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First XL journal, a realistic city-region that relies both on organic growth and planning techniques channeling development to certain areas

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jazyje

215k residents - first a map showing some major points discussed in this update - note the new bridge connecting VOLKA Old/Center City to the High Tech/Airport Area:

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Some early teasers:

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The Elites stil constitute a tiny minority of population - but at 4% of the total population, a new riverside Elites neighborhood called Beac Hill became a magnet for them:

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Volka Island seen from the north at night casts long magic shadows on the water:

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And the city is alive after dark:

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Is it Prague from the times of Kafka?

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It's a City that remembers its past while looking ahead...

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Some of the old-timers residing near the Old City:

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The Old CIty itself hasn't seen much growth in recent years:

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The morning dew slowly evaporates... Another day in Volka's Old City...

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The old industrial area on the eastern part of the main island has been slowly taken over by urban pioneers who have transformed quite a few of the old factories and warehouses into lofts, hence the name of this new district, 'Loftka':

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Musicians, artists, painters, and old-school blue collar workers all rub shoulders in this up and coming part of town, which is conveniently located within walking distance to the Old City and Center City...

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Bars and music venues and art galleries occupy former factories and warehouses:

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Grab a beer at the still functioning Tootsie Beer Brewery!:

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And when you sober up, take a bus or drive off the main island:

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Visit local farms:

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Or fly fly away:

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Center City will invite you back anytime:

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So good-night!

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We hope you visit us again soon!

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jazyje

 Volka now has 175k residents and 2 bus routes utilized at around 80% 9.gif

Center City Volka:

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Congestion is becoming an issue during rush hour:

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But the new bus routes mitigate some of the traffic concerns / offer an alternative way of getting around:

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View of Old Volka from the Exek Island:

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Nore the Ferris Wheel:

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The best hotel in town (Volkagnized Hotel)

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And the main Bus Terminal next to it:

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View from the top floors of Volkgnized Hotel cannot be beat:

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See you next time -- Greetings from Volka! We hope you visit us soon!19.gif

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jazyje

 VOLKA now has 150k residents.

  Airplane shot:

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View from the airport towards Old Volka:

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Teh City still only has a few residential high-risers:

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Some night shots - all towards Old Volka on the main island:

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Old Volka has seen some signs of revitalization in recent years:

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WE drove across the bridge to Nova Volka's now already historic oldest district (view from the back window):

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Looking back at Old Volka from the rooftops of Nova Volka's oldest district:

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Time to head back to Old Volka, the island that gave birth to this City:

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jazyje

OLKA - my first Cities XL city. Enjoy!

The city is established on an island located nearby a huge volcano:

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Main Street's view with 500 first inhabitants in residence:

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Overhead shot of Main St:

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Residents are moving in attracted by the ease of life in the region and unspolied environmnet:

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Population explodes on the fringes of the City:

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Main Street gets a boost after manufacturers are attracted by low taxes (14%) and access to many unskilled and skilled workers - cheap, but reliable labor force (the City is already at more than 5,000 residents):

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The City's growth away from Main Street pushes population over 10,000, and 15,000 is just a step on the way to 20,000 - the town gains a sense of matured permanency:

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The Marketplace:

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Executives take liking to the smaller island located to the south of the main island:

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The City now reaches a population of 40,000, soon to breach the 50,000 level... Traffic becomes a concern, although FOR NOW all employees have no issues when it comes to worry-free commutes to and from their places of employment. Skilled and unskilled workers live in mid-density apartment complexes in peace:

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More growth attracte more new residents and 75,000 population mark is just a baby step to the current 100,000 poulation count by the Census Bureau. High-rise apartments begin to dominate certain residential sectors close to the old Main Street corridor:

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View from the VolkaNova bridge connecting Volka to Volka Nova:

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Elites finally decide it's time to move into Volka. Their lush neighborhoods offer plenty of opportunities for casual strolls:

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Although the population of Volka is now holding fairly steady at 100,000 and growing, the majority of residents still reside in attractive low-density neighborhoods. Thus, a typical Volka residential street might very much resemble this street:

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Or, this one if a bit more density is desired:

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Up next, public transit efforts will be presented along with further explorations of the ways to mitigate environmental concerns associated with Volka's polluting manufacturing secotr and a new sector making inroads in the area - the oil industry. Managing growth while at the same time providing residents with a high quality of life, including clean air, has always been Volka's priority.

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