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Downtown Santa Rio is home to some of the region's only luxury condos, ones with beautiful views of the city and its windy rivers as well as the surrounding forest. However, with these condos maxing out at $3.5 million, they aren't nearly as luxurious when compared to those in larger cities. Once one exits the area of downtown filled with skyscrapers, they will notice that the area's residential neighborhoods are actually quite charming and peaceful, and is known for it's surprisingly low crime rates. Whether its the district's impressive skyline, world class shopping, relatively affordable housing, or unparalleled views of the encompassing valley that take a person's breath away.
Also, if you only want to see the buildings of the skyline scroll to the bottom.
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In 1997, when the state's population boom went into full swing, and when Santa Rio tried to launch a tourist campaign, it failed. Many blamed it on the unwelcoming weather of the Pacific Northwest so the city decided to build a group of light colored hotels to simulate a warm weather city. Today, these eight Art Deco hotels are not only landmarks but so popular that most tourists have to book a room seven months before their visit.
The Zeus River is a very clean river, almost clean enough to drink without filtration. Every single city along the river, included Santa Rio, is lined with a section of untouched pine trees that were there centuries before any Europeans arrived, although there are some exceptions. This does help promote the building of tall hotels and apartments, as seen above, in addition to protecting the environment.
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One of the exceptions to the tree-lined standard mentioned above is this residential portion of Downtown. All of these apartments were built before the state government began prohibiting urban development directly along the banks of the Zeus River in 1983.
Despite the fact new medium-density developments are constantly springing up across the state, there are still some single family homes that somehow manage to survive in the midst of the mid-rise chaos. However, there are constantly tons of lawsuits every single year as developers are constantly trying to get rid of these homes to build denser developments.
Here you can see the intersection of Jackson Ave. and Woodrow Road. The buildings on the intersection are (listed clockwise), the Santa Rio Main Library, Treasure Island Hotel & Casino, Chase Bank Tower, and the Grand Hyatt Hotel- Santa Rio.
As one travels farther south down Jackson Ave. towards the Riverscape District, they will occasionally run into hi-rises and skyscrapers.
A typical residential neighborhood in Downtown, similar neighborhoods can also be found in Midtown, Riverscape, and the Razer districts.
Harbor Medical Center
The northern end of Downtown, with the Jackson Ave. bridge in the background (I don't know why cars don't show up on the bridge).
As you travel west on Woodrow Road towards Midtown, you will run into the headquarters of Myers and Edison Continental Bank, often stylized as ME Bank, as well as Central Towne Center, a 6-floor enclosed shopping center with over 593,000 square feet of retail space that is attached to the ME Bank tower. (In real life, the mall is called the Melbourne Central Shopping Center/Centre in Australia while the tower is the Melbourne Central Office Tower).
More skyscrapers on Jackson Ave. heading south towards Riverscape.
We are now in the area of Downtown that houses most of the skyscrapers that make the city's iconic skyline.
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If you look towards the top you can see the University of English Vancouver- Santa Rio, a campus of the UofEV that has over 72,000 students, as well as it's lonely football stadium.
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Themistokles Thanks! And the Santa Rio proper only has 500k people, a light rail would be very lightly used.
gviper The eastern suburbs, once made, are going to break the grid.
Ln X I'm planning to do that after the next update, which will show the university.
GreekMan I understand what you mean by not having the drive to build anymore, but I'm both glad and flattered I can be inspiration!
lucasfg3 Thanks, glad you love it!
kelistmac Thanks! Also, a port wouldn't be feasible since all the bridges on the river are barely raised above the water.