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    Hello everyone,

    It has been about six months since the R.C.D. was stopped because of a backup problem... I am happy to announce the good news that the region is finally resuming! Yes, a few weeks ago when I was not very inspired for the region of Helsakoh, I decided to restart the R.C.D. just for me to remember the work I had done. Out of curiosity, I tried to make backups to see if the backup bug persisted, I was persuaded that the backups would not work and would make a CTD... But to my utter astonishment, no bugs and I can play normally on it...

    I do not understand how this is possible, at the time my region had started planting suddenly from day to day without even making a change in the Plugins folder. Since my folder Plugins has changed a lot and there have been new additions, I do not know if I put something in the folder plugins that was missing in the tile of Fanèse like for example a BAT or mod, but now it works... I have been testing for several days to officially confirm that the R.C.D. is working normally.

    The R.C.D. that comes back, also want the Helsakoh region to stop with the cooperation of kbieniu7. Helsakoh was for me the replacement of Dahammas because despite the Phoenix Project, I always love to build cities with a minimum of management. I discussed with kbieniu7 whether it's the kind that I abandon Helsakoh, and after discussion he agrees that I take over Dahammas.

    I apologize for creating a false hope for Helsakoh, and I apologize again to you kbieniu7.

  2. sabstion
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    The Metro, or M, is Alexandria's subway system. With 4 lines and 30 stations, and a light rail line with 23 stations,  it's unusually comprehensive for such a small city, particularly in the United States. Today it serves more than 150,000 riders each day.

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    Each line is named after the color as it appears on the map, except for the Brookline Shuttle, which is orange, and the Capital Connect, which is lavender. Every line is subway and elevated rail, apart from the Black Line, which is light rail. Black Line stops are marked with dashes, but stop at the regular stations as well. Sanders used to be called Pullman Street, State House used to be called Central Station, and Capitol Commons used to be called State House (I know, it's confusing). The Madison Black Line Stop is actually nearly directly in front of Sanders Station, but for realism purposes and aesthetic reasons it made more sense for the Blue Line to continue straight west.

    History of the M

    Starting in the late 19th century, Alexandria had a network of rail lines running across town. From the west, lines ran from southern Yorktown and the Industrial District, in what is now Kensington. These converged roughly where Sanders Station is today and rose up onto a viaduct. This continued east, stopping at a Chapman Avenue station, and crossed the Seneca River. The Yorktown line then headed northeast before curving east to College Park, while the Industrial District line turned south, descending to ground level. It had two branches: one to Industrial Park, where Acton Park is now, and one to Brownsville, via Hartford and Burlington. The tracks were extended beyond College Park on the first line to Brownsville in 1908, closely following the present alignment of the Blue and Purple Lines. The Halifax line, some of which is still in operation, ran from Halifax to Central Station, near the State House. It passed under Chapman Avenue and ran along the same route as the Capital Connect does today. This line is still in operation. Additionally, two streetcars ran through Alexandria: the downtown Chapman Streetcar, opened in 1908, and the East Side's Brown Streetcar, opened in 1912. All of these were privately owned and operated.

    By the late 1940s, ridership on the train lines was declining, in part due to the rise of the automobile as the dominant form of transportation. When I-85 was completed in 1956, the lines' fate was effectively sealed, and they closed in 1959.

    However, with Alexandria growing and congestion increasing, it became clear that Alexandrians needed another way to get around. Studies commenced in 1963, and in 1964 recommended the construction of a rapid transit system. The plan was finalized in 1966, calling for purchasing the old rail right of way and rebuilding viaducts on the East Side with a tunnel under I-85 as well as elevated rail in Seneca and subways downtown. The Blue and Purple Lines would take the same route and stations as the old rail lines on the East Side, but would dive underground to cross the Seneca River. They would stop at Mattapan Square, then diverge. The Purple Line would stop at Camsden Square, the State House, and Central Station. The Blue Line would stop at the planned Robert B. Reich Convention Center, Pullman Street, Ellis Street, and Wellesley Hill. The Red Line, starting at the State House, would head north, stopping at the Convention Center station, continuing north into Seneca with an eastward curve through Kensington. The Chapman and Brown Streetcars would be converted into modern light rail, with their own rights of way and a tube under the Seneca River connecting the two. Construction began on January 25, 1967.

    Halifax wanted its own line, and the Green Line was added to the plan in 1968. The lines opened in phases, with the Blue Line from Brownsville to College Hill first, then the Red Line from Fisher Street to Kensington, then the Green Line from West Halifax to Yorktown, and then the Purple Line from Burlington to MacArthur. The Black Line opened next, followed by the underground section from Brownsville to Burlington, and finally the downtown subway.

    The system opened with the full Green Line, the Purple Line from Brownsville to Central Station (which has since been renamed State House), the Blue Line from Brownsville to Wellesley Hill, the Red Line from Fisher Street to State House (which has since been renamed Capitol Commons), and the Black Line from Hartford to Madison.

    The system has expanded several times since then. The Red Line was extended from Capitol Commons to Hartford as part of the Acton Park redevelopment in 1992; The Black Line was extended to Warren Street in 1998; the Purple Line between State House and Sanders and the Brookline Shuttle was built as part of the Capital Connect in 2015; and the Black Line branch to Newton was built in 2016.

    Today, 157,000 riders take the M each day, or 38% of all trips made within the city. Alexandria has the fourth-highest transit ridership of any U.S. city. However, problems still remain: the system's proved too popular and the network is over capacity, particularly on the Red Line. The Alexandria Transit Authority is considering options to address this, but no plans have gained traction.

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    A Blue Line train leaving College Hill. The original brown-brick viaducts were restored in 1968.

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    A Black Line train on Brown Street.

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    A Green Line train. Yorktown residents refused a concrete viaduct, so the tracks were placed on an embankment.

  3. Tonraq
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    この物語はここに終わり。

    Major announcement at the bottom of this entry. Please read it, thank you.

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    There’s a weird feeling when the journey has reached its end. In the beginning, you start out small and careful, thinking of the great things that you could do someday. However, as you move forward towards your dream, that bright light of the future begins to dim. Like a flow of a river, the once raging currents slow into a meander. What now could be of use now that we have almost reached the end?  Will the journey continue across the vast oceans? 

    I thought I would have to share this story about my friend who had reached his end about a week or two ago. I don't know what exactly happened with him, but I could still not believe that he is gone. I feel the urge to move on, but I can't seem to do so without him. With all my strength I must tell it to you. Would you mind hearing me out for a couple of minutes?

    "Yes," Rairen responds. "I feel bad that we are about to lose Shigetomo this sudden. There is much adventure that he had going for him." He turned his head toward the Buddha and started to chant the nembutsu. Naotaka looked on as Rairen begins his ritual, eventually joining him in prayer. As the two finished their prayers, Naotaka turned towards Rairen to tell his story.

    "A few weeks ago..."

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    “So where are we exactly?” replied Shigetomo, looking left and right to the various building geometries in an intersection. An electronic screen billboard that was left on by the signage advertising agency caught him with its flashing white lights, displaying the mysterious message “WILD WILD WILD” to him. Below this electronic billboard is a dimly lighted entrance of a train station. Shigetomo initially did not agree to come with him at the station, since he was still finishing his work at the Ministry of Transport. After his co-worker insisted him to come, Shigetomo agreed to excuse himself from work and told the new Minister for transport that he will be away for a little bit to become a chaperon for his friend. They got on a limited express train bound for Kanaizawa at the Okami terminal but stopped immediately at a station located west of the city. 

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    “Kanda,” replied a co-worker with a smug on his face. His hands are placed in his suit pocket and had been touching something. Shigetomo thought that the person is a little perplexed, and his hands were visibly trembling inside his pocket. He believed that since this was a new area unfamiliar with them, it is natural for him to be a little frightened on what would happen to them. Shigetomo asked if he is alright, but the coworker smiled and asked if he could sit down beside the station's ticket machine. It took more than five minutes before his coworker came out of the washroom. "There you are," Shigetomo uttered with an increasingly impatient look.

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    "So (redacted name), what brings us to Kanda today?" Shigetomo inquired. The coworker seemed to have reacted differently with a frightening glance. Shigetomo then noticed something strange about the area. The canopy had been built, but there are no stores open. What should have been a busy shopping area (Kanda is usually teeming with shoppers during the day) is replaced by people who he may not want to talk to. Quite spontaneously, Shigetomo notices that something is not right.

    On the other end of Kanda lies a Buddhist temple of the Tendai sect. As the priests and monks of the temple prepare for their Shojin Ryouri (Vegetarian Dinner) for the evening, an ominous bang was heard throughout the temple. At first, the monks were mesmerized to see what had happened but 3, 4, 5, and many more bangs later, they realized what had going on. Chaos had descended just before the sun sets in the background.

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    ("I don't know what to say, Rairen," replied Naotaka. "You need to hang on. I know it's difficult but I am all here for you," Rairen answered.)

    At Kanda, things were as grim as the overcast skies that were above Okami that day. A major gang battle had gone between two rival factions that I myself do not know the details of. The two were hit in the crossfire. The coworker was hit in the head and was laying unconscious in the tiled alleyway with his head bleeding. Shigetomo was hit in the stomach but was still able to leave the area in horror. He ran towards the temple seeking for help, not knowing that he was mortally wounded. Soon, he became dizzy and eventually lose consciousness in front of the temple. Before he lost his consciousness he uttered "Nao-taka," and that was when the Tendai priests took his mobile phone and called the emergency contact.

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    "Now, the government had asked me to be a liaison for Shigetomo while they are in charge of his health. However, doctors have told me that he would not be able to survive it since it damaged his liver and one of the bullets had lodged in his spine," Naotaka mentioned to Rairen while tears are flowing. "In a way, I would not be able to see him anymore." Rairen comforts Naotaka and provides him solace while they wait for the news.

    The news came at around six o'clock in the afternoon.

    Honda Shigetomo is dead.

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    Naotaka had a difficult time digesting the grim news, but in the end they managed to compose themselves and take the body for its immediate burial at the temple in Okami. It was a disappointing end to his short adventures around Okaiken, and Naotaka is left alone in the middle of the journey. A few days later, Naotaka had lost most of his motivation, asking the public school that he is working at for a leave of absence so that he could attend Shigetomo's burial.

    He boards a train bound for Kanda. 

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    Skies continued to be grim during that day. As the train passed over a road, Naotaka noticed that it had been mostly desolate, with only one to two cars traversing the avenue. It feels like something was not right in the district at all, as if the people suddenly disappears.

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    At a nearby temple in Igawara (Kotai-ji), where Shigetomo's lifeless body is interred, a monk prepares to embalm his body when he noticed that there is something that is unusual. He found a functioning watch that he kept in back pocket. In the watch, the clock is set at 4:29 in the afternoon, which is unusual since it is already close to seven o'clock in the afternoon. The priest corrects the time to the usual time and suddenly, Shigetomo's body seemed to disappear out of nowhere.

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    At the edge of Kanda on an AirBNB stay, Naotaka was informed about the timepiece according to the priest. He advised the priest to keep it under the temple's ownership as he was not named as the beneficiary of Shigetomo. He had been thinking if he should even pick up his body for burial, but he knows that as his best friend, Shigetomo would not be happy in the end when they reach The Pure Land.

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    The grim days continued for Naotaka. By Saturday, he had been always seeking his sect for emotional help. He had considered suicide but he remembered from Ichijoudani not to kill himself as he promised Shigetomo that he is going to live in a future without him. He returned to Shigetomo's Okami apartment to gather Shigetomo's personal belongings. At first he did not know it due to the rows of houses that dominate over the area. However, seeing this exercise before he managed to find his apartment. The landlord had given him keys for 3 days so he can package and send Shigetomo's belongings to either him or Rairen. Naotaka complied and began to one by one sort through his belongings.

    While unpacking a box that contained Shigetomo's work at the ministry, Naotaka found a small gear on the timepiece. It seemed to have fit into one of the missing gears on the timepiece. On another box that came from their souvenir trip at Onjuku, he found another one that would have completed the timepiece. Naotaka was in awe and decided to call the temple if he can have Shigetomo's timepiece. The temple agreed, and Naotaka bolted out of the apartment building and towards the temple.

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    Naotaka's feelings began to improve. He called Rairen in order for them to meet at the Tendai-sect temple. Kanda, however, was still in a state of trauma after the battle, and many streets were lacking people. 

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    The temple was on sight. 

    However, in a wicked twist of fate, they found the temple surrounded by yellow tape. "Why is it surrounded by police?" Naotaka asked the policeman who was guarding the property. "The police is currently investigating the head monk of the temple as the instigator of a gambling ring that may have caused two gang factions to fight," muttered the police. Naotaka seemed to have lost hope into recovering the timepiece. In tears, he kept the gears onto his chest and prayed for the safe passage of Shigetomo.

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    Rairen never heard of Naotaka again after the incident. He had regret not helping Naotaka recover from his depression, and he may have believed that he had died. In truth, no one knows what happened to him until I met him at Ninohe. I had recently checked the school that he works on and he's not there anymore. They said that he had moved to Chino, a rural village near his hometown of Ichijoudani to work at the prefectural office. 

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    At Chino, locals said that Shigetomo had left the town after three years work at the town office. According to officials, Naotaka said that he moved to Ninohe to work as a tourism promoter of the area, but they were not sure if he is still employed there.

    It was a chance that I would finally see him at Ninohe. 

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    I finally met him at a ramen-ya. He seemed to have fully adopted a normal, happy life with his new wife and his young boy that he called "Tomo" when we sat down together. When we settled down I told him that I work at the Nikkan Shinbun. He seems surprised that I had determined where he lives as he did not really tell anyone, even his friend, about his whereabouts. I told him "I was here as part of an investigation about corruption at the City of Okami," and asked, "do you know this timepiece?" I showed him the device and he was stunned to see it. He frantically searched for the two gears and then found them in a small, locked wooden case. "May I borrow that?" he said. He ran towards the jewelry shop across the street with his family and asked the man to quickly repair the watch. After he fixed it he told his wife and child about the timepiece and then gave it to me. He seemed to have finally be settled in peace.

    After the interview to him was finished, he told me to keep the timepiece and discover the meaning of life through it. I was intrigued to try it so I am going to do it tonight. 

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    "The train rolled by as I began to wind the timepiece on its correct time. And then he disappeared," Naotaka states. "Thank you, Shigetomo, for bringing me to a life that I am happy with. It may not be the pure land, but it's a start of a new life that I am happy with. I will fight on without you!" Naotaka shed tears as he remembers his adventures with Shigetomo. It is time to move on and cheer. 
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    Shigetomo had woken up back in an army camp near the Ichijoudani River. It was just before the Seige of the Castle begins but could not determine if they had won or not. He looked at the reflection of himself into the river and saw that he had been wounded and had bandages around his stomach. "My lord, you are still not healed yet," replied one of his assistants. "We found you in front of the castle by yourself trying to make negotiations with Naotaka but then you were shot. I thought that you were about to die so we sent our forces to retake the castle."

    "Naotaka, where's Naotaka?" Shigetomo asked in panic.

    "Hotta Muneshige had captured him. He awaits your orders." Immediately after that, even in pain, he ran towards Muneshige's camp at Mount Hiei. 

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    There he found a group of farmer's houses. It was becoming increasingly foggy as the elevation becomes higher but Shigetomo, even in utmost pain, climbed towards the house. As he reached it, he asked for both Hotta, who was about to finish his breakfast, and Naotaka, who is still tied up. "Naotaka."

    Naotaka did not respond as if his spirit was taken away from him. "Muneshige, taking his sword, suddenly took his sword and...

    Shigetomo watched in horror of what had happened. He can be heard screaming Muneshige on top of his lungs. He then slumped to the floor.

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    A sailor from an Insular navy had just landed in the Mitoyagi Islands setting his sights into new opportunities in Okaiken regarding diplomacy. He had hoped that a new deal with his nation would materialize with the new bakufu government at Okami. Dignitaries from the bakufu had already boarded the vessel for exchange of information about shipbuilding. Initially, the captain refused but eventually accepted. 

    "We want you to sign a deal collaborating with other sovereign nations of the world," said the captain. "We agree," responded by the dignitaries on the ship.

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    As the sailor walked through Kanda, he saw two heads that were displayed on the gate of the temple. He did not know the two but they seemed to have a high status of power because of their hairstyle or the helmets. A black helmet adorned with deer antlers can be seen to the left of one head; the other, a red helmet with tall yellow horns can be seen to the right of the other head. The citizens were seemingly interested with the beheaded officials. Most of them kept mum, some were in tears.

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    At one of the temples, they were seemingly busy with burning the bodies in order for them to turn it to ashes. A lot of people were also near the area, curious about what is going on inside the temple. The sailor asked to himself "If the new bakufu government is installed, that means that those two were part of the previous bakufu?"

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    The sailor continued to travel around the district to see the disappointed faces of the majority as the new shogun of Mitoyagi takes over. Streets were becoming emptier as soldiers begin to secure the city against supporters of the previous shogunate.

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    Evening fell, and the sailor closed his eyes in one of the local ryokans that are dominant in ancient Okami.

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    At Ichijoudani, the head priest begin to chant the nembutsu. It's the start of the Futarigyo Festival where the priests mourn the dead of the past and celebrate the future. The river continues to flow through the town and its contents spilled over to the vast oceans. 

    Here lies a spot where the pain ends and an optimistic future begins. Even though the two's journey had been cut short, It gave us the time to reflect on what is possible and what is not. It was the graves of Ii "Bizen no Kami" Naotaka and Honda "Izumo no Kami" Shigetomo.

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    "Thank you for hearing out our stories," said Rairen.

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    Thank you for reading the update! I hope that you enjoy the journey that we had today regarding our main characters. I know it's a little bit depressing to see their fates sealed in a small timepiece that had distorted time it was also great seeing their adventure unfold over the past two years. It had been my passion to see the characters and the storytelling and the city building grow into complete fruition. It had been my mouthpiece when I am interested in a topic or become interested in things that I want to have a say on. It was fun to interact with friends and viewers of the journal to see what could be done and what was done better. I would like to give you my gratitude for being there with me.

    And now, time for the sad news.

    I have decided to shut down Okaiken.

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    While it may seem fun at first, recent events in my real life mean that my time in this journal has passed and it is time for me to move on into other endeavours.  It feels like for me, I had been travelling alone for too long and I had lost a lot of friends like what you saw in the journal update later. It feels like if I keep straddling the same road I won't be able to recover anything. I must take a different road now. 

    When I last did a farewell message in 2011 I was optimistic with what would happen next. I got what I had wanted back then, I managed to put Okaiken in USNW while participating in Queensferry's Wars; A Thousand Words was published after 20-some chapters and it got solved; finally, The Times of Troix remained open as a functioning community newspaper that it even won a Trixie! My heartfelt thanks to all of you guys! Okaiken took me to the craziest of places, introduced me to my Japanese friends and the Japanese language and my passion with landscape architecture and city planning as well as even Asian history. Without it, I could have wondered where I may ended up...

    Anyway, time for the final replies of the journal! @JP Schriefer Thank you for being a regular visitor of the journal. I hope you enjoyed the last 5 years of it. Happy New Year to You! @raynev1 Thank you so much for visiting the journal and supporting it along the way. That film with the boxer was although non-understandable was about fulfilling dreams. Once again, thank you so much and I hope to see you around! @MeMyself&I Thank you for the compliments! And yes, I can answer that question for you. The composer is Toshiyuki Watanabe. He had composed great, original soundtracks and classical music pieces in Japan. Didn't know if he's that big elsewhere but he's capable of conducting really beautiful music for anime, TV shows and movies. There's Joe Hisaishi (if you want Ghibli soundtracks), Yoko Kanno (composer that did this beautiful update music), Takayuki Hattori, Akira Senju, Kenji Kawai, Tomita Isao, Shinichiro Ikebe, etc. Lots LOL :P @Ln X You have been such a wonderful regular of this journal, and I would like to thank you for your support! See you around at some time :) @slickbg56 Welcome back, before you went MIA you were a great contributor and a regular of this journal! Happy new year and enjoy your new endeavours. @_Michael thanks for being a great regular to the journal! (PS please PM me if you have question about you know... ;) ) @kschmidt Thank you very much! Happy new year to you as well.

    @Ln X I hope you enjoyed that last update! @raynev1 thanks for tuning in! @jmsepe Thanks for being a great rival to the journal, you have been a good critic ;) (Waiting for your CJ to come soon HAHAHAHA). @kschmidt Thanks! @123deoliveira4 Thank you very much! I hope you enjoyed the main update as well! @kingofsimcity Thanks for being a regular visitor! I hope to see you around sometime soon.

    @CorinaMarie Thank you very much for the input and the visit! I hope to see you at the staff room :lol: @CT14 thank you! I hope you enjoyed this journal during its run and I hope to see you again around the site. @JP Schrieferthanks! @kschmidt thanks! @raynev1 yeah, working with a wide range of Japanese music sometimes lead to an interesting update LOL, but I won't go truly Initial D on that one :lol: @korver thanks for visiting! Sorry to close this CJ at this time, but you are so awesome at stuff. Hope you can recreate Japanese scenes for us next time lol :P @_Michael thanks! @Takingyouthere Thanks for being a regular visitor. Hope to see you again on site and keep up the good work! @jmsepe so it comes down to you. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA :lol: 

    Final word of thanks to the team: @jmsepe, @__A, @NielsC007, @jayguum, @TowerDude, Aran, and SimEmirate

    Thanks to the former USNW members for their input, my Japanese friends and teachers for culture notes, my professors for those critiques. They are essential to the very blood of this journal.

    I leave you now with this clip from NTV (Nippon Television/NNN). Good Night, and I'll see you along the way...

     

  4. Hello Everyone!

    It's been far, far too long. I hope life is treating each of you very well!

    I'm happy to present this entry, but it feels a little bittersweet. Today we will take one last drive through the Little Traverse Bay harbor country. This city has been nearly three years in the making! I never anticipated that it would take this long, but real life always seems to pop up. That being said, I feel like this is the most complete city I have ever made. I'm pretty happy with the direction that the build has taken over the years. On to some photos!

    US 31 winds its way around Little Traverse Bay, and we find ourselves starting at the southern most end of the city. This is where we find the vacation getaway that is Bay Harbor.

    The village boasts a gas station, county sheriff's office, volunteer fire station, and a few small shops. Bay Shore's population jumps up in the summer as vacationers arrive at their cottages. The premium attraction is the Grand Traverse Resort & Conference Center. There is a large golf course that is quite popular!

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    Here is a closer look at the cottages that cover the bluffs.

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    Further east along US 31 we arrive in Petoskey. The city has seen some changes, the biggest change being the water front. A better tour is available in the previous city Journal that highlights the town.

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    This is the updated water front. The dock space organization is much better. I also wanted to highlight the water front's industrial heritage. Gentrification has swept through the heavy industries. Many of the working class homes have also been converted into more modern living spaces.

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    The downtown area is still a bright spot in the region!

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    East of Petoskey are the hills that surround Walloon Lake. The countryside is filled with wineries, dairy farms, and many staple crops. Bay shore, not to be confused with Bay Harbor, is visible at the bottom of the photo.

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    This is the heart of Walloon Lake. The village is home to the regions agriculture. The railway station is over a hundred years old! The large rail trestle is a popular spot for photographers. A man made channel connects the two portions of the spring fed lake. This area is popular with kayak and boating enthusiasts, as well as fishermen.

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    Farms, a church, a winery, and a few small homes dot the countryside south of Walloon Lake.

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    Back on US 31, the highway winds northward along the coast line. We see the forests, dunes, hills, and the North Branch of Walloon Lake that make up Petosaga State Park.

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    Whoa, watch the road...

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    More farms, more coast line.

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    We've arrived at Menonaqua, just outside of Harbor Springs. The main point of interest here is the Traverse Bay Regional Airport. Menonaqua also hosts the region's fuel depot, wind farms, recycling waste center, and a train station. Three highways connect in this small town. We'll continue west on US 31 from here. Fortunately there is good signage to point travelers in the right direction.

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    Hey, check out this wind farms. Logging is still taking place here as well.

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    We've nearly reached Harbor Springs. This farm stands overlooking the Pere Marquette Railway line as it approaches the town.

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    We've arrived in downtown Harbor Springs. This small town is a famous vacation destination in the north country. The town has a strong tourist and industrial past. It is situated on the northwest corner of Little Traverse Bay, making a nearly perfect natural harbor.

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    And here's that harbor. This photo is looking northward.

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    The Iron Horse Hotel is still in operation both as a hotel and a train station. There are many tourist activities available along the boardwalk area. People are clearly enjoying the day.

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    The western edge of downtown is the industrial area. Manufacturing in the area has changed over the years, but Northern Lumber and Acme Boiler continue to be profitable. Harbor Mill Works closed two decades ago, but it has been revitalized as a centerpiece for the downtown. It now houses shops, restaurants, and apartments.

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    US 31 winds north at Harbor Springs, but this photo is taken looking towards the south, back towards the Bay. The land formation is Stafford's Point, an homage to the family that settled here in the early 1800's. The point is now home to multi-millionaires. At the bottom of the photo is Harbor Springs School and the Point West neighborhood. The Harbor Springs Union Hall and the industrial area can also be seen.

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    Well, we've come to the final photo, and it pretty much sums up life in this corner of the word. We see people of all backgrounds lining the pier. Some are fishing, some are boat watching, others swim or just enjoy the day. A sharp looking speed boat is returning from a cruise on the bay...

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    That's all from Harbor Country! Thank you all for reading over the past few years! It has been a lot of fun making this project and sharing it with all of you! I hope life continues to treat each of you very well.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    This si how the new Crown Building fits in my Bayou district

     

    Also i've finished building the base for the seaport. it spreads over 5 large city tiles

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    In the next entry i think i'll do some work on the airport and after that i'll come back with some pics from Bayou because there are a lot of stuff i want to show you in Bayou

  6. Lake Nopreille

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    I wanted to post a bit of an overview of my city (very much under construction of course), to give a taste of where I hope this journal can go. Below I have included a "starter set" of overview images, complete with a Cimtographer OSM map.

    As I mentioned, much of the city is incomplete. There are massive sections that do not yet exist in any way (such as an international airport, country club, solar array, and lots and lots more suburbs, complete with functioning puiblic transit), and those sections that do are in various stages of completion, with most of it needing more refinements and detailing.

    That being said, here's a few overview shots of the city as a whole. Enjoy!

     

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    Overview of the Business district, Capitol hill, and shore-line apartments. University is to the right, Highway 10 to the left, and the central park + new developments at the top.

     

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    The central park and newer city center, from above. Older apartments around the original park on the left mix with with newer construction to the right. The main road bisects the two (disregard the Opera House just off camera to the right, as it is simply a placeholder for a proper asset). The sunken highway runs across the top of the image.


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    The central park of the city, looking north. An older cathedral sits just off of the park, amongst the much newer apartment buildings.


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    The newly-minted university, situated in a small space between the main highway (Highway 10) over the mountain pass and the shore of the lake. An old lighthouse sits on a rocky outcropping to the right (yes, it's a lake, so no, there are no large ships. Just roll with it).

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    The Central Transit Station, located just behind the university (you can see it in the background of the photo above). With the launch of the Metro Overhaul Mod, I've been in the process of rebuilding my transit system from scratch. This older station sill services the old tracking, but will soon be updated to house the newer metro system. Because having two systems necessitates multiple points of transit between inter-city rail and the local metro, this station will become one of two transit hubs, the other located on the west end of the city. Also, don't mind the wobbly highway to the left. That's getting rebuilt too (I built that before I had the newer version of Road Anarchy as well as Move It! installed).

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    The beginning of northern suburbs. Because of the transit system running to the left of Rt. 101, a more "experimental" entrance/exit system was required (thanks to the Move It! mod for making this possible). The International Airport is planned to sit in the space at the top of the image, along the edge of the lake.

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    This developing neighborhood is just north of downtown. It's actually now comprised of two neighborhoods, but is itself a converted industrial area that I redeveloped. I always felt the original was an eyesore, especially so close to downtown. So the area is comprised of two parks - Ironwood Park & Eastwood Park - and both have mixed use residential/commercial sections. There's also a soccer stadium on the northwest edge of the neighborhood

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  7. I am glad to welcome you in the capital of the Guademian republic again. Today you will get acquainted with two more districts of the city (more correctly with their southern parts). This districts:  Broonwick and Baydfall. Their southern parts border in the south on North Nord Fill and are divided by Weits River. These areas aren't so popular with tourists as they the historic center of the city, but at the same time aren't less interesting and not less important. These areas have the main important role for permanent residents of the capital, though to guests of the capital these areas can be remarkable (in particular some quarters of these areas). In these two areas some universities, the market, important administrative objects, the ministries, the former prison, and nowadays being the museum, one of terminals of a city-suburban electric train are located. This area is also crossed by the second boulevard ring(Friedrick Boulevard Ring) that does these areas by important transport hubs of the city. The most part of quarters of these areas is sleeping, but also there are some historical sights. These areas were included in structure of Norige Hills in 1896, and earlier were its  suburbs.

                                                  BROONWICK(south)

    Broonwick — the third district of Norige Hills. The southern part of the area (about which we speak today) adjoins to the central part of the city, as a part of Norige Hills is educated in the 19th century. Is the densely populated area with a set of municipal housing though there is a historical architecture (mainly in the southern part of the area which developed because of proximity to the city). It is known approximately since 1200.The area is located in the northwest of the central part of the city of Norige Hills. Occupies the space of 7,42 sq.km. This area is in the center of the municipal districts of Norige Hills. The area borders on the area Hadilston in the north, in the south borders on Nord Fill(northern part), the East borders on the district Baydfall.The Weast Borders on the district Nidhans. In the south it is separated from the district Nord Fill by the Weits River.In comparison with other central regions of the city, is rather planted trees and shrubs, thanks to big space in the southern part which is built up in the majority with municipal buildings.The area is most known for the concert hall built in 1979 in which there take place all main concerts of the country which are broadcast on all central channels of the country. It was constructed by Evgeny Bluming. In the territory of the area also the market with the name of the area of the same name is located. On the Clapham square Saint Rupert's and Virgil cathedral is located.Has been attached to the city in 1896, and earlier was the suburb of the capital.

    The big sleeping quarter Vauxhall has been built in the period of 1960-1970, instead of shabby housing, for working class. Sleeping quarter has been divided into two blocks. The block A settles down to the southwest of the area on the Weits River, overlooking the small park on quay.The quarter is crossed by a boulevard ring. This sleeping quarter has a convenient arrangement, thanks to existence of the main thoroughfare of the city and a wide choice of public transport (many bus and tram routes cross this quarter) therefore it is very convenient to inhabitants of this quarter to reach for work practically any point of the city. In Blok A also there is a kindergarten and school. There are playgrounds, parking spaces and several large supermarkets within walking distance.

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    In the Block B there are two schools, 1 kindergarten, city policlinic. With the Block A it is divided by a Friedrick boulevard ring, and in the east it is limited to Marshwood Avenue which is in turn crossed with a boulevard ring. The Avenue is an important transport artery of the city, stretching from a northern part of a boulevard ring to the district Hadilston. According to the Marshwood Avenue trams and buses go. Also near a quarter the main concert hall of the city, and to the closest metro station of only 10 minutes on foot is located.

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    Here is how in general quarter looks. As you see building of municipal buildings is mixed with historical buildings. It was affected by proximity to the historic center of the city. Therefore this area partially is sleeping (at least in the south which we discuss today)

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    The cathedral is devoted to Saints Rupert and Virgil. The building is located to the East from the Marshwood Avenue, on the Clapham Square adjacent to a boulevard ring. The present structure is executed in Baroque style and has length 101 meters with a width of 45 meters. Height of the main building — 32 meters, dome height — 79 meters, height of towers — 81 meters. The cathedral has 11 altars, 5 bodies and a set of bells, the oldest of which have been cast in the XVI—XVII centuries. The principal organ belonging to 1703 has been replaced in 1988 with the new tool manufactured in Mikenstein. The cathedral has 900 seats, all at the same time can be in it to 10 thousand people.

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    On the square the Ministry of Education is also located.There are always a lot of people. Tourists, students, citizens, shopaholics, constant guests of the area and nearby streets

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    To the East from the area, parallel to it, one of the oldest universities of the country is located. To the middle of the 19th century, the building belonged to one rich aristocrat of that time, but after disintegration of the empire when the country became the republic, the government has decided to arrange in this building university.

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    Near the Clapham Square there is an elite night club in which celebrities, athletes and other bohemians like to have a good time.

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    On eastern frontier with the district Baydfall the market is located. It is the main market of the Broonwick, the smallest, but with the most wide choice of fresh vegetables, fruit, souvenirs and other goods. The market is located in a quarterWhitechapel. This quarter the headquarters of some corporations, some important administrative objects, such as tax authorities, the central district mail, several supermarkets and various retail stores also located. This quarter there are buildings built in the 17th century.

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    Also private clinic.

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    To the South of a quarter on the Weits River in 2001 the elite housing estate with own private parking, with football fields and tennis courts has been constructed. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays use of sports constructions is available to everyone (to residents of houses adjacent to sports constructions, it is free). In the south it is limited to Weits River, and in the north a Friedrick boulevard ring.

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    Fourth district of Norige Hills. As well as Broonwick, is located is very subcentral therefore treats the central part of the city (we will discuss detailed administrative division of the capital soon and very in detail). In the area there is a pedagogical university with the big park adjacent to university and the football field, and also the large residential sleeping quarter which settled down on the river bank adjoins to the park from South side. Also in the area there is a medical research center, medical college, city clinical hospital, 3 schools and 2 kindergartens. The main thoroughfares the Vernand Avenue beginning at a royal garden in Nord Fill and stretching to northern border of the city. Also Ronkley Avenue which is crossed with the Vernand Avenue and stretches to the Marlhays district. These two important roads do this area by the important transport hub. Also thanks to the settling-down on the western border of the region of the Terminal A of a city-suburban electric train, the metro station 4 lines, terminal point of many bus routes and trams. The terminal is one of the main transport hubs of public transport. At the station square the station of a taxi is also located. From here it is possible to move conveniently around the city on public transport, it is convenient to reach any point of the city at any time. It is quite noisy area, cars, important administrative objects, for example the Ministry of Health is a lot of here. Here the dense population is enough. In the area there are no special sights therefore tourists are seldom and that in transit here, using the terminal as a starting point to other districts of the city.
    the terminal A is terminal and transit point for routes

    Bus: A13, A27,A84,A85,A67,A133,A95,A55, B33,B77,B150,B340a,B601,B89a,R50,R721,R11,R734, R677,R652a,C5,C9.C12,N63a,N98,N25
    Tram: T3,T4,T7,T9,T10,T14,T18
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    City-suburban electric train SR1,SR2,SR3,3a,3b,SR4,SR9,9a,9b,SR10

    (is more detailed about public transport of the capital and agglomeration you learns later, with detailed maps, explanations and routes)

     

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    It is based on August 16, 1809 at the initiative of Wilhelm Gamboldt. In 1828 has received the name Wilhelm Gamboldt's University in honor of the famous philologist.

    Occupations at university have begun in 1810, 256 students have been at that time enlisted. In their 2008 there were 34 612.

    In the 19th century the university was one of the largest Sim National World scientific centers.

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    The large inhabited massif built for people of middle class adjoins to the university park.

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    To the East from the Vernand avenue, on the Friedrick Boulevard ring, to the West from the university park, one more dormitory area for people of middle class was located. In general all quarter (which the housing estate, university with the park and enters this white quarter) are quite prestigious quarter of the city

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           The promised bonus in the form of a general panorama of the central part of the city:

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    Island Garfield. In east part of the island you see the former prison in which the museum which is very popular with tourists nowadays is located. Here it is possible to reach by bus from the central station and from the Terminal A

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    Next time you will see:
      The most prestigious, modern, bohemian district of the city after the historic center. Unusual skyscrapers, shopping centers, bohemian quarters and botanical garden

  8. Welcome back to Winton, ready to begin the new 20th century? I can't wait to see the technological ideals arising, and to rise. Maybe more trains, and transportation, heck even maybe horses made of gears! It'll help out at the corral that's for sure. We do as the new year begins for us, have a new landmark for our little town.

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    Welcome back, we see the general store and such at night lit up along Goodwin St.

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    People gathering at the courthouse for a New Years celebration. Inside a band will be playing, food, and all in the first floor! Square Dancing, and so much more. All is welcomed! Free of charge!

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    The neighborhoods are quiet, people are gathering at the courthouse, to see the quiet small streets like Broadmoor street here in its fine beauty.

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    The school is also planting a small community garden, wish them luck in our climate; but it teaches the kids about real outdoorsy skills, and them not stuck inside on their washboards and guitars. This is the future, all of us outside, having a fun time!

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    Now for the big landmark we were talking about! Which is named the, Alan Coleman Gazebo, after Doctor Alan Coleman, who was the town doctor till 1899 when he died at the age of 74. A great doctor he was, we miss him much in our town.

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    We'll see you all in 1903.

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    Hint hint, 1903 is going to be a change for all of us!

     

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  10. New Alexandria City

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    We only have nine more cities left to establish.  Our population has reached 12.1 million.  This means the voting for cities has closed.  There will be some time after this update and the next.   Here is a little more insight to how our government works.   We have an election day too.   Government positions: <State> Governor, Lieutenant Governor, State Treasurer, and Chief Justice!   <County> County Commissioner, Assistant Commissioner, County Treasurer, County Judge, County Representative, County Delegate! <City> Mayor, Vice-Mayor, City Treasure, City Representative, and City Delegate.

    Everyone gets a ballot they vote for city level, laws, one rep, and at least one delegate. For county level, laws, one rep, and at least one delegate.  There is one rep for each of the 245 cities, and one for each of the three counties.  There is a delegate for each 10,000 city population count.  There are five delegates for each 500,000 county population.  There will be more about this in later updates.   We think education is important we have 235 elementary schools and 128 high schools, 57 college campuses.  Our fine state has 189 police districts with 492 buildings.   We also have 236 fire districts with 1,170 buildings.  Finally, we have 235 medical districts with the same number of buildings.  If recreation gives you satisfaction, each of our 236 cities has a city park.  We also have 151 soccer fields, 14 beaches, 44 zoos,40 baseball stadium and 51 country clubs. 

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    Today’s highlighted program is “A Merry Christmas”

    Chapter 2:

    Scene 1: Found a spot

    Nar: The Innkeeper comes back. “The manager said all our rooms are full.  If you wouldn’t mind staying in our manger we could find a room in a day or so.” 

    Joseph says, “That sounds homely.  Do you have a doctor around?”  

    Mary says, "A doctor sounds really great right now.” 

    Innkeeper3 says,   “Sure thing I’ll have the doctor meet you at the manger in five minutes.”   

    Joseph and Mary make their way to the manger.  Once they arrive, a beautiful feeling comforted Mary.  Dr. Frankysence came soon after he got the message.  

    “Greetings, my name is Mur Frankysence, I’m the local doctor.  I see you are going to be having a new member of the family.” 

    Joseph says, "Yeah, are you a PI as well?”   

    Nar: so the doctor asks some questions and then goes to get some equipment and medicines he might need. 

     

    State Budget:  

    3,127,133 Income   2,678,972 Expenses

    Projection State Population :   12,591,182

     

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    Focus City:

    Los Lobos rings in at 169,079 founded 12/25/1854.  Mr.Aire Davis won the election for mayor.  The city uses 56K, power 293K water, and produces 2K units.  This city has the state’s largest supply of ketchup.   They have my elementary, high, and private school and library.  The city provides 4 police stations, 8 fire stations, and my hospital. We also have 46k commercial jobs, and 30k industrial jobs. Los Lobos has an airport.  We also have a soccer field, zoo, baseball stadium, and country club.  Its zip code is 92542.  Its phone exchange is 520 – 660 – 664.  Our city receives it utilities from City 56.

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    Phatamento, Casa Quesadilla, Pillsbury Town, Karp City, Wood Vill, Year Hear, Phatidious, Hey Hey, Fletcher City, Worker City, Hair, Rules, Monster City, Jerome,  Kool City, Eighties,Peter Place, Jehosiphat, Mt. Phatta, Atkins Valley, Sam Town, Toasted Towne, Lake Angel, New Springfield, Monder, Maggie Ville, Ben Think’n, East’r, Fresh Towne, Fish’n ,Town, I Coast, Hazard City, EmPhatic, Fort Marzipan, Genesis, Burn Phone, Dersun City, Ted Heights,  Highest, Silver Side, Topped, Ponzi Acres, Cosmosis, Dos City, Mandelbratwurst, Ranger, Peyton Valley, Buckeye, Love,  Wyndough Township, Santa Jilliana, Peek Fork City, InPhanta Real, Pirate Creek, Smart Town,   Slider Ville, Harper, Foot Laker, Carrotsburg, Murkle, Zion, Moxy, Oak Point, Dirkenburg, Quack Valley, Meep Meep, Scootle Ville, Acme Anvils, Chattering Chimpmucksvill, Port Angel, Trilogy, Jolly Towne, Lissy Towney, Spoon Town, New Fudd City, Watermelon Farms, Left Out, Century, Forest Town, Melton Township, Heavenly Hills, Musk Kity Phat’n, Dawg Ville, Foster Vill, Reeseville, West Hershey, Rolo City, Carmel Falls, Gravitation, Rancho Malt, Muki Cyty, Rancho Carroll, San Edo, Golden Rod, Puero Matteo, Hill Town, Dawg Lake, Monster Villa, Hammer, Trufflebury, Phatiform Falls, Hummingbird Haven, Griffith Park City, Bell, Kathryn Kity, Gray Hall, Narducci Township, San Sonata, Knife Vill, Rocky, Clock City, Two Too Town, Cross Ville, Slick City,

    Snickersburg,  Glory Acres, Boyes Balloon, YuleLog City, Town O Tinsel, Praying Peace, Coco Lot A,  Grace Point, Bladder City, Colt Cove, Boster, Flights Peak, Rain In, Heinz Town, Zamboni Slick, Carter's Fold, Marklesburg, Yellowbird, Jones Town, Twentysix Cyborg City, Mount Reindeer, Dasher Valley, Vixen Hills, Blitzen Town, Wondrous Gift, Blessed Bounty, Donner Passage, Comet Lake, Angel Bay, Lance A Lot, Tea Party, Frog Valley, Quick Sand, The Peakz, East Range, Voter Ville, Bluebird Nest, Zevende, Cavalier City, New Jack City, Triumvirate Town, Sithalburg, Common Wealth, Birkinfield, Chalmers,  Buckley, Val Valley, The Cryb, Third Town, Apollo, Chocolate Towne, Snow Cone City, Park Central, Mount Tuckajack, Lake Ness, Chupacabra Corners, Wright On, Rummy Ridge, Lawsonville, Mikeville Creek, Hike the City, Fish Head, Hall Town, James Town, Park South, Peak Valley, Bread Vil, Butter Ball, German Valley, Fast Gone, Slow Foke, Rest Coast, Los Lobos, Noah’s Ark, Oyster Gallery, Cincinnati, Eugenia Corners, Kingston, Williamson, Belvadera, Harlodton, and Jamesville.

    Neighbor Deals:

    Part of the reason this update was so long in coming is I changed how some of the neighbor deals worked across the counties.  The original idea was to have the neighbor deals to spread out from the three county seats.   That is how it has been, and why the later updates took longer and longer was I had to keep stretching out the deals.  I have now changed only parts of the neighbor deals.  I filmed parts of what I did.  I hope enjoy that bonus feature.     I’ll be going into more detail on neighbor deals in the next update.

    {Christmas present]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSMbxz5oPCk

     

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  12. New Cardiff

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    Welcome Back to New Cardiff!

    Hey, it hasn't been long, but I wanted to post a short progress report on New Cardiff.

    After finishing the highway, I set to work on the downtown area. I began by downloading a couple of diagonal assets and scattering them about the area.

    After about an hour of tinkering, this is the result:

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    This is just a barebones setup, I need to go and find several diagonal park assets and such to really fill out the space. Any suggestions?

     

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    nice interchanges. You should review the link for your channel cause it redirects to this post. Anyways i've managed to find you on YT and of course i've subscribed. I'll also put some of my sc 4 videos on YT after i finish my current projects: KOTOR 2 and New Vegas  (moded)

    Thanks so much! And I've fixed the link. Thanks for the sub!

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    You have some interesting and inspiring ideas and layouts.  I subscribed to your yt channel and will stay up to date on your work.  I like the "funkychange" and I really like how smooth your curves and corners are, especially.  I agree with @raynev1 that the interchanges look inviting to build around.  Should work nicely and I'm looking forward to seeing it develop!  :thumb:

    Again, thanks for subbing! Thanks for the love on the Funkychange, it's my first try at something so unique.

     

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    Here's a nice 6-ish minute video of me building all this.

    If you like my work please check out my YouTube channel. I'm currently building my city of Harinsburg, as well as New Cardiff, which is meant to capture the look of a Midwestern industrial river town. If you really like Harinsburg and want too see still images, written descriptions, etc, check out my other City Journal of Harinsburg:

     

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    THE MUNICIPALITY OF MEDREAN CITY WHISHES YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS

     

    Following a beautiful tradition, the entire city has been decorated and highlighted for the Christmas season. Like every year, Colonius Avenue trees have been illuminated as  well as the top of some of the most iconic skyscrapers of the downtown. Moreover, Conelly Square, one of the main public park of the cityis welcoming the famous Christmas market with a fifteen meters Christmas tree. An iconic ice rink has also been installed until february in Conelly Square. Whishing you a Merry christmas and season greetings !

  14. The last time I updated this CJ was a teaser and was many months ago. I haven't touched Simtropolis much since then but I still play Simcity 4 albeit not regularly. Not only that I'm more preoccupied with university life, actual urban planning (or at least studying it) is way more fun than I thought it would be and possibly more fun than playing this game.

    Well, moving on to the city journal itself, here's what the picture in the aforementioned 'teaser' has come to:

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    It is the center of the old town, or the old town that used to exist here when the place was still the fertile, agricultural village it used to be before tall office buildings took over.

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    The 'Alun - Alun', one of the few remaining remnants of the old village, is where people used to and still do congregate for various events and festivals. It has since been renovated and renewed into that of a modern park rather than the flat, open grass area it used to be. Additionally, the government of the region is still based here, like it used to be many many years ago.

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    More remnants of the former old town; some slums as well as the old commercial center and market. This part of town is protected from commercial encroachment as a heritage to the city's simple past. Needless to say, it's a seedy place with much prostitution and many of the richer populace, as well as some hard-line local Islamists want the place to no longer demolished. Also in  picture is the central train station, that services an hourly commuter rail service. It also serves to link the city with Jakarta to the north and Bandung to the east.

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    The CBD extends itself to the north; development is less dense with many high end stores catering to the more well-off people of the city as well as a cinema.

     

    Well, that closes out this update, keep following this CJ for the next update, I promise it won't be long!

  15. UDR Chernostrovia

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    Hello, everyone. Welcome to a brand new CJ of mine. This journal is going to take place in the United Democratic Republic of Chernostrovia, located in the northern Black Sea.

     

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    The name Chernostrovia comes from a portmanteau of the words "cherno" and "ostrov", which mean "black" and "island" in Russian respectively, thus can be translated as Black Island.

     

    Chernostrovia was a part of the Soviet Union from 1917 to 1991 as the Chernostrovian SSR. In 1941, German and Romanian forces captured the island within one month during the Axis invasion of the USSR, incorporating it into Romania. In late 1944, the Red Army retook the island and reincorporated it into the Soviet Union. From 1945 to 1991, Chernostrovia was one of the prime tourist destinations of the Soviet Union due to the many long beaches on the island. In 1991, the Chernostrovian SSR broke away from the Soviet Union and became the United Democratic Republic of Chernostrovia.

    The Supreme Soviet of Chernostrovia passed the 1992 Constitution which held that the Communist Party would remain as the state party and the only party eligible to hold seats in the Supreme Soviet, but that other parties and groupings would be able to exist on an unofficial basis. The Communist Party of Chernostrovia held a new party congress where the party adopted the policy of New Socialism for a New Age, which held that a number of state-owned enterprises were to be made private enterprises and that a market economy was to be introduced, but that the social protections would continue to exist. 

    The new policies resulted in massive privatizations and a very steep rise in wealth inequality, and the country saw a drop in population and life expectancy much like other ex-Soviet countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The legalization of other political groupings resulted in the formation of several new parties, some based on liberalism and nationalism while others based on Marxism which oppose the "New Socialism" policy of the Communist Party.

     

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    The Supreme Soviet of Chernostrovia is located in the city center of Ravningorod, the capital of Chernostrovia. The Supreme Soviet holds 45 seats, all of which are held by the Communist Party. Most of the leadership of the Communist Party is intellectuals, investors and CEOs, who likewise make up a large portion of the overall party membership. From the 1920s to the 1950s, the membership of the Communist Party was overwhelmingly factory workers, university students and farmers, which was largely the result of the Lenin Enrollment in the 1920s, when the Soviet Communist Party sought to bring more workers into leadership positions and less bureaucrats. In the 1950s and 1960s, this policy was reversed as the Communist Party demoted workers from leadership positions and replaced them with managers and bureaucrats. Now, with the onset of "New Socialism" and the market economy, there is very little worker representation in the party. 

    The newly-formed Liberal Democratic Party has argued that this is a failure of communism as a whole, and that the Communist Party should disband. The Workers' Party on the other hand, which is also newly-formed but is Marxist, has called for a new armed revolution to "reestablish proletarian dictatorship and end the toxic "New Socialism" concoctions of the Khrushchevite bureaucrat-capitalists". The Liberal Democratic Party is the second-largest party in the country, the largest being the Communist Party itself, while the Workers' Party is smaller but is the fastest-growing party in terms of membership.

     

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    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs used to be the headquarters of the Marxism-Leninism Education Center when the Soviet Union still existed. In the 1990s, the building was made the Foreign Affairs ministry and the Marxism-Leninism Education Center was relocated to elsewhere in Ravningorod. The building has a large tribute to Che Guevara on one of its walls.

     

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    The Heroes of 1941 Square, dedicated to the soldiers who briefly defended the city from the Wehrmacht during the Siege of Ravningorod in 1941, is where the Chernostrovian People's Army holds parades on special occasions. Dances, rallies, and other gatherings of Communist Party members are also held in the square. 

     

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    The Kozlov Apartments used to be a state-owned housing compound until 2004. Since then, the apartments have been privately-owned and the residents are expected to pay large amounts in rent. The continuous increase in rent has unsurprisingly resulted in many workers moving out and many intellectuals and middle-class families moving in. 

     

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    The Simbirsk Road Apartments, located on Simbirsk Road, have remained state-owned. The rent for residents here, however, has likewise increased, though not to the same degree as the privately-owned apartments. Apartments here have more modern water heaters and backup generators, which is not as often the case in privately-owned apartments. Room sizes are generally smaller in comparison to privately-owned apartments as these buildings were constructed to hold more residents. 

    The rising costs of living in Ravningorod have led to workers crowding in older buildings on the outskirts of the city, which has meant the formation of what are essentially slums. Farmers and peasants in the countryside are likewise relocating to these slums as the kolkhozes (collective farms) have been gradually dismantled by the market economy and the state protections for farmers and their produce have effectively vanished. This has also contributed to the ever-increasing trade deficit and has crushed the Communist Party's empty promises of self-sufficiency and independent development. The Workers' Party has held rallies to protest the situation where many protesters have been injured by tear gas and rubber bullets from the police.

     

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    Welcome to the Chernostrovian nation, and its uncertain future.

  16. So guys I have changed the map for the city of San Francisco to the a smaller version of the actual San Francisco Peninsula...584b9a1f96041_NewCity-Jan.31001481172436.png.71f7a151230ec25413c716aeac71c042.png

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    The winter has arrived at the central highlands.

    Today we're gonna zoom in on an area called Alkon crown. The nearest settlements are about 80km away. And the last 40km you need to go by foot since the roads is to end.

     

     

     

     

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    In this pic you can see an expidition with mechanics which are on their way to a military radiotower.

    On a journey like this you need to be prepared to hike in the wild. To get here is no easy walk especially in the winter, and this crew are well trained.

     

     

     

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    I can't give you the exact location since the army don't want too much people creepin around.

     

     

     

     

     

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  18. Palmdale is the capital of Professional Polo  held at the Ralph Lauren stadium , This area of the city is called the polo district one can get off the train n walk around pretty much see

    everyone in the polo attire ready to watch n play !!! the area also has a football/baseball stadiums the polo district is one of the most popular spots around .

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  19. Nurn Grows Day by Day

    As everyone probably wants to see, here's some growth... just a little though. Can't let anyone get too excited now.

    Wow, what the hell is this? These farmers are funny, thinking they can last much longer as the pollution and noise interrupt their day to day operations. 

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    Their crops yield less with each passing season, the dirt farming a plight upon the ritzy wealth of central Nurn. ..

    ...well would you look at that, they've already abandoned their homes! Not looking too bright for agriculture. Immigrants want some of that prime downtown land before this place gets too populated! Some of them see the potential. 

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    Finally they sold out...! It's about time too, marina expansion propositions are starting to pop up down at City Hall. Residents are starting to wonder why agricultural zoning and those nice down to earth farmers still think they have any business and gall trying to operate on Nurn island. 

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    While it's not a farm, many agreed to keep the rare block of redwoods that still grow this far within the city limits. It's a miracle they're even still alive! As Nurn's first official park, residents are appalled to see unused land fall into government hands under the premise of... ugh... "beautification" as they call it. Although once the planned paths and parkland is built the others will be happy to have a place to sit read books like Atlas Shrugged in public so that they can prove how intellectual and informed about capitalism they are to all the other sims. 

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    Despite their differences the Sims will have to learn to deal with each other some day. They all live on the same island (not "technically" an island) after all. 

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    That's all for now! Tell me what you want to see of Nurn and Gorgoroth in the future.

  20. Manhattan, NY

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    Goods!

    It's 4:00 AM, and I, very vicious with this, my first 3D model of my life. Believe me (or I believe),
    I never thought I could do this, because my pc is oldStart with this 3 days ago.
    First, it was learning how to $%&^! how to make a simple box! Then, with some ingenuity, I could start to shape it.

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    When I saw this walking, start all over again, trying to be as orderly as possible, and there it goes. I plan to do everything in the flat and then give it height, build the sides (which I have seen are very detailed). Aaaaa the textures... the UV Mapper, all these thing drives me carzy..

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    And well. Nothing. Jajaja. In the end I will need some modeler with a powerful computer so that it can render as many polygons, if someone offers, enchanted (? Ah, y maeby tomorrow post a new entry about Battery Park City, now that I know modeler, umm

    Bye Bye!

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    Downtown Sheffield lights up during the nighttime, as waves crash on the banks of the Ashtabula River.

    Some General Information about the City of Sheffield, CC

    Current Mayor: John Tillsburgh

    Population: 104,000 (2010 Census)

    Rank in population (In CC): 1st

    Largest Employer: Sheffield School System (2,230 employees)

    Largest Private Employer: Cacciatorian Energy Company (1,966 employees)

    Brief History: Founded in 1774 by Italian-British explorer Alfonso d'Cacciatore, Sheffield was originally named Fort Sheffield, in honor of the town d'Cacciatore grew up in. The town quickly grew as a trading area, mostly dealing in furs, weapons, and other frontier necessities. During the Revolutionary War, the town was attacked by nearby Natives, and set ablaze. In retaliation, the remaining townspeople banded together and sacked and burned numerous Native villages. At the turn of the century, the town grew even further, becoming the second largest city in the Northwest Territory by 1801. In 1806, "The City of Sheffield" was established, and was made the capital of the new state of Cacciatoria. 

    Throughout the nineteenth century, Sheffield saw the same major growth that was commonly associated with Midwestern cities. Factories, particularly in the northwestern part of town, grew tremendously, and became the major source of income for the city by the Civil War. During the later half of the twentieth century, Sheffield saw a decline in industry, and a growth in the service industry. Downtown Sheffield, mostly flat prior to the 1960s, shot skyward, as new skyscrapers formed the Sheffield landscape. Today, Sheffield serves as the economic, political, and cultural center of the state of Cacciatoria, and continues to grow as a city.

     

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    Westfield is great, it's the best, the most beautiful, bla bla bla... But.. how good does it feel to be able to have fun from time to time without taking into account all the realism, aesthetics and any other aspect that makes me take months to build just a block.

    Here is Arrandale, an entirely vanilla city. I am quite satisfied with the result :D

    Let's go back in time !

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