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The Greater Bourbondy Area is a fictional region inspired by New Orleans and Paris.

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nbrookslee

The National Department of Transportation revealed a better system of transportation in order to make it easier for commuters to know where they are going traveling across the country. The federal government categorized the numbering of roads into four categories: national limited access highways, which will be reveal in future updates, national routes, state roads, and county roads or highways.

Soon after the federal government approved transportation, the city established BATA (Bourbondy Area Transit Authority). BATA provides major bus roads throughout the city and it's suburbs. BATA also owns the city's streetcars which was once owned by the Bourbondy Railroad Company.

Roads

In conjuction with the federal government, the local government released plans of numbered routes of the Greatear Bourbondy Area. There are three main categorized roads on the map below: the national routes, state highways/roads, and county highways/roads. Since the plans were enacted, major road construction increased all over the Greater Bourbondy Area.

Please click the map to see a better image.
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Bourbondy's first vehicle accessed bridge to cross the Bochit River, was built to carry Routes 27, 30, and 57. To the left of the bridge is major construction on the river, which will be revealed on the next update. The avenue parallel to the construction was LaSalle St. now LaSalle Dr. was recently widened and rerouted in a few parts of the city.
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This picture shows the view a little bit to left of the last picture. To the left of the bridge is major construction on the river, which will be revealed on the next update. The avenue parallel to the construction was LaSalle St. now LaSalle Dr. was recently widened and rerouted in a few parts of the city.
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BATA

This is Bourbondy first BATA system map showing bus routes and street car routes of the city. The network may change overtime as the city changes.

Please click map for a better image.
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nbrookslee

This city journal entry is an update of the entry, "City Proposals". On that entry, several projects were proposed, which included monuments, a museum, commericial zoning, a courthouse, a zoo, a park, a hospital, and and university. The projects that were proposed are now finished, and the city had an increase of tourists followed by a rise in population afterwards. People moved to the city because of the cleanliness of the parks, friendliness of the city and availibality of jobs. The hospital provided a boost in healthcare, while the university provided a future for the young adults of Bourbondy and surrounding area. Officials stated that the opening of the hospital and the university is just the beginning and will continue to expand in the future.

The museum (The Bourbondy Museum of Natural History) is not yet opened but completed since a few adjustments have to be done inside. The city council wrote an invitation letter to the leaders of West Oak to come to visit the grand opening of the museum and other landmarks of the city.     
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The monument, named "The William Reeves Monument", is across the street from the museum; it was named after the formal mayor who was an activist and later the president of the country.  
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The William Reeves Monument and The Bourbondy Museum of Natural History makes a nice addition to the city. musuemandmonument.jpg



The monument proposed at the roundabout is now a memoral to the victims of the yellow fever whom died in the past.
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An aerial view of all three.
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The Bourbondy County Courthouse
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The commercial zoned area has developed and is still continuing to develop.
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The city zoo and Dubois Parkway
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To the east of the zoo is Owen Park. It is one of the largest parks of the city.
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The lake is to the east of the park. The residents love to come to the park to feed the ducks and the occasional alligators that roam into the park.
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The University of Bourbondy provides exceptional education to young adults from Bourbondy and the surrounding area.
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This is the first hospital of this size built in Bourbondy. The president of the hospital would like to see the hospital expand into a complex buildings in the future.
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nbrookslee

This entry is an update to Bourbondy's Streetcar Phase 1 and some transportation pictures I've decided to include since I only had a pictures I wanted to post.

Bourbondy's Streetcars Phase 2


Bourbondy's Streetcars Phase 2 focuses only on the expansion of the rail lines to the west of downtown, into South Bourbondy, and East Bank. City officials decided that the rails should be connected to West Bank since most of the area is residential zoned. They looking at plans to build a bridge closer to downtown, but it would have to include the reworking of street and the demolition of building in order to create a smooth slope transition to the bridge. Instead, they have decided to build a tunnel underneath the Bochit River in order to connect downtown the East Bank. It was completed in a few years.

The picture below is a map of phase 1, which I've forgot to include on previous update of Bourbondy's Streetcar Phase 1. The purple lines are the streetcar routes.

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The map of Phase 2. The purple lines in this map also indicates the streetcar routes. The broken line on the river indicates the tunnel.
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The entrance of the tunnel is north of downtown.
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Other Transportation Related Pictures:   



A map of downtown below show the city's transportation network, street names, etc. The red lines are the streetcar routes, the ligher red line is the tunnel, the gray lines are streets and avenues, and the black lines are railroads. The yellow area is the Parisian District; the oldest streets were laid out in the district, which consists of historic buildings. The city code states that no modern styled buildings and skyscrapers of any kind is to be built in the area; and it states the preservation of most buildings. The green areas are parks. 

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A railroad bridge goes over Cole Park, which provides a connection to the east.   
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nbrookslee

City Proposals 1

The city has proposed several projects to improve the growing city. These projects will beautify the city to attrack tourists, improve civics and the economy. These are just the beginning of more proposals that will be be revealed in a future update. You will also see the finished projects in a future update.

The blue area will be zoned for commercial use, and the orange area will be the courthouse
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The city council has agreed that it's time to improve health in the city. They have approved of plans to build a hospital in the red area. 
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These pictures consist of three improvements. The red area will be a museum, and across the street in the yellow area there will be a monumental park. The blue area will also be a monument fitted inside the roundabout.
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Bordering South Bourbondy, a park and zoo will be built in the area where the lake is located in the picture.
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Site of the future university
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nbrookslee

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By improving transportation, the city decided to build light rail and install streetcars. They are electric powered, therefore clean and do not emit exhust fumes. The streetcars run along through the main streets of the city and some neighborhoods. Phase 1 out of 2 of the plan is completed. The streetcar rails may continue to expand, but time will tell. The streetcars are one of the steps to Bourbondy's transportation plan, which will change throughout the future.

King Boulevard was repaved and the streetcar rail was constructed in the median.

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Closer view of a streetcar

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The streetcar rails passes through some elegent mansions.

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Streetcar rails by cemetry

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Employees of the Brewery can commute to work by the streetcar

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nbrookslee

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The invention of the steamship was innovational feat and was common sailing rivers in the 19th century. Just as the railroad created an economic boom in Bourbondy, so did the steamboat. Now products and people can get to their destinations quicker up and down the Bochit River. The people of Bourbondy loved the steamboats and they decides to operate cruise lines.

Cargo is ready to be loaded into the Annabellein. Thanks Pegasus for the boat! You just don't find much steamboats to download.

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A steamer on the river

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The Annabellelin and the Spirit of the River        

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nbrookslee

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Since the railroad has come into town, the region has been growing a little bit faster. People now have a faster way to travel in and out to the region, and the industry has benefited since the building of the railroads. Because of the economic growth is the first laid railroad route, the city council decided to expand the railroad system around the city. Also they have approved the Grand Central Station, which will accomodate the increasing train commuters.

Railroad Map

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Grand Central Station

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Northbound train arrives at the station to pick up and drop off passengers

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Train just left the central station

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nbrookslee

The region's first railroad was constructed in 1846 and it contiued to expand in the 19th century. The railroad was an opportunity for population and economic growth in the city. The railroad transfers cargo from the Bochit River to other cities and towns throughtout the nation. Since the railroad, the city has experienced tremendous population growth.

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Construction in Bourbondy has began
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Railroad bridge crosses Bayou Napoleon
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Bourbondy's first bridge to cross the Bochit River is a railroad bridge
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nbrookslee

The region has develop for quite some time and new towns were founded in the are. The new towns include East Bank, South Bourbondy, Cypress Grove, Louma, Lakeland, Clairbourne, Henrietta, Oak Springs, and Ladue.

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Towns


South Bourbondy. Bayou Napoleon goes through this town
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East Bank
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Cypress Grove
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Louma 
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Lakeland
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Clairbourne
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Henrietta
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Oak Springs, Ladue and other new towns will be featured in a future update.

nbrookslee

Bourbondy's Landmarks

Statue of former president riding his horse

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The basilica and the statue. The streets surrounding the basilica were moved around to fit the building as it was being built.

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The Cemetery

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Roy Building

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The Mayor's Palace

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The Governor's Palace

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The Brewery

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The Spanish Fort, abandoned for years, surrounding by forest growth. You can see the brewery building at the lower right-hand corner.

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A family owned residence building at the upper portion of the picture

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A civic building on King Blvd

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nbrookslee

 

Bourbondy has suffered a devastating event in its history. The whole city of Bourbondy was on fire, which left hundreds homeless. Officials said that the residents spotted smoke coming out of a stable. Someone had left their lamp on in the stable to check on the horses before dawn. A horse probably kicked the lamp over causing the fire. Because the fire was fueled by the dry hay, it spread quickly. There was nothing the residents could do to control it. Also, because of a usual drought the fire quickly spread southwest to northeast in the direction of the wind from building to building. Virtually 80 percent of the buildings were destroyed. Officials have now planned to update the building code, required building made from brick or stone to create a shield to keep fire from spreading to quickly. Other undamaged buildings were demolished due to fire hazards within Bourbondy's city limits except Bourbondy's White House and the kilns building.

The burning city of Bourbondy

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Several decades have passed. Bourbondy have entered from the 18th century into the 19th century, and the city is prospering as if the fire has not occurred. Bourbondy has expanded to the south, east, and north, doubling the population.

 

The Streets of the Recovered Bourbondy

An old fashioned photo of King Boulevard, one of the busiest streets of Bourbondy

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A Sunday morning on King Boulevard

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A neighborhood

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The pictures below are then and now pictures of the city before and after the changes

Then picture of kilns building

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Now

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Then picture of Bourbondy's White House

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Now

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Then picture of an aerial view

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Now

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nbrookslee

Finally, I'm able to make progress of my city after reinstalling Simcity 4 and accidentally deleting my region. Oops. It was a long story. Luckily, I made an earlier copy of the region. However, I had to redo the flora, buildings, etc. Now let's continue with the city journal.

Several years have passed since the Spanish Fort, now named Fort Arce was built. Settlers began to camp next to the planned city of Bourbondy. The new city was under the direction of Jean-Pierre Dubois, which suggested that the first phase of the city will be shaped as a square. His plan of the city was to be a major trading city due to it's location at the Bochit River and the Gulf of Andreas. Officials suggested that the city be fortified with walls to order to better protect the city. Dubois planned that Bourbondy will have a green space with palm trees and later a central church and parks to beautify the city and to keep the residents happy. The City Hall was planned to be built on LaFayette street.

Workers and directors camp near the planned city
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The city layout
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After the streets were laid out, lots were sold quickly. Everyone near the region wanted to move into the new city. Buildings were being built, and trading companies moved to the city. Several stores were opened to the public and the city first industrial building was built to create more jobs.


The young city of Bourbondy
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Bourbondy's most expensive building
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Bourbondy's first industrial building
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The farm life on the outskirts of Bourbondy
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Bourbondy gets it's cobblestone paved streets
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On the next update, you will see expansion and a disaster. How will Bourbondy be affected? Stay tuned to the next update.


nbrookslee

Introduction

 

Welcome to Greater Bourbondy Area. Bourbondy is a fictional city/region and was inspired by the city of New Orleans and the Mississippi Delta. Bourbondy was named after Bourbon Street. This is my first city journal ever. After playing Simcity 4 for a couple of years I decide to start new and finally post a city journal. I've decided to go through time stages of the region from past to future. Stay tuned.

Regional Map

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Brief History

The first settlement of the area was a Spanish fort build in the early 18th century. The fort was built due to tension over territory and rebellious natives. Later the fort was abandoned. French settlers moved to the site and fur traders traded up and down the Bochit River, which became a major trading route. They made peace with the Natives and traded with them. The city of Bourbondy, which we will later see in the journal, was founded in 1720. The fort was once again used again to store and secure supplies, and later razed since it was excluded from the plans of the city. The Natives assimalated into the region and the rest of the nation and English speaking settlers gained control of the city.

Early dated map

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Spanish Fort

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Geography

The Greater Bourbondy Area has low elevation, many swamps, marshlands, and bayous. The main river is the Bochit River. The region is situated at the upper Bochit Delta in which the river flows out a gulf. The highest point of the area is St. Charles Hill located next to Lake Girard. The lowest point is the Bochit River.

Bayou emptying into the Bochit River

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Swamps and wetlands are home to alligators in the area

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Climate

The region is humid sub-tropical with very mild winters and rarely goes below freezing. The summers are hot and humid. The average rainfall is 65 inches annually. Hurricanes are common in the area. Tornados occur occasionally.

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