Welcome one and all! We are back to continue, from where we left off...
Before we start, Please start this video below (I recommend starting video starting at the 1:27 mark):
Lakeland Metropolis was headed towards a dark, uncertain future. It could have kept growing the way it was and become a massive industrial empire, but to sacrifice so much just for industry and population? Mayors in many regions are competing to build a city that breaks that ever-illusive 1 Million population barrier, that only one city ever managed to do on a whole different region (named Woodland Metropolis). But he looked around and asked...Is it really worth it?
Finally, he retired as a mayor, and was replaced with a new mayor selected (randomly) to take care of this city. He had the power to make major changes to any city. He always saw the beauty in life, not the bad. This is the historical conversation the new mayor had with the old mayor regarding the city and its future, which took place day after he became mayor:
New Mayor:"Wow, he did a really good job, and no kidding, it may have its problems, but there is a certain beauty in the way this city is built, the roads, etc."
Old Mayor: "How is this beautiful?! It's completely screwed up? See?
New Mayor: "You are looking at the bad side of things. You built a wonderful industrial town, and made very delicious lemonade when life threw lemons at you. What you see above is how you see this city, but THIS is what I see in Lakeland Metropolis:
...Beautiful ain't it?
Old Mayor: "Gee I got to admit, this town always had beauty within. To bad It's all under the horrible pollution...Man, I screwed up!"
New Mayor: "No you didn't, you see, I don't work that way, I see the good in things in life. Don't despair, you have done a really good job, and this is one of the richest cities you have ever built. I think this city has a ton of potential, to become something amazing, mind blowing, and someday, it'll break 1 million Sims. A change is going to come, and we will bring out the beauty within this city."
It was the turning point of this city. The day he became mayor, he began many projects everywhere, such as a huge school (all levels) university, and a massive hospital. He also destroyed and shut down all dirty factories, and coal plants, and after out-taxing dirty industry, new manufacturing and hi-tech industries moved. Demolition of old abandoned low wealth buildings occurred, replaced by more beautiful medium-high wealth sky rises. The low wealth commercial shops become tall sky-scrapers everywhere (around the baseball stadium). The low wealth shacks became 2 story middle-class houses. The main avenue was widened to 6 lanes all the way into Lakeland City.
The mayor did run into many problems, like loosing 100,000 Sims to the demolitions, no job zots EVERYWHERE (cities go through puberty too!) traffic. The mayor then built what's called "spaghetti" subway system (subway stop in almost every block).
Roads were turned to 3 lane one way roads, and the Clean Air Act was passed, as well as the automobile emission reduction Act. The city's population hung around 260-270,000 for several years, before finally surpassing 300,000 after an avenue was turned into a highway, with new sky rises growing. More recently the city got back to its old population of 350,000 and blew past it.
Finally, it hit the hard 400,000 barrier! It was a proud moment for the mayor and all citizens.
Stop playing the video above and start the one below (recommend starting around the 1:00 mark but you can start it from anywhere you want) :
Many Years Later...
Everyone, Simtropolians, I present to you...Modern Lakeland Metropolis today!
(fireworks after 400,000 population barrier broken, Sims celebrated)
(A beautiful afternoon)
(A small European style portion of Lakeland Metropolis)
This...is the modern Great Coast Region...Today:
(actual image taken from satellite)
It is divided into 2 counties, Coastland County (in blue area) and Ashville County (in red region). Both mayors rival each other, but are at peace, and do help each other occasionally. Highway 45 connects both counties, as seen (the black line that cuts between them)
And this is the city map:
We're not done yet! There are also many other towns/districts within that connect to Lakeland Metropolis, in order to continue to grow...
Woodland City, Coastland District 15, and Coastland Commerce all serve to satisfy the demands (I-HT, commercial, etc.) To keep the main city growing.
All small tile towns have an 8 lane highway cutting through them, known as highway 55, which continues and loops into the Industrial city (city that supplies dirty industry and CS$ to all cities around it).
Coastal Metropolis is a town known for its mansions near the beach, and a highway running through it. It has the most mansions out of any city, and is currently under development. "
"Highway Turn District" is a small industrial city in which Highway 55 "turns" Hence the name and.. I was out of ideas! okay!
Use the region images above as a reference to where the cities are located...
Anyways, here is some images of Modern Coastland City Today:
This is the main 6-lane boulevard that cuts through Coastland City, Coastland Metropolis, and Coastal Metropolis. Thank you, Tarkus!
The first high density sky rises "rise" up into the air, bringing in more population, and more traffic. The city's population has exceeded 180,000!
(A night at highway 565 that goes through these urban areas)
There are also the towns east to Coastland Metropolis, known as District 105, and Tech District 24. These cities serve the same purpose as the Western cities.
The Highlands and Coastal Farming (Provides food for most cities). Highlands is a small town with some of Tech District 24's Tech industry and is the connection between the 2 Main counties. The county line ends at the Eastern border of Highlands and Coastal Farming.
(Beautiful middle wealth houses fill this region, as well as all services and shops in the center. One of the roads will become a 4 lane avenue very soon)
(Sunrise as children leave for school, note that streets were recently paved with dark asphalt)
(Coastland Boulevard...A summer night at Coastland City's lower homes, south of Highway 565)
This ends the third part, but this is only the very beginning...
I hope you all enjoyed this, there's so much more to come....
Coming up next part, we will see more images of the Eastern and Western towns, and take a trip to Ashville County, to see how they're doing...
*Please don't mind the UDI icons, and zots, they were enabled at the time they were taken, no point in editing them out
3 Facts you Didn't know about:
1. Woodland Metropolis is a city that I built in this game when I was 12 (back in summer 2008 in real life). It was before I discovered all the mods, nothing but vanilla game. It was the only city that ever broke the 1 Million population barrier, without mods, cheats, or anything. It was built on Easy though. It was a proud accomplishment I haven't done again since then...
2. All cities in this region are built on hard mode, with NO demand altering mods.
3. There will be polls much later in this journal, and the course of the story will be lightly to heavily affected by the votes.