fan o SC4: Beautiful countryside with such depressing yet real undertones, well done.
Thanks a bunch! I think we all know what it's a satire of .
Thanks! You're awesome!
dlsni: i like it a lot so far but im unsure whether you're planning to expand this town or not??? because those buildings seem really quite large for such a small/spread out town
Thanks! The town will expand over time. I realize the w2w buildings in Harding's central area are rather tall, as are the factories, but I was inspired by a small town I drove through one time in Alabama. It was a town of maybe 1,000 people (tiny!), and had some w2w shops/living space in it's center and a massive Jeep plant nearby. The w2w buildings in Harding are a tad bigger than those though... because the Batters didn't make very many short ploppable w2ws.
raynev1: For a first entry , this CJ is off to a great start . And you really broke the grid . Well done .
Thanks! Yeah, I sat around with the ol' NAM for a while and was like "I could make a sweet countryside with these FAR pieces..."
Well, here we are back in Harding, which is now mostly finished being created...
We've already seen the main square.... so let's branch out a bit, eh?
Founded in 1843, the Banks Family Farm is the oldest natural beer brewery, as well as the largest farm in Harding, followed closely by the James Family Farm. The two families really don't get along, and during the local 9th of June celebration event (independence of the country from overseas influence), the two families generally avoid each other, unless they feel like starting a drunken fight with roman candles.
The James Family Farm, which was founded in the 50's, grows whatever is most profitable at the time. This year, that happens to be wheat. They don't get along with the Banks Family, who they claim to be "old fashioned." The James family also states that the Banks Family Farm will fail since barely hasn't been a good source of simoleons in over 30 years.
Here we can see where the R-L1 Harding Siding reconnects with the R-L1 mainline, as well as a vacant dirt patch. The 3-lane road running north to south is Harding's Main Street.
There may be some truth to the James Family's statement that the Banks Family is old fashioned... if the families' boats are anything to go by. Both families love boating on Harding Lake, and it may not be a coincidence that all of the Banks Family's boats are sailboats. For the time being, nobody else boats on Harding Lake for fear of being caught up in the James/Banks feud.....
.....and instead walk around the Harding Lake Trail, which is a gravel path that goes around Harding Lake. It is surrounded by the magnificent trees of Phillips Forest, as well as an assortment of bushes and other wildlife.
This is a shot of Harding, facing east. Harding Lake is visible, as well as the James and Banks Family Farms. In addition, Harding Train Station and Carl's Cattle Ranch are visible.
Here we can see where the 3-lane Main Street ends at a small farmer's market at the northern edge of Harding. The ramp that sends traffic east on Sequoia Rd leads us to an overpass at I-201. On the other side of the overpass is.....
Grapeseed is one of the major suburbs at the outskirts of the Harding metro area. It specializes in boring houses that all look surprisingly similar, are poorly built, and are populated by people that make a living in Harding's businesses, yet have such disdain for the city they refuse to live there, send their children to school there, or pay any taxes to the city, despite the fact that they wear down its transit system.
Here we can see where Sequoia Rd intersects with Franklin Ave, a very wide 6-lane avenue that runs through the west side of Grapeseed. The image is just to the east of the overpass, which is why there are highway signs above the roads that give information about I-201 and where it will take you. Also visible here is Grapeseed Middle and High School, which is where all the Grapeseed students in grades 6-12 go. GMHS is part of the new municipal school district that the suburb formed when DCS (Davis City Schools) merged with VCS (Vagos County Schools) in attempt to "protect their children from the city people." Many citizens in Davis were baffled by this rude move. Besides GMHS, we can also see some big-box stores, including Kroger, Value City Department Store, Fashion Bug, and a pizza parlor.
In this shot, we can see the incredibly boring line of cookie-cutter houses..... until..... what's this? A house that's not the same? A house that has a different lot? A house that's more than 5 years old? WHAT? This house is old man Will's house. He once owned a fine farm - the largest in Harding. The greedy developers managed to dupe him into selling it all for a tiny price so they could build Grapeseed. All that remains is his house, which the neighbors despise. His neighbors constantly complain about it the house being "different." Says something about them, doesn't it? At least poor old man Will can shop at Old Navy if he really wanted some new clothes - then again, that probably won't cheer him up much.
The suburban sprawl... *sigh*...
Time for some Night Shots!
The lone factories are still running strong, even into the night...
Here is the second largest market in Harding, the Agrimart. Many of the farmers set up shops in the trailers of their 18 wheelers instead of paying the fee to open up shop in an actual market stall.
This overpass is the only other one in Harding besides the Sequoia Rd one. It is immensely busy with traffic, be it workers or trucks. The largest truck stop (small, eh?) in Harding also rests next to it.
We all know where people in Harding and Grapeseed eat - the McDonalds on Sequoia Rd.
The political billboard is for a candidate running for mayor in Grapeseed. He promises to bar anyone from the city of Davis from entering their "pristine town," as he puts it; he stands a strong chance of winning.
This strip mall is busy even at night - filled with mindless zombie teenagers born in the digital age.
Costco Wholesale has been pretty successful in Grapeseed, as the people there are lazy and don't want to go to the store every day. Costco remedies this by selling them products in gargantuan quantities.
Here are some large overview-type maps for you all...
I call what I did here a "Border Buster." The image is actually two tiles mashed together. I realize this is a "mosaic," and that is the proper name, but hey, who cares right? Heh...
This is a map of the major transportation routes. Simple, eh?
This is a map of the space Harding and Grapeseed take up. Grapeseed will, of course, expand farther to the East, but I have not founded those tiles yet.
Hope you enjoyed this long update!
Also, I will be out of town in a rural area for 2 weeks soon. I will likely have horrible internet there. I also won't have my large screen to work on my cities with (It'd be hard to work on them on a tiny 14" laptop screen!), and I'll be extremely busy. So, please expect nothing but a POSSIBLE teaser during that time frame.