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JohnMayor

Hammond

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy my posts. I will attempt to post more frequently, but it is not easy. I appreciate all of your comments, especially the ones regarding the layout and look of my city.

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Growing with you, for you.

Hello again! It’s been an eventful past couple of years in Tromperton. As expected, most of the northwest corner of the city was developed and a new borough was established. This of course came after some changes were made to the original borough that will be addressed later in the update. But first, I would like to introduce you to Hammond.

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After all of the original neighborhoods where completed, the city council took time before laying the foundation of the newest borough. An exploratory council was created to evaluate the city’s needs and aspirations in regards to the new additions. Items they considered in their study included desired population, density requirements and limitations, jobs, aesthetic appeal, attraction of tourists, and wealth of the city/population. Once a plan was created, a new developer was brought in to design the neighborhoods. This provided a fresh look to the developments, parks, and attractions. As always we will start the presentation with a basic road map.

Transit

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As seen in the updated road map, all new development is based off of the new McKinnedy Drive. This road is the life line of the new borough. The road intersects Phil Stephens Parkway to the North and the newly named Monroe Highway to the south. The road is also the only way to get up and down Mount Cullman. These mountain passes can be seen below.

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Both passes are approaching max capacity due to the sheer volume of people that live on top of Mount Cullman. There are plans for a new pass to alleviate the pressure off of McKinnedy Drive, but this will could be a few years off.

Neighborhoods

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So far there are three new neighborhoods within the new borough of Hammond. This includes a executive and skilled worker neighborhood along Carlson Canyon, a unskilled worker and skilled worker neighborhood to the north, and a urban hub along the river to the south. There are also plans for a new university and college neighborhood to be developed in the valley to the north of the river.

Bluffdale

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High atop Mount Cullman sits the prosperous Bluffdale. The neighborhood is known for its wonderful views and convenience to the borough’s downtown. The canyon side of McKinnedy Drive is populated with by the neighborhood’s executive workers while the other side contains subdivisions for skilled workers. The vast majority of this area was zoned low density, however some lots near the major roads have been zoned medium density to allow for condominium construction.

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Situated one block from the cliff to Carlson Canyon is Bluff Park. The park contains a small marketplace that surrounds a Ferris wheel which is all in front of a lake. The park has several walking paths and is always crowded with active executive families.

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The most appealing feature to the neighborhood is the amazing views along Carlson Canyon. Above you can see the view of the river as it winds towards the borough’s downtown.

Waddlesberg

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Waddlesberg is currently the largest neighborhood in the city. The neighborhood also straddles McKinnedy Drive with the unskilled subdivisions to the north (the image above faces the south) and the skilled neighborhood to the south facing the valley below. For most of the unskilled subdivisions, a 3x7 grid pattern was used. The rest of the road designs followed the free forming roads that are common in the city.

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In the center of the neighborhood lies Lake Potter Park. The park is split by McKinnedy Drive and borders both skilled and unskilled neighborhoods. Similar to Bluff Park in Bluffdale, the park has open marketplaces near a Ferris wheel and a museum. The lake is also surrounded by walking paths in an attempt to help promote a healthy community.

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The newest addition to the city is the Christ the Developer statue. The statue sits at the edge of the neighborhood looking over the rest of the city. This helped provide large amounts of leisure to the very bored population. This has also become the number one tourist attraction in the city with plans for hotels near the complex on the way.

Flumenton

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Flumenton is the newest urban hub in Tromperton. The developers knew that the original downtown could not support the growth of the new borough and that a new city center was needed for the suburbs that were proposed. Flumenton is everything south of McKinnedy Drive and east of Monroe Highway. The east side of town contains several medium density residents for skilled workers and executives and the west side of is medium density office space.

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Along the river is a boardwalk containing several residences and businesses on stilts. This has also become a popular location for tourists locals alike. A similar stilt neighborhood was proposed in East Brighton along Riverside Drive but never came to fruition. Above you can see the river as it winds into Carlson Canyon.

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Keeping with a tradition in the city, the downtown area is filled with several parks and open green space for the residents and workers in the area. There are also several hotels surrounded by green space scattered throughout the blocks within the community.

Changes to Original Borough

While all of the new development was going on, city officials made sure to not turn their attention away from the existing residents of the city. This included several small scale road widenings and additions to public services. However there are two changes that have severely changed the landscape to the city and the way the residents live their life.

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Before the new borough was constructed, the city knew it had to do something with the traffic problem in the existing borough. Many roads were at capacity and were threatened by commutes to new areas of the city. Too much development had occurred for any large scale road widening projects so the city opted to develop a small bus system for the 5 original neighborhoods.

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The goal of the bus system is to move commuters to and from the two largest employment hubs in the city. Bus depots were constructed downtown and at the high-tech park in West Brighton. Three lines were developed out of each of the depots servicing the three most populous areas of the city: East Brighton, West Brighton, and Northside. Sudden Valley was left out of the system due to its low population and Sunset Ridge was excluded due to controversy over the future of Sunset Ridge Bridge.

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The goal before the development was having ridership at 50% capacity. Currently, the system is being used at 30% capacity. This could be because of how long each route is, the fact that they are traveling through mainly low density neighborhoods, and because of how affluent the neighborhoods the bus system services are. Still, the creation of the system was able to make the traffic in the city bearable and severed as a great experiment for the city council moving forward.

Sunset Ridge Bridge

As mentioned in the previous post, one of the most controversial issues in the city was the construction of the Sunset Ridge Bridge. The monstrosity spanned over an executive suburb and was a visible blight to every home and office in the city. After several years of complaints from the residents of the city, the bridge was replaced with a tunnel in the exact same location.

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Before

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After

The demolition of the bridge and the construction of the tunnel took several years and cost millions for the city. The entire process further alienated the residents of Sunset Ridge. For 5 years, the only way the residents of the neighborhood could visit the city was to actually leave the city through the adjacent city’s connection point on the north side of the community. After the tunnel was completed, the executive suburb was reconstructed and life returned to normal.

Future Plans

The most pressing issue to the city now is the education problem. A sufficient number of elementary, middle, and high schools have been placed throughout the city however the citizens just don’t seem to be getting any smarter. After several years of shipping their 18 year olds off to different cities for a college education, the residents of Tromperton has elected to construct a new university in the heart of the new borough on the west side of town.

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The map above shows the level of education available to the residents with red indicating poor access and green indicating generous access. Hopefully the new university will bring a higher level of education to all residents of the city and attract new businesses. The ground breaking ceremony will occur later this month with the first semester of school coming four years later.

[note] I should note that the graphics card of my computer is being pushed to the edge whenever I take these pictures. That can explain why in some shots you will see trees and in some you will not.

JohnMayor

Welcome to Tromperton!

After several attempts at trying to make a functional and realistic city with Cities XL 2011, I gave into the temptation and decided to use a few cheats and mods to create a city. The bugs within the trading system are too much for me to live with, so I installed a few sandbox mods providing me water, heavy industry, waste removal, etc. This isn’t the way I had intended on making cities within this game but I am glad that I did. Below are the results of my first attempt at a metropolis within Cities XL and my first attempt at a city journal.

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Tromperton is a humble city with 380,000 residents. 14% of the people are unskilled workers, 45% are skilled workers, 33% are executives, and 5% are elites. The city’s focus is on office space and high tech industries. All manufacturing and heavy industry goods are imported from outside sources to avoid pollution within the city.

So far all development has occurred within the northeast corner of the city limits. Future boroughs have been proposed along with a large metropolis near the river that splits the city in half. This will be addressed later on. What exists so far will remain as one separate borough.

Transit

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The city began thanks to the intersection of Highway 11 and Highway 26. Enough traffic came through the city for a few retail outlets to form. What followed was the development of several residential neighborhoods and eventually a downtown at the intersection of the two highways. As the city grew, an inner loop and an outer beltway were constructed to alleviate traffic concerns. A separate highway, Highway 42, was constructed by the state to further facilitate growth in the city. A tunnel (Vasto Tunnel) was created underneath Sunset Ridge recently to complete the beltway loop. It is rarely traveled and was constructed mainly for the mayor’s enjoyment of having a complete beltway in his city.

Neighborhoods

Within the original borough there are several neighborhoods that are separated by aforementioned highways and loops.

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Currently there are 6 individual neighborhoods including the downtown district. These neighborhoods do not have their own governments but have been formed out of regional identity.

Northside

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The oldest neighborhood in the borough, Northside is bordered by the inner loop and Highway 26 to the south. The population is mostly skilled workers, but as the high tech park in the northern corner of the neighborhood grew, executives started to move in. Being the oldest neighborhood, it sufferers from the worst infrastructure and traffic problems. Many of the roads initially constructed were undersized for the city’s eventual needs. This has resulted in the widening of several roads and the demolition of many homes.

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The high tech park to the north has been the cause of much of the neighborhood’s traffic problems. This has resulted in some interesting road designs in the park. At the top of the park an apartment complex was created to prevent skilled worked from having to travel across the city to access the site. Additionally the entrance to Vasto Tunnel can be seen at the base of Sunset Ridge.

Sudden Valley

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The second oldest neighborhood in the city, Sudden Valley, was developed to provide low quality homes for the unskilled workers in the city. The neighborhood is bordered by the inner loop to the south and continues into the actual Sudden Valley to the north. These worker’s commutes have them traveling all over the city to the several retail complexes that are scattered across all the other neighborhoods. A traditional 2x7 grid pattern was executed for a speedy construction. This has since been determined to be a very ugly way to build homes. Several parks have been proposed to clear up this eyesore.

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There are also plans to develop the actual Sudden Valley with more homes for the unskilled workers. Recently a highway was constructed up the side of valley to facilitate the construction of a new borough. This project took several years and wrecked havoc on the valley. It now sits idle until the new borough is constructed.

East Brighton

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As the downtown district grew, so did the need for more executive homes and homes for the skilled workers. West Brighton came into existence as the Bingham Loop was extended along the river between Phil Stephens Highway and Main Street. A 2x7 grid system of skilled workers can be seen at the center of the community. Executive subdivisions were developed along the shore of the river, quickly becoming the nicest place to live in town.

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Riverside Drive was constructed along the shore and is currently the longest two lane road in the city. The road starts at the eastern border of the city, continues under the Main Street Bridge, and into West Brighton. A neighborhood of stilt houses constructed on top of the river bank has been proposed. However the plan is facing stiff resistance by the residents who live along Riverside Drive who want to keep their excellent view to themselves.

West Brighton

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As East Brighton grew, the neighborhood expanded across Main Street, southwest of downtown. Eventually this area grew to become larger than West Brighton itself and started to develop its own identity. This neighborhood also straddles Bingham Loop and runs along the river as it towards Highway 42. Closer to downtown, several rows of homes were created for skilled workers. The rest of the neighborhood houses subdivisions for the city’s executives and the newly arrived elites.

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The neighborhood is also home to the city’s high school, Lovett High. In front of the school a park was created alongside Riverside Drive equipped with walking trails and park space for the students.

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The newest subdivision in town, Lake Bell, sits directly under the new high tech hub in town. It is the city’s only gated community so far. It houses the city’s Mayor, Judge, and the CEO of the city’s largest commercial development company.

Downtown

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Once a simple two block space for office buildings, the borough’s downtown has grown into one of the city’s most popular features. Filled with several medium density office buildings and skilled worker apartments, the downtown is at the center of everything in the city. Several parks fill awkward blocks equipped with artificial lakes and walking trails. Instead of filling open space with plazas and concrete, developers opted to plant trees and create as many green spaces as possible. This gives the urban hub a very healthy and refreshing feel.

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At the center of it all there is the City Hall and Dawes Park. The buildings behind the City Hall house the city’s municipal offices. The Three Towers Complex sits along Main Street.

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The most popular location in town is Myers Field. The stadium is the site of Lovett High’s football and soccer games. The parking lots on either side serve as the site of the city’s annual 4th of July carnival.

Sunset Ridge

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The last neighborhood in town is also the most controversial. Initially the mountain that Sunset Ridge sits on was intended to be a state park equipped with hiking trails, campsites, and a public golf course. However some influential developers were able to convince the city to turn the space into a new neighborhood. It is the only neighborhood in the city outside of downtown that has areas that are zoned for office buildings. This was done to prevent a traffic nightmare on Sunset Bridge, the only way to access the community.

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Since its inception, the city has attempted to separate itself from the rest of the city. There have been several pushes to make the community a self governing entity, therefore becoming the city’s second borough. The neighborhood has even parceled out a space for its own city hall within its downtown. However all proposals have been denied by City Hall due to its small size and limited access.

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Another controversial component of the neighborhood is its only access point, Sunset Bridge. After the plans to development the mountain were approved, engineers hastily decided that the best way to build a highway to the community would be to construct a massive bridge over a very affluent subdivision. To some, this bridge serves as engineering eye candy while others sees it as an ugly blemish to the city’s landscape.

Future Growth

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One of the most popular conversations in town is the question of what the city will do next. Recently City Hall released a map showing proposals for new boroughs and high density zoning along the south side of the river. This will all take many years to come to fruition. As it stands, the city plans on looking inward as opposed to outward over the next few years. Plans for a bus system, the development of Sudden Valley, and new green spaces and artificial lakes are in the city’s immediate sights. Until then the residents can only speculate as they attempt to gobble up the surrounding real estate in anticipation of future growth.

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