utilize the three municipal airports in the area in Notre Dame, Allistar, and New York. 


    Now onto the cities in this entry!

    We begin today with New York.  With a population of 58,000, New York is a major urban city on a peninsula strip of Continent Red the farthest East Amarian city.  It boasts of being the first city on Red, with a subway system! Unlike the real-life Big Apple, it's system is small, but growing. 

    Current Population: 58,000..



    It has lovely high-density residential buildings, and the beautiful and prestigious Columbia University.


    And a municipal airport!



    New York is connected via bridge to the south to Avalon Island, and to the North west a hilly Suburban, and deeply religious city of Stiles: Canterbury. 

    The Cathedral at Canterbury in between Canterbury Hill and Rabbit Hill and Mary is Queen Church at the summit of English Hill. 

    Current Population: 11,800.






    Next, onto Notre Dame - a bustling urban city to the West and South West of New York. 

    It contains a municipal airport and a great suburban-style life next to the Snake River. As well as two avenues, which run through the city.  Here is one right next to Farlington High school.

     Notre Dame consists of two cities on my region map - Farlington and Notre Dame-- two cities run by Quasi Modo and Esmeralda.  Farlington is a city I imported from the time I played back in 2005, and developed it from there. 

    The East side of Notre Dame contains a ferry that travels to two islands off the South East coast of Red, Treasure Island and Avalon. 


    Current population of Notre Dame: 41,696


    The South West border of Red is quite well-connected with a system of ferries, avenues, and highways. Several Islands are at this intersection of the two main continents.  Including Avalon and Balks Islands. 


    Now onto a few Elger cities. 

    First off is, London.  The largest city on the south west coast of Elger, established by the ancestors of Will Herondale and his wife, Tessa Gray --a family who detested the Elger's ancient and magical ways.  They adopted new technologies such as the railway, oil power plants, steam ships, and the Oz (a communication device), when it was first invented and put on the market.  Will and Tessa, see themselves as very progressive and secular, unlike their mystical counterparts who live beyond the forests of North Elger. 


    London, after recovering from a small deficit and multiple fires, it now is in the green and boasts a population of 80,000.  It keeps its residents happy, by building its industries and their pollution behind a small cluster of mountains. 


    Prada borders London to the north, and Southampton to the West. 

    Population: 4,000


    Southampton contains the only port on Elger. It trades with the only Elger/Amarian city in the region, Balks Islands. 

    Population: 28,000



    Finally, West of the Balks Islands is Juliet, a city of 13,000, containing the famous Juliet Bridge -- made of a special metal alloy called Zipzaar -- which is water resistant super strong.  It can withstand a 7.5 magnitude earthquake.  This is also the home-town of zipzaar inventor Julius McIntire.  Juliet is north of Romeo's Mountain which contains the only railway of the Elger continent. 


    That's a brief run-down of some of the major transportation stations in the Shining Star region -- the intersection of Continent Elger and Red.  I hope you enjoyed this entry and get some ideas for your own city(es). Let me know what you think! See you next time for another city journal chronicling the beautiful land of Illyris!


  13. Welcome back, and thanks for the all the love the last time, very much appreciated. This time around we'll be cruising around the suburbs of Dun Laoghaire, including Sallynoggin, Dalkey and Glasthule. Dun Laoghaire is one of the older suburbs of Dublin, and much of its growth was between the late 19th and mid 20th century's. 

    Close to the town centre, there are many fine Georgian Squares with terraced housing -as can be seen below. These house a mix of high wealth residents however many have been sub-divided into smaller flats in recent years. 


    The area expanded again the 1930's - 1950's as Dubliner's began to move out into the suburbs. Dun Laoghaire was a good location due the access to the railway, the town shopping and of course the lure of the sea. 


    Below can be seen the Glenageary roundabout, one of the most congested parts of Dun Laoghaire. It links Dun Laoghaire with further flung suburbs and the M50 orbital motorway. Previously some small shops occupied the site but in recent years large offices have been built to cater for local demand. The road vertically across the photo separates the more upper class Glenageary from the working class council built estates of Sallynoggin. 


    Dun Laoghaire golf club, founded in 1910 is the green lung of Dun Laoghaire and is today surrounded by residental development. Being positioned in one of the most sought after areas of Dublin, There are rumours of the land being bought by property developers in the near future so watch this space :)


    Back to the harbour breifly, the old coal harbour continues to function as small scale fishing dock with some minor industry - mainly harbour maintenance. The local yacht clubs are clamouring for more space so surely it's only a matter of time before the Harbour Board approve the demolition of the old harbour and the construction yet more marinas?! Another part of old Dun Laoghaire lost forever....


    Into the leafy suburbs of Killiney and Dalkey now, home to famous celebs such as Bono and Van Morrison. The quaint village of Dalkey, with it's small train station, is home to vintage shops, high end restaurants and traditional Irish pubs. It's especially popular for day tripping tourists. A private school can be seen to the left, most schools in this part of Dublin are private and rugby is the sport of choice. 


    More of the Kiliney / Glenageary suburbs - home to accountants, lawyers and a large girls boarding school - seen to the left of the roundabout.


    A view towards the southeast from Dun Laoghaire. As you can see the Golf Club takes up much land. It is intersected by Glenageary Road. Centre far right are the notorious flats of Monkstown Farm - don't risk strolling through there at night. Dun Laoghaire is town of divide - homes worth millions are just a few minutes walk from areas of abject poverty. As can be seen, the DART railway line cuts through the granite rock to the left. 


    An full overview, looking north across Dublin Bay. The sheer size of the habour is put into perspective. The low rise nature of the suburbs are typical of Dublin, and Ireland in general. (and yes, I've yet to complete the seafront!)


    Just a picture of the typical types of large semi deteched homes found in parts of Dun Laoghaire such as Sandycove and Glenageary - most built between the 1930's and 1950's. Glasthule DART station can be seen also in the photo. 



    And a night scene, the "New Road" that links Dun Laoghaire to Killiney, Shankill and the M50 motorway. It's only a recent addition to the landscape of this historic suburb. The road is built on land that was reserved for road development in the 1970's but it was only built in the last decade. It was catalyst for the development of the dense office buildings seen in the picture. Previously there was light manufacturing, of which one or two businesses remain. 




    So for now that's all - I guess I've got to work on my storytelling :P 




  14. Scrap Shack

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    Weather Forecast for Today !

    Welcome to my CJ of simcity 4 sometime odd and weared behaviour or obscure things. Today I present the wheater forcast for Today !

    Sunny spells, end of morning a large thunder and gales front arriving to the region. Motorist are advised to have there lights on for the rest of the day because light will be scared. Late evening will see a return to better weather.

    A satalite view of the region Now !


    Please turn your lights on !


    Thank you for your attention ! Weather will return to Sunny spells and light cloudy conditions. You can turnoff your lights !


    Some odd simcity 4 behaviour !  Next week there will be the regular Mayon Province CJ. Last CJ concentrated on Fort Grayon,  furthur city development. Next CJ will take us to the Countryside, we´ve explored Sampson Valley, now it´s the turn for the Coast peninsula´s of Hartford and Grayon. Still a lot of city and town and some overall agricultural development to do. Worked on a obscure location, not yet finished wich will be revealed in a later CJ. Later CJ may go offshore, go to the outback, visit a new fancy place !

    Hope you enjoyed this short CJ and see you back in the next one !






    Disclosure: I am a member of the NAM Associates, and as a member you'll see things that you may not have seen yet. They are test parts and used for test purposes.

    Teddy City- Residental Overlook


    Welcome back to Teddy City- this time we will explore many neighborhoods that make up this city. The city is a beautiful city, and has many homes available. The average home price in Teddy City is $575,000 with as low as Welcome back to Teddy City- this time we will explore many neighborhoods that make up this city. The city is a beautiful city, and has many homes available. The average home price in Teddy City is $575,000 with as low as $150,000 for a fixer upper. Minimum wage in the nation is $14.50/hr and a median yearly wage for the city of Teddy City is around $75,000. This makes Teddy City one of the cities with the highest wages but a lower cost of living. 
    50,000 for a fixer upper. Minimum wage in the nation is Welcome back to Teddy City- this time we will explore many neighborhoods that make up this city. The city is a beautiful city, and has many homes available. The average home price in Teddy City is $575,000 with as low as $150,000 for a fixer upper. Minimum wage in the nation is $14.50/hr and a median yearly wage for the city of Teddy City is around $75,000. This makes Teddy City one of the cities with the highest wages but a lower cost of living. 50/hr and a median yearly wage for the city of Teddy City is around $75,000. This makes Teddy City one of the cities with the highest wages but a lower cost of living. 
    Welshbound Estates- A beautiful area located by Big Grove- a subdivision of working class homes, Welshbound Estates is a beautiful example of life in the city. Beautifully designed, easily seen from the highway, Welshbound Estates is a popular neighborhood for those looking for cheaper homes.
    Rogers Park- Located along an industrial area, its less popular- still near Big Grove, this subdivision is an example of old style, in a modern world.

    Both pictures are of Big Grove Subdivision- This middle class suburban area is near the highway and is a popular spot- located in a natural forest area that winds along the highway, Big Grove is a popular spot for those looking for a decent home at fair prices. Developed in 1989 this newer area is high demand. However finding a place to buy in Big Grove is hard to come by.
    Typical residential designing in Teddy City. Lots of curvy roads, tree lined streets, and beautifully designed homes. The city is beautifully designed, thanks to this style of residential zoning.

    Until next time- don't forget to comment and rate.

  16. Latest Entry


    So I have been playing SC4 again this last week...






  17. Hello! How are you today?

    The expected American response to that question is 'good', then we expect you to pay for it and get out.


    We are totally retooling that rust belt, all day and all night. So stay and be proud to state your business. Sit down, breathe the air, and stick your toes in the sand and water.

    Where was I? Well, it's summer, so that means I like to do things that are not necessarily Simtrop related. I do stuff like work outrageous amounts of overtime, enjoy patio coolers with the fam, pay crazy amounts of money to attend national sporting events with friends, drive aimlessly around the country by myself because I hate to fly, chit-chat with friendly people I'll probably never talk to again, and have my truck repaired in exotic faraway repair shops.

    Recently I have felt moved to make an update. Mostly to try to work within this terrific new site update, and partly to show you that I am still out there, updating a city journal that people may or may not read, in a tiny corner of what we all call the interspherewebternet.

    We call it that, right?

    That's quite a tangent, but I just felt like writing, and let's be real, you just felt like reading. You know you did.

    Hey look! Replies!

    Militant Radical: Thanks! I wanted something different, tunnels was the answer.

    Schulmanator: I'll see what I can do to maintain my current level of awesomeness. Every day is a battle, let me tell yah.

    47ply: Simply thank you!

    Pinkindustry: Thanks! This one was a fun one to make.

    Kim Sunwoo: Thank you! I do love the beach. Probably the best place on Earth.

    Tonraq: I was out sailing last Saturday on my uncle's boat. It's fun, but I wouldn't have the patience to own one. I go back and forth about buying a sea-doo. I'd whip around on it until I'm bored, then drive screaming hard into the beach.

    SimCoug: Thank you sir! Once again, the historic harbor shows why it's my favorite add on in recent years. Endless stuff to build with there. The stairways and paths blend together quite well.

    Tonyr: Thanks!

    gviper: Thanks!

    Major from Bajor: I know CPR.

    Themistokles: I believe it will be a perpetual construction area. People need jobs, so I'll just have them continuously building something. ANYTHING! So to answer your question, probably a Starbucks.

    Neto Dari: Thank you!

    Sucram17: Lotting is fun and frustrating. Like fishing, except with a computer and more beer.

    agnostiskbarn: Thanks man!


    Alright, here are a few photos of things I have worked on, but never really had a place to put them.

    This journal entry is more like a cheesy clip show than a full on update, but hey, it's free. So you've got that going for yah.

    Let's get to it.


    Here we see an industrial neighborhood from Holland. The area was never actually completed, and I moved on to another project before entirely completing the city tile.

    There may be a full update of Holland to include this part of town, but until then, this is the only view there is.


    So I used this photo in the 'Show us your railroad' contest a while back.

    I meant to present a likely, but fictitious, version of the railroad in my state that I never saw, but would have really enjoyed.

    Michigan was once layered with railroads. A map from the late 1800's shows a state that had a massive rail network. The majority of it is gone.

    This entry pays an homage to that passage in time.


    So this here is what was originally envisioned when Petoskey was made. Head over to the entry Northern Michigan Harbor Towns: Petoskey, to see the final version.

    Everything I seem to build is flat, flat, flat. I wanted something different and halfway into building the downtown, I wanted some elevation. So redoing an entire map and reconfiguring a downtown was the only possible outcome. Three hours of building turned into one instant of: Nope. Delete, and the rest became what it is now.

    How many of us have done that? In this case it was a happy decision.


    Here is that very Cleveland Christmas from back in December. A Christmas in July if you will.

    The big changes that finally made their way into the finished entry can be seen with the snow, and the choice of buildings.

    Seraf's seasonal buildings are fantastic. I wanted to showcase them here out of respect for the work put into them.

    The trouble was getting snow all over the city, to fit in with the parade, and cover the street.

    I used some white colored sand to simulate the snow, but the look just wasn't there. Ultimately, the buildings that fit best didn't fit with the surroundings.

    The great part is that I just get to find another scene that works best with the buildings!


    I'm a huge fan of summer. It is without a doubt my favorite time of the year.

    For some reason I like to make fall and winter scenes the most. A contradiction.

    This is another scene that was used as a contest entry. I believe it was the Christmas or the favorite season contest, I don't recall.

    In this case I made one giant lot. This was the first time I had attempted something like this. It was really fun!

    The building process was great. The challenge became adding the effects and learning that each effect doesn't necessarily take place exactly where the marker is.

    Choosing an era and combing the architecture into it was a real fun exercise as well. This game really allows for some excellent creative outlet.


    Well, there you have it. The first Great Lakes, Great Times entry on the new format. This was fun to make and I hope you enjoyed it.

    I hope all of you are well and that you have a good, safe week.





  18. It consists of the prefectures of Hiroshima, Okayama, Shimane, Tottori and Yamaguchi.


     Okayama, Tottori and Shimane(City:Matsue) prefectures.




    Hiroshima and Yamaguchi. prefectures.




    Prefectural capitals view.

    Okayama City



    Tottori City



    Matsue City (Shimane Prefecture)



    Hiroshima City (west and east)




    Yamaguchi City


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    Welcome. This City Journal is dedicated to the recreation of the entire Mass Effect Galaxy; that being it's known worlds. This is complimentary to the 'proper' Mass Effect: Beyond City Journal, as a reference and information page to the galaxy's worlds (in any case, the ME:GC lacks the story oriented writings and presentations that ME:Beyond normally provides). This will be done systematically: first, system by system, star cluster by star cluster, then mentioned systems with unknown galaxy locations will be listed. Each planet revealed will be accompanied with a single image and information input, on top of the planetary overview display. This will give you the chance to glimpse all the galaxy's planets. This CJ will likely end once all planets and notable stellar objects and systems are covered.


    First off, let's start with the star cluster; Rosetta Nebula in the Terminus Systems, at a known star system by the formal designation Alpha Draconis.





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    Notable Dwarf Planets or Asteroids : 0

    Notable Artificial/Orbital Stations : 0




    Detected as an Earth-like world via telemetry by human scientists based in the Enoch system in 2165 CE, 2175 Aeia became of special interest to the Human Systems Alliance upon its finding. The deployment of flyby probes sent specifically to monitor and verify the scientific hypothesis of Aeia, it became upgraded to a garden world colonization priority when initial scans and images of the planet verified its garden world state. However, when an Alliance survey ship, the SSV [Hugo] Gernsback, was dispatched to the system in 2173, the ship inexplicably stopped reporting back, effectively blacking out upon reaching the system. Later unofficial surveys of the planet made by the 'then-Cerberus' human vessel, the Normandy SR-2 and its crew detected and confirmed the planet's nitrogen-oxygen atmospheric makeup. The planet's atmosphere suggested carbon-based fauna and photosynthetic flora. however the Normandy's extraction of Gernsback survivors, found evidence of neural-degeneration when native flora was consumed by non-native sapients. Later years and further scans of the planet have made it a rather undesirable world, currently moderately ranking on the Alliance's colonization priority.



    (The above depiction is of 2175 AR2's largest moon; Unnamed)

    A large gas giant world, and second from the star Alpha Draconis; the formally unnamed world, known only as its catalog name 2175 AR2, is a standard hydrogen-helium Jovian. Initial surveys of the planet detected the world and 21 natural satellites. One moon of particular interest, yet to be named, is of a near-earth size, and contains a relatively thick nitrogen-methane atmosphere. The few observations made by short probe flybys of the unremarkable system yielded evidence of hydrocarbon seas and lakes; similar to that of Saturn's moon, Titan. It's other moons are largely airless, with only one other moon that appears to have a substantial atmosphere.






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    Growth of the Imperial City

    The modern city of Yasaka started as a simple small town on the banks of the river Natsuku. During an expedition loggers found the remains of the Imperial Castle Matsumoto so named after the towering mountain that lay a far reaching shadow over the settlement. This sparked a population boom around what would become the Imperial district. Yasaka the original town was soon absorbed into the metropolis we see today.

    Yasaka Village:


    The Original Logging enterprise was a modest enterprise:


    Now Yasaka is the cosmopolitan, financial and cultural capital of the Natsuku region, and has grown far beyond its ancient Imperial ancestry. Tourists flock to the city to climb Mt Matsumoto and view the city from the Sky Temple, the cities oldest temple... The view offers panoramic vistas of the city below with the colossal financial towers jetting up skyward.

    Eva Air Jet takes off from Yasaka


    The City View from the Sky Temple is a popular spot for tourists who can take in the vista:


    The Walk up to the Sky Temple, Tourists can also visit the Yasaka Star Observatory next door:


    The Imperial district is home to the Japanese Castle where the emperor visited as a retreat from official business, now business men and tourists alike delight in the gardens and the castles majestic surroundings. Else where in the city there is plenty to do including mega shopping malls, art museums and opera houses!

    The Cities Skytrain network supplements the metro system speeding commuters above the bustling streets below, jetting through the towers of the city and connecting you to the cities marvels!

    Matsumoto Castle, Imperial District


    Yasaka's Mega mall along the waterfront is a shoppers delight:


    A Temple in Kenji District:


    Yasaka's Skytrain network is popular for touring the sprawling city though lacks speed and efficiency of the metro:


    Yasaka is based on a SC4 city I created once, some of the custom assets I created myself such as the Sky temple/Orange Japanese Temple. The Castle is by another player on the workshop. I miss all the content for SC4 such as stuff by Somy and the HK Asia bat team but Skylines is doing very well with many magnificent workshop items available... HK Asia bat team pleas make stuffs for skylines!

    Current Areal view of the City Yasaka:


    Thanks for visiting

    -Lew1984/Optron Warrior  

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    Hello everyone!

    Today we're taking a tour of the downtown area of our new sunny city! Allons-y!


    Downtown Glenvale - a collection of buildings neatly arranged in a grid. Well, for the most part.


    Glenvale is full of buses, though the picture is skewed as we are at the corner of Davies and Walgrove, and this is where most bus lines converge.


    Concord Square is a park in the middle of town. Tropical plants were added in 5E30, and during the Great War it was used as a rally point for recruiters. However in the 70s it had become derelict, much less the rest of the city at the time. Some people even wanted to simply get rid of the park and replace it with a giant parking lot. Thankfully, those efforts never came true and the park was refurbished in 5E101. 


    Driving on Davies Avenue, three of the city's biggest buildings on different sides of the corner with Downey Avenue. The closest is the Cookie Factory building. Behind it, just opposite Downey, one can find Diamond Tower. Both towers were built in the 80s, resulting in the eviction of three thousand people who lived there. Facing Concord Square, the third building (here on the right hand side) is the great Bluerise Tower.


    However, the biggest building in the city is by far the Mithril Arch. About sixty floors on two sides, linked together with skybridges (also dubbed skycranes). This building was erected in 5E112, and is now known as the icon of southern Kingscote. Due to the low taxes, many high tech companies have their HQ in this tower and there are restaurants and other facilities within the tower, so that residents do not need to leave the tower at all; however as of 5E122, more than 40% of the building is still empty.


    Looking at the sky and at the top of the Mithril Arch.


    Some of the city's older streets and neighbourhoods have been retained, however. This area is located in South Downtown.


    The city centre is organized in six super-blocks bounded by the major avenues. This is the corner of Federal Avenue and Rowland Avenue - the Mithril Arch can just be seen in the background.


    This being Fifth Era Nirn, magic has become near extinct. However, there are still a few wizards and the facilities that accomodate them. This is the Mages' Guild, a centre for learning arcane magic, and a dwelling ground for mages of all backgrounds. The only other Mages Guild in Cathnoquey is located in its capital, Wellingborough.


    Talking of learning..this is Glenvale University. It is tucked away in the further reaches of low-rise downtown. There are plans to move the university grounds to a more suitable, and grander place with campuses and parks...but those plans need money and one thing Glenvale has little of is cash at the moment.


    The Fortune Cookie tower, overshadowed by the much taller Stark Tower to the left. You can see the sea at the end of that one road! Stark Tower itself is full of financial companies, but the top floors are dedicated to the Blades and their most powerful magisters.


    There is a lovely balcony on top of the Cookie tower, which is often used for official receptions.


    A tiny chapel is completely overwhelmed by the bigger high rises all around it. However, its unique architecture means it is protected as a national heritage site, and that it cannot be destroyed.


    In the southern reaches of the downtown core, the Dragon Memorial stands proud as a memorial to the Cathnoqueyans who died in the Great War against Akavir.


    Driving eastbound on Davies Avenue, and out of the downtown core. However, higher-rise buildings can be seen for about fifteen more blocks. Commerce Tower is just hidden by closer brownstone buildings.The red facade building to the far-right is in fact part of the Civic Center complex.


    Glenvale Central Station with its iconic bell tower. The Station has six tracks and is the southern terminus of the East Coast Main Line that runs from Wellsborough, Aleswell and the state capital, Albany. Soon enough, Amesbury would become a major station on that line, but it's a few hundred miles north...  It is also a terminus of the South Kingscote Regional Commuter system, which took over local services in the area a few years ago.


    The Central Station is also the city bus network's main hub. Here is a few of the bus station itself. That specific day, line 1B - the second-busiest- was disrupted, leading to a huge queue of waiting passengers.


    The Commerce Tower as seen from the tracks just ahead of Central Station.


    A Springdale Line SKRC train leaves Central Station. The R68s are sturdy trains of Breton design, and were in fact built in High Rock, then shipped to Cathnoquey. This particular train is made of 7 coaches.


    A Chirper Tower on the eastern edge of town - this is one of the principal HQs, though Chirper Inc. prefers its decentralized structure. This is the building that would serve as model for smaller HQs across the country.


    Next to Chirper Tower, a much bigger stone monolith stands as one of the landmarks of the city. Behind, Chirper Park is a lovely area for Chirper employees and locals alike to enjoy.


    The downtown core is bounded by highways - this is where M102 separates from the M1 motorway.


    Glenvale is a city of innovation - the Aperture Enrichment Center is a place for scientists to gather and works together with Glenvale University. 


    Aperture Park - the biggest downtown park in Glenvale - is built around the Enrichment Center, but maintained by the city council. 


    The city motorway system is relatively expensive, but it could have been MUCH bigger. A motorway was supposed to link the southern side of the downtown core together (effectively cutting off downtown from the rest of the city), but after the destruction caused by early works, the project was called off amidst severe civil unrest. Motorways M101 and M102 are the only legacy of this aborted plan.


    It would have required the destruction of this beautiful city beach, for instance - though the river is awfully low on this shot. Glenvale is enduring an ongoing drought, and water levels are at their lowest ever.


    And that's it - an overall view of downtown Glenvale looking east. Many buildings are in fact no more than a few stories tall, due to restrictions on height in the building code.

    And now for maps!


    Glenvale street map - well, the major streets anyway.


    Bus services around Glenvale : 22 regular lines criss-cross the city. Game values say 5320 people a week, but that's a simulation value. The thick lines are for lines or parts of lines with more than 600 passengers a game week. I don't know how much it is supposed to represent in real time, however :/


    And finally, the South Kingscote Regional Commuter (SKRC) Rail map! There is only one station in the city itself for now, but that might change. More of a regional network anyway (there are 100 miles between Albany and Glenvale). 

    That's it for now! Hope you like this entry and the new city! Thanks for reading, and as usual feedback is appreciated :) 

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