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The Chutao Delta is located in a semi-tropical climate, with great beaches and large cities on the coast and small villages, farms and snow capped mountaints in the inlands.

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Rigga

Remeber the planned overview I showed a couple pages back? Well, this developing city (Strandsted) is the rightmost blue area. It's large downtown area, stretching from the beach to north of the highway interchange, is nearing completion. Still lots of work needs to be done, suburbs need to be built etc. To keep you warm, I've made a nice mosaic teaser of the Strandsted Beach District. A really nice district, with an avenue surrounded by skyscrapers, most of them businesses, but also hotels and appartment buildings. And of course the beach! I tried to make a breathable district: lots of parks and lots of space between the buildings. On a side note: ALL buildings are grown, I didn't plop any of the large skyscrapers, because IMO that's fake. Of course the buildings like schools, police etc are plopped.

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The second and last teaser, just to show you what I mean by lots of parks, the Strandsted Central Park, also located in this district. You can see the small soccer stadium in both pictures.

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Thanks for your attention and until next time!

Rigga

#8 Oceantown

As promised yesterday, I'll show Oceantown today. I have been quite busy building a nice business district today and I hope you like what it's become. Oceantown is supposed to become the suburbs of the island metropolis to be built.

As you can see, Oceantown is built on several peninsulars and islands. The largest is called Mestina. The smaller one is Ameba and the smallest is the Ocean Harbor. The small patch of land between Mestina and Ameba is a small part of Foresia.

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Let's take a look at the Ocean Harbor. With industry booming in Foresia, the Chutao government decided that another port must be built. Their eye caught the little island off the coast of Ameba. It was decided that this island would house a large port and that the rest of the island would be industrial land. The island is connected to Ameba via road and rail.

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Ameba was the first island to be populated. A few patches of commercial strips provided jobs and stopped Oceantowners from having to go to Foresia for their supplies. Nothing really exciting actually. 

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Outrfinal stop: Mestina. This will be the heart of Oceantown. It offers offices, shops, schools, a college a museum, a hospital, a large library, fire department, police station etc etc. But best of all: Feld Park. A nice open spaceous park to relax. And of course the Ocean Lake Marina. The body of water in the almost surrounded by Mestina is often referred to as Ocean Lake.

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Hope you enjoyed this update! Please give some feedback ;)

Rigga

Let's see where we are going. I've made a rough outline of what I want to make of this part of the region. The southwestern part is supposed to become the central part of a large metropolis, with the blue parts high-density development with CBD's and highrise apartment buildings. Red is highway, grey avenue and black rail.

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As you can see, there has been quite some development south of Hutchville: Foresia and Oceantown. These are large suburbs, consisting mostly of single homes, clean industries and local businesses.  Let's take a look at Foresia first. The Foresia area houses 16115 sims, who mainly work in high-tech industrial parks in around the city. Let's see how the town started out. As you can see, the goal is to keep an open, quiet feel to the town.

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Let's have a look around the town as it is right now. First, a nice overview, showing the different locations of the town.

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As you can see, Foresia has 8 medium wealth neighbourghoods (Rectan, Trian, Meers, Johns, Canali, Kike, Spore and Shelton), 1 rich neighbourhood (La Richesse), two high-tech indutrial parks (Foresia Tech and Silicon) and one dirty indutry park (Carbon Field). Lots of parks can be found in the town, the largest being John's Park, which houses the John College, John Church, John Water Tower and the Foresia Sports Park. There are two high schools (Meers and Kike), three passenger train stations (Carbon Field, Spore and Downtown) and a university (Foresia Tech University). Let's have a closer look at some of the neighbourhoods.

This is La Richesse. As more and more high-tech industry was coming to the town, demand for high-wealth housing started to emerge. This is what Foresia decided to do with that demand.

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West of La Richesse, we find Foresia Tech. When the Foresia University of Technology was founded, it attracted many high-tech businesses, that could benefit from the research going on at the university.

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Next up: John's Park and Downtown. John's Park is the largest park in the city. It's got the John's Church, John's Water Tower and the Pete's Chapel on it. Many Foresians come to relax in this park during nice summer days. Downtown is what you would expect from a suburbs of a large metropolis: mid-sized office buildings and department stores, located next to the H1 and the train station, connecting it to Oceantown, Hutchville and the to be built metropolis.

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This is the second largest park in the city, located in Johns: Chillfield. A simple grass field with some trees, a walking trail and a small pond is mostly used for picknicks. Occasionally the city allows events to take place at this field. Small concerts, open-air cinema, circus, carnival etc.

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Last, but not least, Silicon. This was the first high-tech park in town. Many people were working at the Carbon Field facilities, but as the town grew, people realised that more people ment more industry and more industry ment more pollution. Because of this, City Hall decided to invest in education to attract high-tech, clean industry, with Silicon as a result. A while later, the Chutao governement offered to build a research facility in Silicon. This meant a large boost in the high-tech sector in the town.

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Now it's off to bed. Tomorrow I'll show Oceantown with it's industrial harbor when I get home from work!

 
Rigga

Finally a new update! After having a few important deadlines at the uni I now have had the time to make a new update. Islandia really benefits from the airport being so close by. Tourists are coming into the city and the mayor decided that those tourists should have something nice to see. He therefor ordered a marina and a boardwalk to be constructed. A marina on the shore of Deslus and a boardwalk on the shore of New Portville. Enjoy!

First up: New Portville. The boardwalk adds a nice touch to the neighbourhood, which lies right next to the airport. Included in the boardwalk are the Lighthouse Museum and the Chez Port restaurants pier.

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Next up: Delsus Marina. A large piece of land was reclaimed to make the jagged edges of this island straight. This results in a nice, large marina with boardwalks, parks and restaurants.A large hotel (very originally named Deslus Marina Hotel) just opened up.

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Rigga
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Welcome to Islandia! This group of islands is an important commercial center for the region. The small portion that is the mainland area of this municipality has an airport, of which the runway extends on reclaimed land. Not too far from the airport you can find the Jackson Port (Remember from Jackson City?). Islandia City is made up from several bridge connected islands, one ferry connected island and a small portion of the mainland. The four bridge connected islands are, from north to south: Nisla, which is actually a peninsular, Minica, which has some commercial buildings and the cities trash boat facility, Buchery, a very expensive island to live on and finally Deslus, which has a booming economy right now. The island not connected by any bridges is Isle of Jackson, famous for where Jackson first landed when he came to settle in this area. On the mainland we find New Portville, a residential and commercial area next to the airport, the harbor and the old village Portville.

Here you can see the bridge connected islands. The first island to be inhabited was Nisla. Buchery was next: a few wealthy Islandiars got together and decided to build their dreamhouses on the island. After the airport was built, commercial demand skyrocketed, and because of that, residential demand did as well. Deslus was quickly connected by a bridge and the island was quickly inhabitated, which explaines the grid-like streets: it was the quickest way to build as many buildings as possible. After the island was finished, traffic on the bridges between the islands got busier and some smart entrepeneurs built some offices on the island connecting Nisla and Buchery.

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Next stop: Isle of Jackson. This little island is believed to be the first piece of land in the area that Jackson set foot on. That's basically all the history it has, because he never built anything there. Nobody knows why the island is inhabited, as it is only accessible by ferry and really small. Some people claim the people that live there are part of a strange sect, because people rarely travel to and from the island.

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Islandia and Jackson were steadily growing, so the small landingstrip in Jackson City wasn't big enough to answer to the rising demand. The Islandia Peninsular was chosen as the best location for a new airport, because of it's water-surrounded character. In the future, expansion is possible in the eastern direction by reclaming the land between the peninsular and the Hutchville municipality, seen on the right in the picture. The airport has three terminals: the large, international terminal, the national terminal further south and the southernmost terminal is the business terminal where people can board their private jets. New Portville is, just like Deslus, a commercial and residential area built as quickly as possible. It also houses the Portville University.

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Thanks for your attention. Now let's go back to our hotel in downtown Nisla.

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Rigga

Now that we've seen Jackson, let's get in the car, and take the N2 southbound. We don't have to drive long to get to the town of Menton. Menton has a weird background: the town used to be a castle, which used canals to defend itself against possible intruders. However, during the ages the castle was inhabited, no intruders showed up, so the people got less concerned with their safety and let the tower bridge lowered at all times. Until some day, somebody did show up and had an easy time destroying the castle. Why this happened is not 100% sure, but it is believed that Captain Jackson, the English captain who discovered the Chutao Delta, wanted to start a new land without having to deal with their original inhabitants. So he simply annihalated it's only inhabitants, which lived at the castle. The only thing that were left are the canals, which are today a tourist attraction on it's own, and a piece of the castle, which now houses the local Police Department (seen in the middle of the picture). 

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The mayor of Hutchville, however, isn't that great in keeping national treasures and started building a mid-rise appartments street with mid-rise commercial just outside Menton. Let's hope he won't damage the surroundings any further...

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Let's get back in that car and take the N2 further. After a while, we reach Hutchville, the municipality's capital. Looking at this city, it seems far from finished, so it's not worth taking any pictures. Only the Ocean Drive looks promising. Let's hope the mayor will do a better job on Hutchville than he did on Menton...

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We get back in the car and take another avenue: the N9. The N9 connects Hutchville to the Jackson Port and halfway down the road, we see a village to our right. We get off the N9 and take a road to this village, called Oakfield. This tiny historic village also has a story to tell. Do you see the church? Do you also see that it's clock tower is missing? Good, this explains why the village looks like how it looks now. The settlers who first settled here were all physicists. They adored and worshipped Isaac Newton. In his honor, they built a church, the Newton Church. Somehow, ironically, it's tower fell off a few years later, setting fire to the shops located next to it, burning them to the ground. Only the shops and the tower were lost. That's why you see the modern shops next to the older houses. Nobody knows why it happened, but if it was planned from above, who knows what Poseidon has to offer with his water tower...

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Rigga

Welcome to the third page! In this update, we'll see a change in Jackson City. The mayor was getting complaints from the residents, the boards of the commercial districts and the industry leaders about the high-tech industry park located on the Port Boulevard between the H1 and the N2. The nearby residents didn't want the industry near their homes, even though it was clean. The commercialists wanted more space to build more companies and the industrialists wanted to be closer to the port. The mayor decided to demolish the industrial zone and replace it with a neighbourhood of mid-rise appartments and regular homes. Between this neighbourhood and the Port Boulevard, another commercial district was planned to develop.

Lots of wealthy sims moved into this lush looking neighbourhood with plenty of parks and nice ponds.

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The small, low wealth commercial buildings located at the northern end of the Port Boulevard were to be demolished to build a square with musea and the Stock Exchange. As you can see, the area saw a rapid growth.

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The newly built square has two water places and is home to the Museum of Chutao History, the Museum of Modern Arts and the Jackson Stock Exchange.

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Oh and yeah: I downloaded a LOT of new commercial buildings, so hurray for diversity!

Rigga

#2 A look at Jackson

Jackson is the northern municipality, consisting of Jackson City, Acery, Hilberton and Sefhos. The H1 ends in Jackson city and becomes the N1, an avenue going north, connecting Acery and Hilberton to Jackson City. The N2 cuts through Airport District, connecting Sefhos, Sefhos Aiport and Menton, a town in the Hutchville Municipality. At this moment, the municipality houses 53.174 sims, making it the largest of the 3 now existing municipalities. The sims work in one of the two downtowns (Old City and Airport District), the Jackson Port or at one of the many farms that lie scatterd around.

An overview of the city:

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Old City with the Central Station:

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Airport District:

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Sefhos. A REALLY small village, only consisting of a few houses and a small chapel. It was the perfect location to build the small airport and the fire airport:

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Acery. An old village, centered around a nice church:

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Hilberton. Also an old village, centered around the town hall and the church:

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Rigga

This region is a beautiful mountainous delta region, fed by the Chutao river. I'll try to present weekly updates. For now, this is the region so far. Mind you that so far, only 4 of the 56 large city tiles have been used!

The region now consists of 3 small cities, 8 villages, an industrial port, a small local airfield and lots of farmland. This part of the region will connect to the south using H1, passing through Hutchville and Jackson City, and to the north via the N1, starting in Jackson city and passing Acery and Hilberton.

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Here is the road overview

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