I would first like to thank all the lovely comments and suggestions people have given me! The following pictures were taken before the suggestions users gave me so they will be implemented in the 3rd CJ update. Sorry that the 2nd update is so close to when the 1st update came out, I've just had these pictures and want to share them with you all. The next update wont come out as soon.
Grand River City has gone through many changes, including improvements to downtown. A town hall has been built as well as a farmers market. More commercial development in the area is making the city centre the place to be! Many factories have been moved from this location to the city's North-West Industrial Centre:
A growing community means more efficient, larger roads to handle the traffic volume. Here you can see the biggest intersection in the city so far, with the community's first apartments and suburban shopping facilities:
Lowe's warehouse can be seen in the top-right side of this next photo. The building provides a few hundred jobs for sims. You can also see River Road in this shot. It's a pleasant road with centre turning lanes and a nice median with vegetation in it:
Newly constructed Riverside Park provides recreation and relaxation for sims: