Update 100 - District of Wenzel (Martin County) History and Census
Well this is the 100th Official Update (though technically there have been 101 as the 27th Update about Martin Downtown West was repeated as the first update was rendered obsolete due to prop pox. It took a while for me to figure out how to put this update together. I spent quite a bit of time going through the last 99 updates and trying to figure out what happened when (especially what has happened in the last 50 updates since the big 50 update.
Needless to say, just skimming through the topics of the updates over the years amazes me. I am surprised at how long ago things were actually done. (I suppose a little of that has to do with one year of not even playing SC4). So many things that I remember as "recent" actually were built two or more years ago. Strange indeed!
First off we have the census of Martin County as the population stands at the time of the 100th Update compared to the 50th Update. Each picture contains a scene from the community (for some this is the ENTIRE community) and then a population bar graph on the bottom. The darker color represents the population at update 50, while the typically longer and lighter bar is the current population as of update 100. The bars make it really handy to see the rate at which the communities have grown.
Martin County - Population: Update 50 - 775,000 / Update 100 - 1,232,185
City of Martin - Population: Update 50 - 655,000 / Update 100 - 890,772
City of St. Paul - Population: Update 50 - 5,500 / Update 100 - 124,423 (30,017 in Jackson County [Not included in Martin County total]
City of South Martin - Population: Update 50 - 65,000 / Update 100 - 70,134
City of Hawthorne - Population: Update 50 - 5,000 / Update 100 - 59,293
Village of Hohler - Population: Update 50 - 15,000 / Update 100 - 40,566
Village of Bayview - Population: Update 50 - 25,000 / Update 100 - 25,336
City of Jefferson - Population: Update 50 - 7,500 / Update 100 - 19,081
City of Trinity - Population: Update 50 - 0 / Update 100 - 10,561
Village of Penelope Point - Population: Update 50 - 0 / Update 100 - 5,788
Village of Anchor - Population: Update 50 - 1,000 / Update 100 - 3,644
City of North St. Paul - Population: Update 50 - 800 / Update 100 - 3,479
City of Jade - Population: Update 50 - 5,000 / Update 100 - 3,311
Village of St. Andrew - Population: Update 50 - 1,000 / Update 100 - 1,154
City of Basil - Population: Update 50 - 0 / Update 100 - 795
Village of Sussex - Population: Update 50 - 4,000 / Update 100 - 507
Martin County Statistics
Population: 775,000 (1,232,185)
Townships: Charlotte, Sussex, Portland, Jefferson, Brittany, Martin, Hawthorne, Apostles
Cities and Villages:
Martin: 655,000 (890,772)
South Martin: 65,000 (70,134)
Hohler: 15,000 (40,566)
Jefferson: 7,500 (19,081)
Hawthorne: 5,000 (59,293)
St. Paul: 5,500 (124,423 - 30,017 in Jackson County)
Jade: 5,000 (3,311)
Sussex: 4,000 (507)
Bayview: 25,000 (25,336)
St. Andrew: 1,000 (1,154)
Anchor: 1,000 (3,644)
North St. Paul: 800 (3,479)
Fort Orangeport: 400
Penelope Point: (5,788)
Trinity (Incorporated as the City of Trinity)
St. Mark (Annexed by the City of Martin)
St. James (Annexed by the City of Martin)
St. Peter (Annexed by the City of St. Paul)
Brandywine Junction (Annexed by the City of Martin)
Interdistrict Highways: 55, 80, 480, 680, 255, 380
National Highways: 18, 20, 41, 43, 45
District Highways: 10, 15, 29, 31, 34, 42, 50, 67, 75, 100, 111, 140, 230, 266, 315
County Highways: H, O, X, BB, N, S, F, T, D, Z, A
Airports: Martin Municipal Airport (2 Runways)
Metro Lines: 9
Waterways: Brittany River, Penelope River, Christina River, Cedarwood Creek, Uttica Creek, Braddock Creek, Orchard Creek, Honey Creek, Portland Creek, Rosmarin River, Mine Run, Basil Inlet, Whitefish Bay, Newberg's Creek, Bitter Creek, Kewaunee Creek
Colleges and Universities: 5 (Parquart University, University of Wenzel - Martin, Martin Luther College, St. Mary's College, Southall College, Brittany River Medical College, Northeastern Martin University)
Stadiums and Arenas: Capital Stadium (Baseball), Staples Center, Hollins Arena, Red Raiders Stadium, Nelson Everest Field, Andrew Marshall Track and Field, Addison Field, Braatz Arena, Northeastern Soccer - Football Pitch, Commonwealth Field
Size: 288 Square Miles
Land: 240 Square Miles (Estimate)
04 June 2010: District of Wenzel launches using Mackay, Australia (increased scale) as region map. Packersfan introuduces District of Wenzel to SimCity community having already covered the region in forests.
09 June 2010: Update 02. Look at the original style. I used Microsoft Picture It! Wow.
28 September 2010: Update 05. I went to China near the end of August to teach English. In early September, my old laptop died. This is the first update from China. I then started using GIMP to edit my pictures and introduced the style head that has been used with slight tweaks ever since.
25 October 2010: Update 06. Nearly four years ago to the day, I introduced an early version of the street map and an overview of the region all farmed up.
10 November 2010: Completed initial version of street map (no Google overlays)
13 March 2011: Start to convert map to Google style.
20 March 2011: Update 27 Take One. Martin West Town teaser. Not sure what happened during April, but when I went back to China for a visit in May, I had issues!
Region view from that same update. I did a really good job of replicating what I had here when I had to rebuild West Town. However, that big park on the north part was not replicated.
May 2011: Prop Pox infects DoW. West Town is lost.
June 2011: At the one year mark, work begins on rebuilding Downtown Martin ravaged by Prop Pox.
20 July 2011: Update 27 Take Two. Downtown Martin - West Town rises again.
17 September 2011: Update 34. First update focusing on a city besides Martin. Introducing the multicolored title bar based on which city the update is about.
11 October 2011: Update 37. Well this update is for Rutland Neighborhood and it has a colorized bar. Hmm.
2011: Trixie for Most Realistic SC4 City Journal
13 February 2012: 50th Update
12 March 2012: Proposed freeways in Martin County
26 March 2012: Update 57. Introduced first highway to District of Wenzel
23 April 2012: Update 61. New baseball stadium - Capital Stadium.
12 November 2012: Update 76. Northeastern Martin University.
19 November 2012: Update 77. Commonwealth Field, new football stadium for the Martin Crusaders.
14 January 2013: Update 85. While showing off the northside parks in the Martin County Park System, I really got into making massive composite pictures and skewing the perspective to get some neat shots. Different perspective shots appeared in the next few updates, quite the fad.
21 January 2013: Update 86. Introduced numbers to the top left corner of pictures so viewers and I could easily identify pictures and also identify if something was missing.
26 March 2013: Update 92. This has to be one of my favorite updates. Look at this overhead shot of the entire Page Park Subdivision (yeah, I wish I had the new FAR streets in there...). It is composed of two different city tiles! Future things like this will appear even more seemless as I'm using some workarounds to get street neighbor connections, etc.
01 April 2013: Update 93. Introduced seasonal trees and seasons to District of Wenzel. This has been a time-consuming project removing old trees and replacing them with seasonal versions, but the results are great!
16 April 2013: Update 95. Last update for nearly one and a half years. Real life took over as I poured myself into my English teaching. In-game factors also led to this hiatus. Tiles weren't loading or performing well. I intended to return to SimCity with the purchase of a new laptop in February 2014.
30 September 2014: Update 96. After a nearly one and a half year hiatus, District of Wenzel returned! I bought a new laptop in February 2014, but it had issues and I didn't get it in China until May or June. Then I sort of forgot about SimCity. Then the bug bit and everything worked out.
28 October 2014: Update 100. Well, here we are 100 updates! I've made a few tweaks to the title header again and moved the numbers on the pictures to the right side with a background color reflecting the community of interest in the update. I definitely could have put a TON more content in this update, but I've just run out of time this week between creating the new images and uploading old content to imgur and redoing the links in old updates.
04 June 2010
25 October 2010
10 August 2011
11 September 2011
03 November 2011
16 April 2012
27 October 2014
I hope you enjoyed that update. Seemed like a TON of work, but I'm excited to see your responses! Thanks for following for over four years and 100 updates!
Check out the District of Wenzel Street Map to get an idea where we are. This is A NEW LINK as the old LINK was dead!