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This is my first City journal, though for now I'd call it a scrapbook. It remains gimmick free; no fancy formatting, photoshopping or storytelling until I get a more complete version to present. I've been playing Simcity for almost a decade and I've been steadily fattening my plugins folder over the last few years. I'm now at the point where I have enough content to work with to make a satisfyingly realistic city, as far the game permits.
So I present to you the Lisanroe region. Very much a work in progress but many hours have been spent on it none the less. As I download more and more and with the addition of the NAM, I have found myself rebuilding and revamping my city to make it more realistic and to fit in this new material.
This cross section of Troghera is the probably the largest chunk of completed city I have. It is inspired by industrial and inner city areas of New York and other N.E USA cities. (The blurred areas still have to be finished and I'll sort out the abandonment problem once I've finished this city.....I've just been dying to show the community what I've spend so many hours on!) The commercial area is at the top but I'll revamp it a little and sort out the abandoned buildings before I post any pictures of it.
Next up is the train station and transit hub. There are a lot of great terminal train stations in the STEX but I wanted a station that had a through line and would look good in a city centre. Southbury station fitted the bill perfectly. This station is the major hub for anyone commuting to Lisanroe Central which is the major city centre of this region (the four lines going to the top serve this function). The single line going to the bottom of the picture joins the coastal transport corridor which services the suburbs and ports and wider region. El rail users can transfer onto the ground rail network here, you can catch a bus, it's all catered for.
Here is the west end of Troghera, where residential, industry and major transport networks all fight for space. Troghera is built between a major river to the south and west and the sea to the north. The major transport networks servicing the ports, the wider region and the CBD to the south all come through Troghera so every bit of land has to be used efficiently:
And of course what New York inspired city is complete without some lovely housing projects? I live in Scotland, and Glasgow city is also well known for its housing projects such as the Gorbals and Red Road. I was walking through a big housing estate in Glasgow last week and I liked the design of it so I tried to incorporate some the elements of it here. Troghera is a built on a high bluff sloping down towards the coast and the river and we all know that slopes can be a nightmare to work with in Simcity. Projects are a nice way of counteracting this as you can cover the unsightly slopes with grass and trees rather than having higgledy piggeldy W2W buildings spilling down the hill. I've used the transport enabled bike path here to connect the buildings to the road networks. There are nicer and more modular paths I could have used but I wanted the paths to be functional like they are in real life:
And just two more close ups of the W2W rowhouses type neighborhood. A basic park for the locals to enjoy and some sporting facilities for the school kids. I will sort out the abandonment later; I had the taxes for the middle classes boosted up high so that the low wealth housing projects would build instead, but this probably forced out the middle class from their existing buidlings:
Final picture, just come mixed commercial and residential. Thanks to Goofy guy and Aaron Graham for bringing this neighbourhood to life....and countless others! You guys (BATers, LOTers, MODers, PROPers, texturers......) make outstanding work and I hope I have done it justice with my offerings here!