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coolwiththecool2

After realizing that the Santa Rio Metropolitan Area was now 90% complete, I decided to take a tour of some of the cities and I realized that the region was not very unique, especially when compared to all of my cj's. A game like Simcity 4 can only go so far, so I decided tor recreated an old city journal of mine: the Kellan Metropolitan Area. Although this is my personal favorite, the funny thing is that in a poll I conducted in a previous entry of The Forgotten it wasn't even close to the top choice. However, I decided to bring it back after finally installing a terrain mod and a Pacific Northwest tree controller, as well as a slightly different building style. I'm also not sure if I'm going to keep it in The Forgotten or give it it's own city journal, but if I do it will probably spell the end of The Forgotten.

 

Also, I now realize it is spelled Arlington and not Airlington. I spelled it like that because I sounded it out but apparently where I come from people pronounce it wrong.

 

Note: I would suggest viewing the two regional images in full size.

 

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Old Kellan. Note that the region is kind of small and, if you zoom in, you will spot lots of plopped residential buildings.

 

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New Kellan, currently a BIG work in progress. There are some really big differences, such as:

  • A slightly bigger region (bigger by about an extra large city tile in both length and width)
  • The Columbus Terrain Mod
  • A new tree controller (not sure if it is the Pacific Northwest Tree Controller or Cascadia Tree Controller, they are nearly identical)
  • More "Tourist Spots"
  • 4 new cities: Berkley, West Chandler, Cedar Hills, Valdale
  • Slightly different terrain

 

I wish I had more pictures to show of the progress, but for now here are three teasers.

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Replies will be in the next update...

coolwiththecool2

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Previous Update: The University Update

Next Update: Midtown Santa Rio

 

No prologue today...

 

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First up...Palos Verdes Foothills

Population: 15,032

Median Household Income: $104,683

 

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Intersection of W. Redwood Avenue and N. Foothills Blvd., the center of life in Palos Verdes

 

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A local distribution center as well as Palos Verdes High School, a school that is so known for it's snobby student body that it was the setting of a high school drama show that became very popular in Henderson.

 

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A condominium overlooks Foothills Blvd in this rotated view.

 

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Some commercial on Foothills Blvd.

 

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Despite the area's strong suburban feel, big corporations still found a way to nestle themselves into the city.

 

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Eastbound transmission lines from the nearby nuclear power plant are hidden in a forest of trees.

 

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State Route 10

 

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Zoe Nuclear Power Plant, which became functional in 1993, provides over 55% of the region's power, with the rest coming from hydroelectricity, something the Pacific Northwest is known for.

 

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Interchange of State Route 10 and Interstate 45, a freeway that one can take past Catalina Foothills and all the way to the US-Henderson Border in Alaska. At the bottom is the exit to the nuclear plant.

 

Catalina Foothills

Population: 14,338

Median Household Income: $86,229

 

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A view of Interstate 45 entering Catalina Foothills

 

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An over-sized exit onto Foothills Avenue in the Southern portion of Catalina Foothills

 

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Catalina Foothills Police Department

 

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More commercial along Foothills Avenue

 

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Northbound transmission lines in the southern portion of the city

 

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Some affordable housing in Catalina Foothills, something Palos Verdes does not have.

 

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Some houses along the small mountain range that divides the city into two.

 

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Downtown Catalina Foothills, located in the Northern portion of the city

 

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More of Downtown

 

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korver Thanks!

MilitantRadical Thanks, and I always did have a small feeling the building didn't fit in...

sunda Obrigado! Que bom que você gostou!

gviper Lol thanks!

Nexusfire I'm planning to show the airport sometime soon, but I must warn you it is a pretty basic airport...

 

coolwiththecool2

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College Town, home to three different colleges, is a district of Santa Rio that is full of young, ambitious adults that finally managed to move away from their parents and find a creepy roommate to bunk with. Although the district is often criticized for it's virtually absent nightlife, students still find a way to have police show up to the dorms every night, and with a median age of 20, that tradition isn't going away any time soon...

 

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First things first, the University of English Vancouver, the main college of the district and the fifth oldest in the U of EV system.

PS, if you didn't figure it out after all these updates, English Vancouver is supposed to be an alternative British Columbia and a state of Henderson.

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There it is, the Santa Rio campus of the University of English Vancouver. Home to raving block parties, an ominous forest, and an occasional sewage smell, this campus of the U of EV definitely isn't the nicest. Other than it's medical school/hospital, Vu Medical Center, and the College of Built Environments, all of the school's academic programs are ranked last in the entire U of EV system and don't even make it into top 100 programs in all of Henderson.

 

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This is the North Campus Science Multiplex. The Foster Science Complex is home to four different schools, including the College of Built Environments, which is known for having the 11th best undergraduate Architecture program in North America and the 15th best undergraduate Interior Design program in Henderson.

 

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A CVS Pharmacy next to the NCSM.

 

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The Vu Medical Center, formerly known as Vu Research, is home to one of the best medical programs on the entire continent. 

 

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Some more schools and buildings in the main part of the campus

 

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Some stores and a Hyvee Groceries & Gas along Foster Ave.

 

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Here you can see the SRMMA and the English Vancouver School of Design, a separate college that is almost always ranked higher than the neighboring U of EV campus.

 

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Intersection of Foster Ave. & Jackson Ave.

 

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Southeastern portion of the Parkers Court Dorm Complex.

 

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Southwestern portion of the Parkers Court Dorm Complex.

 

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Northern portion of the Parkers Court Dorm Complex.

 

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Westwood Village, a group of condominiums that is marketed exclusively towards graduate students.

 

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Parkland Lofts, an upscale student housing development that replaced Brennan Hall in 2010.

 

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A local Super Target that has been known as a place unsafe for kids at night since it can sometimes fall victim to the local streakers of the campus.

 

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Next up are the two other colleges in the district, the Kingston Institute and the E.V. School of Design.

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The English Vancouver School of Design was originally founded as Northwestern College in 1965 but relocated from the Kellan Metropolitan Area and "relaunched" to become the college it is known as today. The former school became defunct in 1990 after a majority of the school's professors were caught giving their students answers to major licensing tests for various degrees for over four years. 11 years later, the school relaunched with an entirely new persona to work it's way up to one of the most respected design schools on the North American West Coast.

The school has since then produced many successful alumni including Mark Hamelberg, a famous NFL player, Janice Smith, co-founder of social media site InstaFace with a net worth of over 18.9 billion dollars, and Jack Hodgins, an actor known for his big movie roles including Captain Henderson in The Revengers. The school also offers a number of dual degree programs with the nearby Kingston Institute as well as a dual degree in Photography with the neighboring U of EV campus.

 

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The Kingston Institute, founded in 1950, is a premium college known for it's well-respected law school as well as  it's superb MBA program. Because of this, the school is made up of mostly graduate students from all over the world who managed to get past the relatively difficult admission process. On February 15th, 2015, the school gained even more recognition after Stephen Hawking gave a very compelling lecture in the school's library building, and in July 2014 when one of Morgan Freeman's grandchildren enrolled in the school.

 

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Compdude787 Thanks! And it only has one freeway because it is supposed to be situated in the relatively remote region.

Ln X That is very true. And lucky for you, Palos Verdes is in the next update.

gviper Thanks!

Linoa06 Thanks

kschmidt Thanks! It is a shame that grid patterns are hard to escape from.

sunda obrigado! (Thanks!)

 

Next Update: Palos Verdes Foothills & Catalina Foothills.

coolwiththecool2

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I planned to update Santa Rio a long time ago, but my hard drive got corrupted. Luckily, Santa Rio is backed up but my wife decided to send my computer to Geek Squad despite the fact I told her I could fix it myself. Toshiba, for some reason, decided to replace the motherboard as well so now I'm dealing with a whole new slew of problems related to Windows 10 not being activated now.

 

Also, two things about the the valley's grid pattern (I know people are silently judging me on it):

1) I am REALLY bad at finding a way to zone along diagonal and curved roads in SC4 while making it look good at the same time.

2) Despite this, I actually made the cities of Langley, Ironwood, and Hawthorne disconnect from the grid pattern. Sadly, those are all in the Southeast valley so they do not show up in any of these photos.

 

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kschmidt Thanks! Glad to see someone else in the city building community that appreciates non-European architecture.

BugeyedDragon That is the Treasure Island Casino (from Las Vegas). I'm not sure if I got it from the STEX or SC4D

Themistokles   Thanks! And the cities Santa Rio is based off of don't really have expansive light rail systems. They are present, but certain parts of the North American West Coast are known for being very car dependent, so Santa Rio's realism is based off that factor.

feyss Thanks!

raynev1 Thanks! And I was actually going for that dense Manhattanization of the CBD.

Schulmanator Thanks! Glad you liked the variety.

Mr. Bluescreen Lol thanks! It is a really nice region.

inspire224 Thanks!

jmsepe Thanks! I usually don't do tall buildings so that was a special.

sejr99999 Thanks!

 

Next Update: Northwest Santa Rio (Greene, Owen Heights, & College Town)

coolwiththecool2

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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As one travels farther south down Jackson Ave. towards the Riverscape District, they will occasionally run into hi-rises and skyscrapers.

 

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A typical residential neighborhood in Downtown, similar neighborhoods can also be found in Midtown, Riverscape, and the Razer districts.

 

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Harbor Medical Center

 

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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).

 

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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).

 

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More skyscrapers on Jackson Ave. heading south towards Riverscape.

 

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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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Updated Regional Satellite View (No Political Borders)

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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.

 

Updated Regional Transport View

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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.

coolwiththecool2

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Santa Rio is a relatively dense city located along the Zeus River, a deep and very windy tributary of the Kellan River. Santa Rio has seen accelerating growth due to its participation in the statewide Skyline Race, the name given to for the skyscraper construction boom all across English Vancouver. While Santa Rio may not have as many skyscrapers as nearby Kellan or the charm of Oceanside, it still has a special feel to it that makes it's residents proud to call it home.

 

Also, sorry about the six month break (I think it was six months). I haven't been a busy man or anything, other than getting a huge promotion, but I'm back now so hopefully the CJ can live on.

 

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A political map of the Santa Rio Metropolitan Area, sometimes referred to as the Zeus River Valley

 

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A zoning map that reveals some areas such as the Clarkson Retail Corridor (Downtown Clarkson) and one of Santa Rio's only industrial areas.

 

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A transport map showing freeways, state routes, significant streets, and railways, including Skywind Central Station.

 

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coolwiththecool2

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Riverdale is a prominent, relatively sprawly city with a denser core that is situated along the Riverdale Avenue Corridor. Downtown, Midtown, and Lower Riverdale are all located along this business corridor and each are only about 2 miles apart. The entire metro area follows the geography of the Oceanside River Valley, which is where it is located, and is also also known for being very hilly with the exception of the RA Corridor.

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Downtown Riverdale. At 715 feet (218 meters), the KMPG News Tower is the tallest building in the Riverdale Metropolitan Area. It is also the fifth tallest building in Henderson that was designed by an architect outside North America. One honorable mention is the Chase Tower at 483 feet (147 meters) that was built after the old Sears Tower collapsed due to a 8.5 earthquake that occurred in 1991.

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Midtown Riverdale isn't that interesting however, and although it is still home to some hi-rises most people on travelling on Riverdale Avenue just keep driving by.

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However, some people do stop at Western Gallery, Riverdale's very own modern art gallery that opened in 2014.

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More buildings in Midtown.

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Lower Riverdale, the Northern anchor of the Riverdale Avenue Corridor (it's not the end of it, however). In this picture you can see the Jenkins Building (white tower), Riverdale City Hall (brownish tower), the Nafmis Department Store (blue-yellow building), a Target, and modern apartments (bottom-left) that have rents as high as $2,800 in some units.

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The world headquarters for Ouellette Electronics, a premium electronics corporation that has gained popularity in the computer market after its affordable yet premium Smackbook Pro was released in 2009.

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Some single family homes near Lower Riverdale.

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More homes near LR.

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Further down Riverdale Avenue, the street decreases to four lanes and we happen run into the Vu Medical Research Center (orange/red building) and the Eicosakis Biology Center (greyish-blue building), both are research centers that attract college graduates from premium Bay Area colleges as well as East Coast Ivy Leagues back in the United States.

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We are about to go down into Riverdale Plains, a small geographic feature that only has three residential buildings that aren't single-family homes. All major buildings are also situated on or near Flatline Avenue.

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In this picture, you can see the Riverview Tower, a small distribution center, Plainsview Elementary School, and a police station across from the elementary school.

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A close up of Plainsview Elementary and the police station.

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As we continue down Flatline Avenue, we reach a curve that helps us see the shore of the Oceanside River better.

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Tyler L. Henderson High School. With 2,105 students (2,238 including 8th graders taking freshman classes), THHS serves all of Riverdale Plains and the northern part of the Riverdale Avenue Corridor.

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michae95l -Those are the original JS Seawalls.

Major from Bajor - Thanks! Hope you have fun returning to SC4!

Mymyjp - Thanks!

slickbg56 - Thanks! And yes, Oceanside is very dense.

Kim Sunwoo - Thanks! I knew trams and malls always convince people.

coolwiththecool2

Note: Greater Xylo is still active.

120 miles north of the Kellan Valley lies Oceanside, another thriving city in the Pacific Northwest. Despite its name, Oceanside is situated on the coast of the Columbia Sound. Oceanside is known for the very large amount of rain it gets every year. Since it is located farther north on the Pacific coast, Oceanside receives over 100 inches (2,540 millimeters) of rain from January to December. The city is also prone to earthquakes and volcanoes, like the rest of the Pacific Northwest, and is even home to a volcano of its own, one that some say is more dangerous than Mt. Rainier will ever be...

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WARNING! THIS UPDATE CONTAINS A LOT OF PICTURES!

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The sun rises in Downtown Oceanside, which is a big deal since clear skies in the wet season of the Pacific Northwest.

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Rush hour traffic starts to pour into Downtown Oceanside on the I-5, after all, the people of the West Coast do love their freeways.

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More rush hour traffic.

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Regional HQ of XyloCorp, an architectural firm based in Xylo.

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Downtown Oceanside is basically a cluster of skyscrapers and hi-rises.

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Medium-density residential development along the I-5.

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Light rail runs through downtown.

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Low elevation areas like this are been prone to tsunamis and river flooding, especially here since its on the mouth of the Chumash river.

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The shy Bank of America Building tries to hide behind the Chumash Inc. Tower.

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The main exit into the Pitch district, home of most major sports teams in Oceanside, as well as concert halls, arenas, stadiums, and shopping plazas.

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The Pitch is also home to the Sandy Springs Plaza.

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Now we are in Historic Downtown Oceanside, which is located across the bridge on Rocket Island.

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Historic Downtown Oceanside is known for its large, McMansion style houses.

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It is also known to be home to the first Ikea in all of Henderson.

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Oceanside High School serves more than 2,100 students a day, and has been serving the spoiled students of Rocket Island since 1898, which makes it the third oldest high school on the Henderson West Coast.

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Panorama of Historic Downtown Oceanside.

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Oceanside gets a lot of rain, which is what the Pacific Northwest is known for.

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Replies from "Update 28- First Nigh Shots In 2+ Years"

jmsepe- Thanks! Good to know someone liked the humor!

feeroz123- Thanks!

Mymyjp- Thanks!

Sexysark:p- Thanks! Took a couple crashes to make the road system...

Ultimate727- Thanks!

Replies from "Oceanside Teaser"

Sexysark:p- Thanks! Been working on Oceanside for a while to make it unique as possible.

Ultimate727- Thanks!

takemethere- Thanks!

Kim Sunwoo- Thanks! Henderson and American architecture are basically identical.

Mymyjp- Thanks! I think its the Toronto Dominion Tower but, like everything in my plugins, I have no idea where I got it from.

ulisse- Thanks! And here's rest!

Tonraq- Thanks!

Ln X- Thanks!

gviper- Thanks!

tankmank- Thanks! I knew those would be the best for the teaser.

Urban Constanta- Thanks!

RATE, COMMENT, +1, AND VOTE IN THE POLL!

coolwiththecool2

While 2013 was a bloody year for Henderson, 2014 proved to be God's apology. Not only is Henderson's economy now the third largest in the world (after the U.S. and China), but citizens are continuing to come together to mold the friendliest, smartest, and safest country on Earth. Although 2014 was relatively quiet in pop culture compared to 2012 and 2013, Henderson made national history by rejecting to participate with the any of kind combat for the first time since the Korean War, which ended up improving Henderson relations with numerous Middle-Eastern countries due to vast support from citizens and politicians. With all of these once-in-a-lifetime events, 2014 was one of those years where you just had to see to believe...

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Greater Xylo and the Kellan Metro are both in this update, which is why the pics have labels on them...

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Happy Ne-

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We're Out Over Here Too...

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More Night Shots

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Ln X- Thanks!

Jacob_G2013

Mymyjp- Thanks! And I finally made some night shots too

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Sexysark:p- Thanks! And that is actually the New York Times Buildings, got it from the STEX

Sylvio Jorge- Thanks!

MrGovernor- Thanks! And those are from the NWM/NAM

Aflack122791-Thanks! And those are seawalls, although I forgot the person who made the ones I downloaded...

nos.17- Thanks! And it feels like that to me too, I have no idea why cars don't spawn on the traffic-riddled roads...

juliok92012- Thanks!

RATE, COMMENT, +1, & VOTE IN THE POLL!

coolwiththecool2

During a population boom that even earned a name, the "Decade Burst" (2000-2013), Downtown Island and Business Bay grew by 268k and 294k, respectively. Both went threw what some call a skyscraper competition, making the number of 1,000 ft. skyscrapers go from three to sixteen. At first, Downtown Island was winning, it had to anyway since it was the formal "downtown" of Xylo. However, in 2009, the Business Bay District Mayor approved the construction of four new super-tall skyscrapers, including one that would become the eighth tallest building in the world, to be centered on a peninsula on Commerce Bay...

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These were taken at different times, so pictures like the second one will either be underdeveloped or not match other pictures in the update...

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Central Business Bay

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The Western side of Commerce Bay (don't mind the tile grid, that area is much more developed now, and don't mind the fact one of the skyscrapers from the previous picture are missing).

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The Northern side of Commerce Bay, with a cruise ship port also visible.

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A better picture of the Western side of Commerce Bay. Although it isn't shown in this picture, traffic on this avenue can be so bad during rush hour that even upper class people have started to crowd local public transit.

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The Southwestern corner of Commerce Bay. The intersection near the center of the picture is one of the most congested in the entire country. A 2013 report about traffic congestion in Henderson revealed that if a person drives through this intersection during rush hour, their trip/commute will be delayed by 19 minutes.

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On the Eastern side of Commerce Bay, there is hardly anything but residential apartments and skyscrapers until one crosses the district's borders.

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More housing on the Eastern Side of Commerce Bay.

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Back near Central Business Bay, an elevated rail line runs through another mostly residential neighborhood.

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The regional headquarters for the Huston Corporation dominates the view of a park near the district's northern borders.

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The Northwestern corner of Commerce Bay.

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Central Business Bay

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More Central Business Bay

Replies from Update 25

Btw, I usually don't group replies but there was a combined total of 29 comments so yeah...

Mymyjp- Thanks! And there's finally a park in here lol

jmsepe- Thanks! And that was from the result of low commercial demand...

Ln X- Thanks! And a dam would be hard since the Northeast is pretty flat...

slickbg56- Thanks! The Target is either from Hemblem or SimGoober

mrsmartman | tankmank | _marsh_ | dabadon5 | watchirakorn- Thanks!

city89- There are two different black glass buildings on the left at the corner, please specify.

Neto Dari- Thanks!

Replies from Special Entry 9

Ln X- Yes, but those have never been in anyone one of my cj's before. Kirkland is relatively new.

slickbg56 | jmsepe | Mymyjp- Thanks!

Titanicbuff- Thanks! #usn

Replies from Special Entry 10

Ln X | Mymyjp | NielsC007 | Jacob_G2013 | Dgmc2013 | mayorbk- Thanks!

jmsepe | Huston- It is the North American East Coast after all...

slickbg56- That's why I never lived in Chicago

dabadon5- I wonder if it's snowing on their Sims game too...

Titanicbuff- Sure is

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This was supposed to be a Christmas update, but I already photoshopped the pictures and I would've forgot.

Light snow currently falls throughout Northeastern cities like New York City (it really is) and Radiator Springs while the Western cities like San Francisco are preparing for nearly three inches of rain (again, real event). But in the Xylo Metro Area, which is very close to Radiator Springs and NYC, sudden blizzard conditions has caused massive power outages, road closures, and a temperature drop from 33 degrees to 25 degrees. In Business Bay, which will be the next major update, wind gusts up to 60 MPH have knocked out power to the entire district, while on Downtown Island the quickly accumulating snow have forced residents to abandon their cars and walk home in freezing weather and super slushy snow.

Replies are at the bottom...

Also, the lyrics to Let it Snow were slightly changed...

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Oh the weather outside is frightful

But the fire is so delightful

And since we've no place to go

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

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It doesn't show signs of stopping

And I've bought some gloves for boxing

The outage made the lights fully go

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

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When we finally kiss good night

There will be snow everywhere

But if you'll really hold me tight

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

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The fire is slowly dying

We might die while crying

I think its my time to go

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

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As most of you know, all of my cjs and cities, including The Forgotten (this cj) take place in the fictional country of Henderson. Henderson is basically a near replica of the United States, and because of that, it is also in an alternate world where the US and Henderson somehow co-exist together. Many cities are similar to US cities. Radiator Springs is NYC, Xylo is a city near NYC, Kellan is Portland, Benjamin is Dallas/Houston, and so on. But today, I have photo-shopped a satellite picture of Kirkland, another city of mines to be introduced soon, or never, and the surrounding area. Enjoy!

Also, READ the SUBTITLES before asking questions please.

Replies will be in the next major update.

Note: The Verdango Metro. and surrounding areas are a satellite picture from Houston, where as the rest of the region is taken from the northeast or Indiana, which means the colors are noticeably different than the rest of the region. The Drehah Metro is a screenshot taken at the wrong zoom level, so it doesn't look like anything is there.

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Basic satellite picture with no labels.

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Basic landforms.

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Major freeways and interstates. Obviously there are more freeways within each metro area, these are just freeways that go out of the region or connector freeways meant to connect two cities/areas, like an expressway almost.

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The borders of metropolitan and micropolitan areas, along with the CSA (Combined Statistical Area) border. And of course there more cities/developed areas, but they don't meet the requirements to be a metro/micropolitan area on their own.

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Density map, self-explanatory.

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Carlsbad, one of Xylo's oldest suburbs, is home to some of the nation's smartest students. With a HKI Score (Henderson Knowledge Index) of 927 out of 1000, it is also home to some of the nation's smartest adults. The city of 79,000 people, however, is rapidly aging and has barely seen any residential construction since 1984. In 1999, former mayor Bonquisha Hamilton announced the New Downtown Carlsbad project, which was expected to add numerous jobs and housing for as many as 15,000 residents. In 2009, the final skyscraper was built and the project was considered completed, Since then, the city has slowly started to become more lively, reversing the aging process and helping Carlsbad catch up to modern times.

Replies are at the bottom.

Don't forget to vote in the poll!

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The Memory District, formerly known as Historic Downtown Carlsbad, used to be the center of attention in the city. City Hall (reflective black building at the intersection) has stayed in the same building since 1948.

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Dual Carlsbad Station, located near the Memory District, serves the Blue and Yellow lines of Xylo's Suburban Light Rail Project.

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Another light rail station on the Yellow Line near the North Carlsbad Avenue exit of Interstate 20.

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Some medium density housing developments.

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South Carlsbad Avenue exit of Interstate 20, with a light rail station at the bottom of the picture.

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A middle class housing neighborhood.

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This is where Devaloti Blvd. turns into Interstate 25.

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Some suburban housing in Carlsbad near Interstate 25. Carlsbad is one of the cities in Xylo where urban sprawl turns into suburban sprawl, although there is no actually boundary.

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Just some street hierarchy, a normal feature of any North American suburb.

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The New Carlsbad Avenue exit of Interstate 25. This shopping center means that we are finally getting closer to New Downtown Carlsbad.

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Just a quick stitch.

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New Downtown Carlsbad. You can see the Yellow Line light rail at the top, and you can also see NDC's borders at the top, where the dense tree canopy returns.

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Replies From Special Entry 8

Neto Dari- Thanks!

PhatHead- Lol I saw it and had to make use of it somehow.

Titanicbuff- I thought everyone in Colorado knew how to drive in snow...

Mymyjp- Lol thanks!

VMIUJcadet09- Thanks! And your right those were from Atlanta.

Replies From Update 24

Mymyjp- Thanks!

jmsepe- Thanks! And yes I stared at it a while myself lol.

slickbg56- Thanks!

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St. Cloud is a small town of 6,000 people located on an island outside of Xylo. The town has filled all the land on the island suitable for development, which is why the St. Clouds population jumped from 192 in 1940 to 5,783 in 1950 and then flat-lined. In 2009, ex-mayor Hayne Smith proposed expanding the island via land reclamation and constructing a series of hi-rises that could populate up to 80,000 people. In 2012, this proposal was taken into effect and the project is expected to be completed in late 2014-mid 2015.

Replies will be covered in the next update...

The City of Lennox (Update 22) was the last update of Palmdale for now...

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St. Cloud City Hall. (Ignore the fact the building is a library)

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A better view of Downtown St. Cloud, with a sunny day making City Hall (middle-left), St. Cloud Elementary School (top-left), and William Bill Clinton High School (middle-right, cut out) all visible.

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Some houses and businesses outside Downtown.

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KBBL Radio, which is Xylo's fifth most listened to radio station, has its tower located in St. Cloud. Due to this, spotty reception is common is Xylo's outermost suburbs, one of which is also Xylo's most populated suburb.

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Some housing south of Mountain Blvd.

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This intersection is where Cloudy Avenue turns into Costal Road (which will be seen in each of the next four pictures) after crossing Mountain Blvd.

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Coastal Avenue goes diagonal to match the island's topography.

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Some houses next to Dante's Peak.

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Quick Stats

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Districts of Xylo (the main city)

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City of Lennox

Replies are at the bottom...

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Lennox High School (2,058 students), with the Velroy J. Lennox Stadium across the street, serving Lennox High School and Riverdale High School.

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Speaking of Riverdale High School (2,756 students), this iconic high school that even has underground classes was once the flagship high school of The City of Riverdale, which was annexed by Lennox in 1988.

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A strip mall near the amusement park.

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Lennox Yards, an upper class development, right near lower class housing.

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The Lennox-Crystal expressway.

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Farms in Northern Lennox.

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Malcolm High School in the Lennox portion of Palmdale Island.

Replies (From Update 20)

SimRico- Thanks! Was wondering how the no downtown thing would work...

sarthakknight- Thanks! And yeah I tried to mix it up a little.

Ln X- Thanks!

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More Xylo

Numerically, Xylo is one of the fastest growing cities in Henderson. The city has long been known for its low density traditions, but in 1980, a new mayor was elected for the quiet city of 550,000. By 2010, the Xylo's population skyrocketed to over 1.5 million. This has also spawned new business districts, part of the mayor's plan to concentrate skyscrapers in certain areas. Some are even predicting that Greater Xylo and nearby cities will merge with the urbanized Radiator Springs Bay Area, more than 75 miles north up the Atlantic Coast, in as little as 40 years. If that happens, a new, Tokyo-style megaregion will form on the Eastern Seaboard with over 100 million residents, including endless miles of urban sprawl hugging the Atlantic ocean.

Replies are at the bottom...

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New Buckhead, a business district named after the nearby Buckhead district in Xylo. Unlike the monster business districts of the Central Xylo Triangle, New Buckhead and surrounding areas are cursed with aggravating gridlock due to inadequate public transit and a high number of suburban residents travelling from as much as 35 miles away.

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A closer view of apartments near New Buckhead.

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An upper-middle-class neighborhood north of New Buckhead.

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This neighborhood, which is an equal radius from multiple business districts, is one of the most diverse in Xylo. Asians and Hispanics make up nearly 60% of the neighborhood's population, while Whites only make up 11%.

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A row house development near the Hamilton Business District.

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A suburban style shopping center to give people a break from all the apartments and hi-rises.

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An upper-class development near Hamilton.

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More houses near Hamilton.

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A poorer neighborhood.

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Linda Swampy Medical Center, New Buckhead.

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Kingston Business District.

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The Kingston Branch of the Xylo Library, and Kingston Springs Medical Center in Kingston.

Replies (From Update 21)

GDK- Thanks!!!!!!!!!!

tonyr- Thank You!

VMIUJcadet09- Glad you like the new style!

Tonraq- Thanks, I made sure the buildings I picked were top fashion!

Neto Dari- Thanks! Seems like Downtown is everyone's favorite!

Tankmank- Thanks!I really need to do more like this!

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Palmdale will still have its last 3 updates, just had to get this out the way.

Xylo, home to the second densest urban core, is a city with one of the fastest growing skylines in Henderson. In 1985, the tallest building in Xylo was barely over 300 feet tall., but in 2014 Xylo had two buildings over 1,000 ft high and six over 800 feet. This skyscraper boom also brought a load of people, with Xylo adding over four-hundred thousand people from 1990 alone. But along with this came many city planning failures, including things like over-capacity freeways and an outdated public transit system. Even with all of these obstacles, Downtown Xylo remains to be one of the most expensive neighborhoods in North America.

Replies are at the bottom

Click for Full Size! They look weird when their not full size.

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Uptown Xylo

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Downtown Xylo

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Downtown Xylo 2

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Buckhead

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Downtown Xylo 3

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Downtown Xylo 4

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Lower Xylo

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Uptown Xylo 2

Replies

SimRico- Thanks! And you have to go to this city journal's main page to follow it.

sarthakknight- Thanks! Glad the waterfall didn't turn out bad...

Ln X- Thanks!

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City of Mountain's Edge

Contrary to popular belief, the city of Mountain's Edge is a lower middle-class city. Many assume it is a high income city due to its high educational reputation. In 2013, 11 high school seniors got a perfect score on the Henderson College Ability Exam. The average HCAE score that year was 2370 (highest is 2500), which is nearly 95% and is also the highest score of any city with more than 50,000 residents. The city is so well known internationally that even Harvard University and Georgetown University, both prestigious colleges in the US, started a scholarship program to help the students afford college, since most of the city is lower class.. This city proves you don't have to be super rich to be super smart.

Replies are at the bottom...

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Tundra Falls of the Lennox River outside the city borders. This is my first MMP (or whatever you call it) so go easy...

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Central Mountain's Edge. Many refer to it as a downtown, although the Mayor Kyle Lebaron clearly states that the city has no central business district.

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Some apartments near the southern border of the city.

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The Eastern side of Central Mountains Edge.

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A poorer neighborhood that happens to enjoy luxurious mountain views. Despite the fact the city is mostly lower-class, most houses aren't this bad out of shape and are much bigger.

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Mountain Ridge Middle School.

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A higher income neighborhood near the border of Lennox.

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This is where N. Benjamin Ave. and N. Mountainside Ave. join to create E. Lennox Ave.

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Some industry on the other side of the Lennox River.

Next Update Teaser (Which was supposed to be this one)

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Lennox High School in the City of Lennox, with a football game in progress.

Replies

sarthakknight- Thanks!

Ln X- Thanks! Took a while to find the right tutorial for that.

Aaron Graham- Thanks!

APSMS- I know I'm surprised too, and I do it in case anything happens to my computer and I lose all the stats.

hey zeus- Haha respect

:D

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Here's Palmdale's August Census. In game it would be the 2010 census so yeah. And I'm planning for Palmdale to have one more census before I switch on to a difference city.

Replies will be covered in the next update.

The Palmdale Valley remains largely undeveloped, which is why there are only seven cities at the moment.

ALL units are US/Imperial! And make sure you read the text before the image before asking questions...

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In case you're confused, the colors within the white boxes are the "sub categories", which you can see below the actual scale, such as Poverty or Upper Middle Class.

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If your confused in this one, these are the records for neighborhoods and districts, NOT cities. For example the most populated neighborhood/district in Central Palmdale, with 189,000 residents, and is located in the City of Palmdale.

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This wasn't supposed to be purple, so sorry if you can't read it.

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August 22, 2014. The sun sets in the Palmdale River Valley as it ends its transit across Earth's sky for today. Kids all across the valley sadly watch the sunset as they realize tomorrow is their last week of being free from prison, a.k.a school. Many are making sure they end this crazy summer with a bang, after all next year's summer break is going to be two weeks shorter. The world-famous amusement park Crystal Laughter, has slashed their ticket prices from $30.00 to $10.00 for all youth younger than 16 years or elders older than 65. Some rumored this will be the week kids take over the world, some even say this will be the week kids finally protest against being forced to go to school. Under circumstances like these, anything can happen...

Replies will be covered in next update...

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In an exclusive interview yesterday, an anonymous worker at Crystal Laughter said she after she heard about the lowering of the ticket prices, she cried because her boss said that the park will be so busy she can't take a lunch break unless she was legally starving and has to work 12 hours compared to her regular 8 hour shift.

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Since the area around the amusement park is considered the downtown for the City of Lennox, this expressway ramp usually sees moderate traffic, but police and city officials are preparing for the traffic that will be caused by what can be the busiest week in Crystal Laughter's history since it opened in 1958.

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--PART OF THE DOUBLE DAY UPDATE SPECIAL--

--CAREFUL! LARGE PICTURES--

Founded in 1932, The University of Henderson's Palmdale Campus in College Town is the 4th oldest campus in the UofH college system. With 41,495 undergraduates and a total of 54,227 students, it is also the second largest campus of the 1.1 million student UofH system. One fact that even many locals don't know is that 94% of the 111,000 residents in College Town either are or have attended the local UofH campus. Which also makes income inequality very great. Whether your wondering how your going to pay off your student loans or bragging about how you already paid your's off, everyone is always welcome in College Town.

Replies are at the bottom

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Here it is, the main attraction. The University of Henderson's Palmdale Campus. With 41,495 undergraduate students and 12,732 (54,227 total), it's the second largest UofH campus in Henderson, after the Radiator Springs Campus (62,198 undergraduates, 100,021 total) For those of you who don't know or got confused in the last update, College Town is a district of Palmdale.

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These are the Toledo Dorms. After a shocking number of scholarship students reported being bullied by non-scholarship students, in 1990, the university introduced a system new to Henderson where only scholarship students can live in the Toledo Dorms. The average value of each unit of the Toledo Dorms is $2,450 rent/ $258,690 own.

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This is the Maya Building, a multipurpose building that is home to 20 permanent classes and 86 temporary/vocational classes.

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The Student Life Building (bottom), home to the Student Union, Campus Library, Toledo Cafeteria, Toledo Arcade, Kalone Gymnasium, Student Shopping Pavilion, and various classes.

The Palmdale Building (top), is one of the largest college buildings in Henderson, with 13 above ground buildings and 4 below ground floors, and 2.1 million square feet big. The Palmdale Building was built to make up for the 15 buildings that were demolished in order to make space for the College Town Mall.

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The College Town Mall. At 801,000 square feet and more than 100 stores, this mall can fit the needs of any college student.

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Here are some on campus apartments, these are almost fully occupied by non-scholarship students, who have to pay an average of $985 a month, noticeably higher than the city average of $711.

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This is University Park. In the winter, the park is home to multiple snowball fights almost every day, including the Annual Christmas Eve Snowball Fight, organized by the City of Palmdale. Since the first one in 1952, there has only been 5 years where there hasn't been enough snow on the ground to hold the snowball fight, and 16 years where there has been a snowfall during the snowball fight.

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The College Town Industrial Park. In 2013, the industrial park made up 42% of College Town's economy, and 10% of the city of Palmdale's economy.

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The College Town Business District. This was one of the three business district created in 2010 to satisfy Palmdale's desperate need for jobs and lower its peak unemployment rate of 18.3% at the time.

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Something Random I made...

Replies from Update 16

UndercoverNinja12- Thanks! And it always feels good to be first

tankmank- Thanks! It was something I've wanted to make for a while

burnzie_16- There is already a 4 lane avenue connecting them, and they are far too small for a freeway

SimRico- Thanks! And after all that's what a metropolitan area is!

dabadon5- Thanks!

Schriefer- Thanks!

Replies from Double Update Day Teaser

TowerDude- Yup sure is!

SimRico- Thanks! And one day it will!

Titanicbuff- Thanks! I love doing things like that!

tonyr- Thanks! And here it is!

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--PART OF THE DOUBLE DAY UPDATE SPECIAL--

--CAREFUL! LARGE PICTURES--

Weston Hills, a quiet rich city, with a bustling downtown area home to any regional headquarters, and even some world headquarters. With its expensive, yet peaceful homes, large playful parks, and beautiful mountain views from any point in the city, Weston Hills is the perfect suburb for any family. However, with its many offices home to big corporations, two super-regional malls, and busy ski resorts in the winter, Weston Hills has the worst traffic of any city below 50,000 in Henderson, with an average of 4.1 hours of gridlocked avenues a day. But even with its "big city in a small town" feel, Weston Hills continues to attract people from all over the rest of the Western World...

Replies are at the bottom

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Downtown Weston Hills. In this picture you can see multiple malls, offices, condos, apartments, and even the Weston Hills Plaza Mall, which serves not only the 27,000 residents of Weston Hills, but also 250,000 residents in the Palmdale Valley. In 2012 this mall became the most expensive mall in Henderson, which attracted even more upper class residents from the valley.

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A closeup of the Weston Tower Condos, the largest apartment in Weston Hills.

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Weston Avenue and Weston Hills Boulevard. Weston Hills High School (2,514 students) and the regional headquarters for Electronic Arts.

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Weston Hills Boulevard turns here and intersects with Angela Road. Many offices can be seen here, the most important one is the Henderson national headquarters for Motorola. Building with orange roof.

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Weston Hills homes on the gradual elevation decline near central Weston Hills.

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Mountain View Park. Tourists often come here to see the views of the surrounding mountains.

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A normal neighborhood.

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Some condos in Northwest Weston Hills.

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​Some new homes in the southern neighborhood of Weston Steps, named for its terraformed elevation resembling steps when looking on an elevation/contour map.

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The Hills Plaza Center, a 4 story, 550,000 square feet mall that serves the exact same area as the Weston Hills Plaza Mall. The two malls compete with each other, which leads to aggressive advertising. It is not uncommon for a commercial to air on Palmdale Valley tv stations with one of the malls directly attacking the other.

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This screenshot from Henderson Homes shows how expensive Weston Hills is. As you can see Simtropolis members SimRico and TitanicBuff have homes here.

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Another random something I made.

Replies from Update 16

UndercoverNinja12- Thanks! And it always feels good to be first

tankmank- Thanks! It was something I've wanted to make for a while

burnzie_16- There is already a 4 lane avenue connecting them, and they are far too small for a freeway

SimRico- Thanks! And after all that's what a metropolitan area is!

dabadon5- Thanks!

Schriefer- Thanks!

Replies from Double Update Day Teaser

TowerDude- Yup sure is!

SimRico- Thanks! And one day it will!

Titanicbuff- Thanks! I love doing things like that!

tonyr- Thanks! And here it is!

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Replies will be covered in the next update

College Town and Weston Hills. Many will turn their heads if one tries to compare the two. One is full of ambitious, yet lower class college students, who happen to dream to move to Weston Hills. The other is full of older, upper class residents, many of whom got their degrees from UofH in College Town. Some Weston Hills residents commute to College Town to educate the eager members of Generation Y, while some College Town residents commute to Weston Hills to assist the elderly. The two opposite worlds share a relationship stronger than most realize...

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