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Norfax, Tyson's Corner, Durham, and Lafayette.

Today I'm showing the construction of two new developments: Norfax and Tyson's Corner, as well as the towns of Durham and Lafayette.

Norfax is a 1970s condo development located west of Alexandria between I-85 and the Halifax River. It has 13,651 units in the entire complex, plus shops, restaurants, gyms, pools, and other community facilities. Here's some pictures of the construction.

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Building Tyson's Corner was both fun and difficult, since I built it on a diagonal grid.

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Durham is a town of 20,000 people. It was founded in 1693 by farmers, was established as a city in 1808, and has rapidly suburbanized since World War II.

Historic Downtown Durham:

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When the railroad was brought into Durham, rather than going around the hill, the builders chose just to cut a trench.

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And finally, Lafayette. This far-flung suburb was built up around the old Boston Central Railway. Its streets are anything but grid-like, and its small-town feel appeals to those who want a country feel.

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Lafayette Station, built in 1907.

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That's it for this post. Next I'll be showing the suburbs of Seneca, Halifax, and Charlestown.


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Three nice groaables towns; Norfax will grow nicely, Tyson may look nicer with Simcough diagonals and some downtown diagonal lot´s very handy. La fayette, diagonal break up the square patern nicely, bat´s, lots, same as others, maybe some more rec area, parks or landmarks here and there, well done !

p.s. press G key when making pictues to remove the grid !

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On 11/1/2016 at 1:12 AM, raynev1 said:

Cool update . Showing WIP and after development . Well done .  :thumb:

Thanks! I've found it's a lot of fun to show the development as well as the finished product.

 

On 10/31/2016 at 1:27 PM, kschmidt said:

Three nice groaables towns; Norfax will grow nicely, Tyson may look nicer with Simcough diagonals and some downtown diagonal lot´s very handy. La fayette, diagonal break up the square patern nicely, bat´s, lots, same as others, maybe some more rec area, parks or landmarks here and there, well done !

p.s. press G key when making pictues to remove the grid !

Thanks for the suggestion on the diagonal lots. Also, it never occurred to me that the grids were in the screenshots; I'll make sure to turn those off in the future.

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