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Portland, Oregon - An outpost of civilization amidst the seas of pacific northwest forests.

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16. Rip City by Night

16. Rip City by Night

Hello again everyone. Sorry its been such a long time since my last post. Lately I've gotten bored of playing on the Portland map, and have created a new map to play on. As such this will be my last update for Rip City. If you want to see the rip city content that never made it to the STEX, or catch a preview of my next region, the Ring of Fire, head on over to simpeg.com.

But now for this final update, we take a tour of Downtown Portland by night.

1. South waterfront condos.

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2. Outbound on the Sunset Highway.

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3. The stadium in the West Bricks Neighborhood.

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4. Chinatown's main square.

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5. The Japanese Theater.

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6. Architectural College and the Palm Max station.

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7. Fox tower and associated offices.

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8. Cops working late.

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9. Courthouse.

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10. The Governor's Studio Residences.

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11. Made in Oregon.

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12. Rain Park and the Bancorp Tower.

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13. The Federal Building.

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14. Downtown Office Boxes.

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15. Congress Center.

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16. Hoopin it up at night under the lights.

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17. Pioneer Towers Project and the Square.

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18. Nothing like a night at Kells.

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19. The library let's students study late.

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20. Spying down on the apartment complexes.

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21. Over the offices.

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22. Over the north end.

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23. Over chinatown and the central residences.

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24. Over the West Bricks.

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25. Goodnight from Rip City!

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And thus Rip City fades into the night. Thanks for all your comments and support everyone. Peace.

blunder

15. Portland Miscellaneous

15. Portland Miscellaneous

Hello again, everyone! Thanks again for your comments. :D

In today's update we take a look at the rest of the features on the olde downtown tile.

1. Chinatown - Overview.

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2. Chinatown's main square.

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3. The martial art's school and japanese theatre. I'm not sure why there's a japanese theatre next to chinatown but there it.

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4. A couple of the temples.

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5. More office development

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6. More offices closer.

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7. Portland Central Elementary and some residential along the Greenway.

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8. Same, rotated.

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9. An overview of the northwest corner of the tile.

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10. And, finally, an overview of the tile itself.

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Thanks again for stopping by everyone.

blunder

14. Rip City Residential

14. Olde Downtown - Rip City Residential

Howdy folks, and welcome back to Rip City!

Replies:

Sky Guy: Thanks! I find a little bit of open space is a must; cramming the buildings together like sardines makes me go a little crosseyed. :boggle:

Schulmanator: Thank you sir! Although its hard to go wrong with open spaces and trees.

NMUSpidey: And I'm sure Rip City would love to have you, just watch out for the people who take pride in "keeping portland wierd" :D

Roberto Robato: That is General Metals Manufacturing, by the HKABT team (I think its bixel's, but i don't remember exactly).

And for the new stuff:

Today we look at the residential areas of Olde Downtown.

1. south waterfront condos.

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2. downtown apartments.

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3. Entering the Chestnut hill neighborhood. Also, the intersection of the Sunset Highway and the Greenway.

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4. Outbound on the sunset highway.

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5. mini-mansions on the Sunset Highway.

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6. Morrison Park and School, near the intersection of Morrison and Burnside.

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7. The Greenway neighborhood.

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8. Soccer (Futbol) park.

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9. West Bricks neighborhood.

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10. GLR in the West Bricks neighborhood. That sidewalk conflict on diagonals rears its ugly head again.

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11. More GLR. no one is sure why the city planner made such a knuckleheaded twist in the track. Whats that? Forgot to level the ground first? Oh...

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12. Rip City condos in the West Bricks neighborhood. I usually don't try to get fancy with my res because i prefer doing that with ploppables, but sometimes growables surprise me in pleasant ways.

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13. The Greenway from Kayak Communications Tower.

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14. Kaiser tower. Seat of power for the citie's medical community.

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15. City Shaded park. Home to hygienically challenged musicians since its founding.

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16. Some of the residences nearest the waterfront are getting quite tall.

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17. The Governors Studios. One of the most exclusive residences in the oldtown.

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18. Eye in the Sky view of the west side of the greenway.

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19. Eye in the Sky view of the chestnut hills neighborhood.

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Thanks for taking a look at the Olde Downtown. 8)

blunder

13. Olde Downtown I

13. Olde Downtown I

Welcome back to Rip City!

Today we take our first peek at Rip City's old downtown area. (The newer and larger downtown area is on the east bank of the willamette, which we will be getting to later). Before we start in, please remember that this CJ is not a recreation of real world Portland. That said, many features are inspired by and to a certain extent do imitate the real thing. You will also be seeing some of sparkythepenguins lovely Portland BATs here.

So here we go:

1. We start on the south side.

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2. The Fox tower.

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3. The courthouse (left foreground) and police headquarters (right foreground).

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4. Made in Oregon

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5. Bancorp Tower, Nordstroms, and rain park.

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6. Pioneer square

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7. More downtown.

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8. Block offices in the olde downtown.

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9. Pioneer Park offices.

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10. Another angle on those office blocks.

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11. Zooming in.

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12. Streetside cafes.

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13. Overlooking the square.

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14. At the foot of the Burnside Bridge.

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15. Riverview condos. Portlands TV: KWTH, the famous Kell's Irish Pub.

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16. Riverview projects.

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17. The library.

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18. Birds eye view 1.

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19. Birds eye view 2.

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That's it for today. Thanks for stopping by everyone!

blunder

12. Olde John's Landing - Residential

Thanks again to everyone for stopping by!

Replies:

escilnavia: That area where the condos are is indead all zoned medium density, I just didn't have the patience for them all to pop.

bluemoose: Yeah some of it is repetitive, but oh well. And nbvc's seawall, like so many other things he does, simple rocks.

NMUSpidey: Don't worry, we will be returning to nature in the future.

evan&111222333444: Thank you for your kind words.

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New Stuff.

Last time we looked at the waterfront area of the Olde John's Landing. Today we will look at the residential side of it.

1. Housing down by the industrial area.

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2. The bottom of Medicine Ave., the back side of the route up to OHSU.

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3. The civic area of Olde John's Landing.

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4. A slightly older housing area in the middle of town.

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5. On the edge of the old downtown.

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6. Some of the houses on top of the West Hills above portland. Some people have quite a view.

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7. More houses on the hill.

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8. A radio station near the back entrance to OHSU.

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9. Larger view of the West Hills

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10. More West Hills

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11. Zone edge at night.

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12. Night view from above.

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13. More night view.

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And that's it for Olde John's Landing. Up next: ...well... I'm not sure what I'm going to show next, but I hope you'll come back.

blunder

Olde John's Landing - Waterfront

Welcome back to Rip City! First off, thanks for all of your comments everyone! Your kind words and praise are greatly appreciated. Thanks also to all of you who stop by to take a peek.

Next, I have a question for you about image hosting: I have a large mosaic (1k x 6x resolution) of the same cinder cone as the last update, but I don't know the best way to host it so it will display properly. I am currently hosting my images on my @live.com online storage, but when I try to link to the image it gets sized down. I have a horizontal mosaic stored there that doesn't do this so I would guess there's a max height threshold I've passed. I also have a free account on photobucket, but unfortunately that resizes automatically. So can anyone tell me how/where I can host my mosaic-sized pics? (without spending money for a pro account somewhere)

Finally on to the update. Today we jump from the wilds of the eastern side of the map to the old downtown area. Immediately south of Real Life Portland is an area called St. John's Landing, or in my little quasi-parallel universe, Olde John's Landing.

1. Tile overview. Willamette river is in the foreground, the east foot of the West Hills is in the background.

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2. Industrial area on the south of this tile.

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3. Busy Warehouses and Trucks.

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4. The local flora is not too happy with the industrial pollution.

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5. John's Landing Marina.

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6. North End of the Marina Boardwalk

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7. Apartments with a waterfront view

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8. Marina Services.

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9. Marina Boat Launch.

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10. View from above looking downhill.

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11. Marina Boardwalk at night.

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12. Olde John's Landing by night.

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Thanks again for stopping by everyone. If you have any pertinent information regarding my question about image hosting mosaics please drop it in the comments. Cheers.

blunder

Powell Cinder Cone

POWELL CINDER CONE

Welcome back for another update, one that finishes off what the last one started.

First off, thanks to each and every one of you viewers for bumping this CJ up into the BTT top 20!

Replies:

evanm: yes that's ploppable water. Most of it is jeronij's transparent ploppable water, some of it is DT's.

spursrule: Thank you!

alex: Thanks, but there are some blemishes there that keep it from being "perfect"

jetty jockey: Those are from the WMP Boardwalk set, by murimk and docrorlach, some of the fine folks from simpeg

soer_ii: Thank you! realism is something I aim for; its always good to hear that I've gotten something right.

NMUSpidey: Thanks! we'll then we'll just stay out here in the sticks for a little bit longer.

escilnavia: Thank you sir, we'll definitely be keeping it up.

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New Stuff:

1 If you remember last time we left off on the trail heading south from the geyser field. There was a bridge over a drainage washout.

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2 When we look up that washout, the tall forest gives way to shorter trees.

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3 And the short trees turn to scrub, mixed with yellow flowers.

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4 Continuing up the underbrush thins out and purple and white wildflowers take the place of the yellow.

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5 Here on the heavily eroded east face of this cinder cone, the underbrush and flowers turn into grass.

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6 Until we near the top and return to hillside that is less eroded, where the scrub can take root without gettting washed away.

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7 And at the very top of this old eroded cinder cone, a fumarole that occasionally still vents volcanic gasses, powered by the same force as the hot springs and geysers below.

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8 The SE side of the cinder cone:

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9 The western side, which hasn't eroded much, and so small scrub and trees can grow up farther towards the summit.

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10 The north slope, which is eroded similar to the east side.

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11 Overview of the cinder cone, looking from NE to SW

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12 And finally overview of the whole tile so we can see the hot springs too. Same direction farther zoom.

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Thanks again for stopping by folks. I hope you liked this update.

blunder

Powell Geyser Field

POWELL GEYSER FIELD

Welcome back everyone!

No comments on my boring and repetitive suburbs I see. Guess we'll chance tactics and head back down into the Powell Volcanic Area.

If you remember from our trip to East Crater there was a trail heading south. Taking that trail we cross into the next tile south.

1. We come to a fork in the road. Let's turn left.

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2. A little ways down the trail we see light in the tree tops ahead. The forest must be thinning out.

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3. But the clearing is actually a field of geysers and hot springs.

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4. The steaming hot water must be full of caustic chemicals since the surrounding vegetation is withered and dead.

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5. Green geyser spurts up and flows under the raised nature walk.

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6. Emerald fountain bubbles up amid the volcanic rocks.

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7. The runoff gathers together and forms a small stream.

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8. Not too far downstream the vegetation returns to normal.

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9. The trail continues on. But what lies up that runoff channel?

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We'll find out in our next update. See you next time.

blunder

East Farm Hills - Oak Slopes Interchange 2

Welcome back folks.

Replies:

@MamaLuigi945: Thank you! Most of the houses in my suburbs are by Mattb325 and Simgoober.

@Aaron Graham: Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

@testuser1234: Thank you, sir.

@NMUSpidey: Thanks. Yes, about 25% of the sims commute on it (this tile). The light rail is laid out to be more of an aesthetic regional transport tool than to maximize efficiency in each tile, otherwise I could get it higher.

@k50dude: Thank you!

New Stuff:

Today let's look at the rest of the tile.

1. Some people have extreme taste in painting their houses.

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2. The secluded, richer sections of town.

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3. Part of the small commercial district.

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4. Manufacturing Warehouses and a police station on the edge of the residential district.

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5. One of the town's thriving industries.

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6. More industry.

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7. The city at dusk.

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8. Working Late on Hillside Blvd.

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9. The hospital can certainly afford to waste electricity.

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10. Starting the night shift.

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That's it for Oak Slopes Interchange. Thanks for stopping by!

blunder

East Farm Hills - Oak Slopes Interchange - Transit

Welcome back!

replies:

@Blakeway: Thanks! I aim to please :D

@CDMetro34: Much thanks! one thing I enjoy most about this game is making scenery.

@TowerDude: Thanks! Well I am a flora addict :P

@NMUSpidey: That's fine, we'll be coming back out into the woods again.

@Texan: Thanks, but its more about wanting to make something and then using the tools you have to accomplish the task. Its like; "hey, I want to make a cinder cone!" and then "hmmm.....volcanic rocks it is." ;)

New Stuff:

Today we head back north (we'll come back to the woods, don't worry) to Oak Slopes Interchange, the tile just west of Oak Slopes.

In this update we will focus on the transit features of the tile.

1. Overview. North is left. Top is east (Oak Slopes).

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2. The interchange that gives the area its name: Where I-305 crosses the Columbia Gorge Highway.

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3. Closer.

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4. Along the Columbia Gorge Highway, heading west to Mossrock bend.

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5. The I-305 heading north where it will cross the columbia.

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6. Hillside Blvd. going through town.

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7. Iron Blvd. and its transit mall.

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8. North end of Iron Blvd.

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9. The intersection of Iron Blvd and Hillside Blvd.

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That's it for today folks. I hope you enjoyed the update.

blunder

Powell Volcanic Area - East Crater

Welcome back for another installment of Rip City

Replies:

@Wheelbarrow95: Thank you, sir!

@escilnavia: Deer meadow was actually a quick tile since most of it is forest from just 2 brush types. probably 4 hours for the whole tile (medium size tile)

@Adrianor: Thank you! The night shots are exactly how they look in game because I do not photoshop my screenshots, and these were taken before I started using the Day and Night mod. However once we get back to civilization the night shots will indeed be darker.

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New Stuff:

Remember that fork in the road in the last update? We're going to backtrack to it and head down the other path, which takes us west to the tile of East Crater.

1. Lava creek runs down through this tile and forms a small lake.

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2. The lake has a small dock with boats for shuttling across the pond.

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3. But if we stick to the main trail eventually we will run across a campsite.

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4. But what's this pile of rock on our right?

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5. It just keeps climbing up into the sky...

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6. Until it caps out in a crater.

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7. It's the cinder cone known as East Crater

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8. There are many wildflowers around the base.

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9. Its a good place to camp.

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10. Until the dawn comes again.

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That's it for East Crater. I hope you enjoyed your stay. Next update we'll get back to civilization.

blunder

Powell Volcanic Area - Deer Meadow

replies:

@NMUspidey: Yup suburbia is home to a lot of people. Thankfully I come from a small town. :lol:

@Towerdude: You're right it is; however around here all later development must yield to the cemeteries, so its not uncommon to have later construction rammed up against them.

@thefunktopus: Thanks!

@schulminator: Thank you, sir! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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New stuff:

Today we head back south. If you remember in Lava Creek there was a trail heading south. Today we're going to follow that trail.

This tile-and its neighbors-are probably a little different than what you're used to seeing here. There are only 6 lots on this tile. Total.

1. Heading south the trail crosses into Deer Meadow, part of the Powell Volcanic Area, a fictitious part of the Mt Hood National Forest.

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2. As we journey through the see of green trees, we come upon a small campsite where the trail forks. Let's keep left.

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3. The forest gives way to a new and shorter sea of green; deer meadow.

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4. Small stands of trees make islands in the grass.

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5. On the south end of the meadow are a couple more campsites.

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6. It's great to camp under the stars.

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7. Just remember your bugspray.

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8. And dawn begins to glow on the nearby hills.

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Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed Deer Meadow.

blunder

EAST FARM HILLS - OAK SLOPES

replies:

@escilnavia: Thank you!

@k50dude: Its on the portland map with portland details. Although the overall layout will have quite a bit of resemblance to portland, this is by no means a recreation. (unless Gresham grows some cinder cones maybe).

@exla357: Thanks for your kind words. If there's one thing this journal will have, it's MMPs. And don't worry, there will be wide curves, this is just the start of the region.

@NMUspidey: Thanks. I usually try to imitate natural scenery as best as I can, so its good to hear that sometimes I can get it right.

New stuff:

Moving north (and skipping over some farmland) we reach Oak slopes; the outer fringes of Rip City's greater metro area above the floodplain of the columbia. This area when I built it was still part of the initial demand building stage of starting a new region, so it's very griddish, not very detailed, and really not my best work, but it still has some appeal.

1. The suburbs sprawling along the Columbia River Highway.

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2. Oak Slopes school district.

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3. A small shopping area growing up along Hillside Blvd.

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4. The town green.

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5. Suburbia

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6. More suburbia

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7. Zombies live here.

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8. Oak Slopes West

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9. Oak Slopes East

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Thanks for taking a peek. I hope you enjoyed it.

blunder

East Farm Hills - Tequila Rock

Hello again, and welcome to another installment of Rip City.

Replies:

@Exla357: Glad you enjoyed it, and the amount of views so far is fine; this CJ is new here, it will take time to build.

@TowerDude: Thanks, and there are some much nicer streams coming up, stay tuned. :D

@NMUSpidey: Thnaks, I'm much more of an outdoors person than a city person myself. After a few updates you'll see an SC4 hike that I hope meets your approval.

Todays update is the next area north of Lava Creek. It's really just a northern extension of that town that contains the area's school, a couple subdivisions, farmland, and a whole lot of trees.

1. The hill known as tequila rock, named for the small agricultural and beverage producing establishment at the western foot of it.

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2. Agave Azul distillery. I don't know how they got agave to grow in the pacific northwest, but they did.

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3. Some of the surrounding forrest.

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4. Larger view of the subdivision.

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5. The new school and sportsfields.

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6. Unused woods between the school, housing, and western fields.

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7. Cattail pond.

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8. Bushwack pond.

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9. And finally an overview of the tile.

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I hope you enjoyed your visit. Be sure to stop by again.

blunder

East Farm Hills - Lava Creek

With this update we start off on the east side of the map in an area called the East Farm Hills in the small town of Lava Creek. Lava Creek lies on the northern edge of the Powell National Volcanic Area; a part of the Mt. Hood National Forest. It has a population of around 5000 and consists mostly of businesses catering to the agricultural industry located to the north and west. I should warn you that I'm not exactly starting off with the best stuff in the region as we take off.

01. Overview of the town.

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02. Farmers Market on the north end of the town's small 'strip'

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03. Some of the old buildings making up the town's core.

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04. South end of the strip leading into Lava Creek State Park.

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05. Everyone wants to live by the park so they can walk down to go fishing in the creek.

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06. One of the many small breweries in the greater Portland Area.

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07. Lava Creek and the trail that heads up into the Powell Volcanic Area.

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08. The trail heads south and goes up the hill.

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09. The trail crosses into the next tile south.

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10. Another view of Lava Creek.

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That's it for this update, I hope you enjoyed Lava Creek.

blunder

Introduction

INTRODUCTION

Hello and welcome to Rip City, better known as Portland, OR, USA.

Thanks to the small amount of success my CJ has enjoyed over at simpeg, I've decided to start dual posting updates to here too. First off, though, we need to get caught up to where the Simpeg version is, and this is what I'll focus on in the first few weeks. I won't show each and every picture-or even every update-that I've put up on simpeg, but I promise to get all the good stuff.

So here we go. This is the map I'll be using:

Portland Metro area by the NHP team.

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As you can see, this map has quite a bit to offer: A large river, small rivers, extensive floodplain, fairly flat lands, detailed hills. I've left the map largely as is but have terraformed in some additional features.

Not-so-relevant-details:

'Rip City' is portlands nickname solely within the basketball world, and as I'm a blazers fan, its what i chose to use. No-one actually refers to portland by this name in anything at all outside of basketball.

In keeping with the culture of the northwest, the portland area has a very high amount of coffee shops, excellent brew pubs, and things to do outdoors.

Also in keeping with the northwest, portland has a large hippy population, an unfortunately high amount of rain, a higher amount of cyclists who think they own the entire road, and an even higher amount of people who are chronically incapable of obeying the traffic law: "keep right except to pass."

And with that, its time to get posting; so sit back, relax, and I hope you enjoy the view.