(background information provided in forum post)
Although there aren't many pictures of the city's beginning days, reports suggest that the city started with a few highways criss-crossing the region, as is typical of the mayor's habits. He crammed dirty industry in a corner and built out from there. Fast forward, and the region's slums gentrified into towering complexes. At some point, in lieu of subway lines to supplement the overloaded bus system and road network, he established the unprecedented elevated rail network to provide more space-saving techniques and reduce the massive congestion associated with large cities. Additionally, he built rail lines connecting to some neighboring cities and their industrial districts.
At this point, the entire region has 6.5 million residents total, with most of them crammed in the city's expansive and dense suburbs.
This is an overhead view of the region. The CBD is situated in the center, complete with a huge mass of skyscrapers and that massive one. To its left and right are the suburbs that supply the many office workers that commute to the CBD. They also contain huge commercial shopping complexes that are clustered in their city centers. Much of the CBD's garbage is disposed of here as well, thanks to the healthy tax revenue that the many residents provide. Farther out, massive industrial complexes that span kilometers flank the city core. Many of them are high-tech industries, although some of the older complexes are predominantly manufacturing industry.
This transportation map shows the expansive highway and railway network of the city. The blue represent the elevated rail, subway, and tram systems, and the red represent the ground rail. This network is far more expansive than that of Sigmar City.
An overhead view of Sigmar City CBD. This is where the city originally developed. Two major strips of offices line the riverbanks, one on each side, with miscellaneous residential restricts along the flanks. The huge residential housing on the lower side of the image was once the industrial powerhouse of the early city. At the left, the tallest building in the city, a four-kilometer giant, stands as the ultimate landmark.
A close-up of one of the borders between commercial and residential neighborhoods, showcasing the architectural diversity of the city.
The two prominent brown buildings are among the mayor's most favorite skyscrapers in the entire city. The mayor admires their imposing yet beautiful stature in his city's skyline.
A shot of the city's original CBD before it eventually encompassed the entire area. Here we see the greatest juxtaposition of skyscraper styles. Gothic and Art Deco skyscrapers stand side by side with gleaming glass giants of captivating geometry and architectural features. Note for example, the triangular building with the iconic green diamond. It is one of the most distinguished buildings of the city. On the left side you can find skyscrapers of older architectural styles.
A close-up of three buildings employing more antique architectural styles.
A close-up of some more modern buildings. Note the distinctive differences in window colors, from the bright blue to the yellow-greens, to the glaring whites.
A close-up of some more distinguished buildings, complete with colorful facades and authoritative auras over the illuminated streets below.
Switching gears here, this seaside neighborhood also contains a variety of architectural styles. From the gleaming blue skyscraper on the left to the classical red-white condos near the bottom, this still picture contains a dynamic palette of color and creation. It also shows the mayor's fantastically crafted elevated rail system, blending seamlessly and without aesthetic disruption.
The main sports complex of the city, with major and minor leagues alike flock to from outside the valley. They are conveniently situated next to the main university, whose smokestack can be seen on the bottom.
The highly gentrified neighborhood that once was the center of the city's dirty industry. Instead, towering apartment blocks and office buildings occupy the space that dirty factories once did. If you look closely on the left, you can see the antiquated city jail, which, judging by the amount of development nearby, has had no considerable effect on land value. Most of the people there probably committed white collar crimes so they can't immediately hurt you.
A close-up of one of the city's many elevated rail stations. One of the best investments the mayor has ever made.
Two luxury condominiums side by side. It must be so amazing to see both the river and the bridge right at your window.
A group of identical smaller luxury condominiums in the gentrified industrial district.
Finally, a time when "Twin Peak Towers" is actually an appropriate name. Those views must be spectacular. Plus, the elevated rail is right at your doorstep.
A close-up of the city's tram system. Although not as cool looking, it's been far more flexible than the elevated rail system. It isn't as widely developed, and resides mostly in the gentrified industrial district. But as the building-at-the-right's message says, the city transit authority has set its vision higher. There are plans to expand it further.
Not everyone in the city lives in some fancy condo. Here's a series of housing projects, housing the lower income residents.They're mostly safe to be around and live in, even at night. MOSTLY.
Can you say "cookie cutter housing" ? As talented and able as the city planners are, they're apparently too lazy to look for developers that don't believe in cookie cutter housing. Nevertheless, this is one of the city's middle class residences. Commuting out of there can be quite a hassle, even with the rail system.
This shows the complexity of the transportation system in the city. It weaves (mostly) cleanly throughout the many highways and roads and buildings that would otherwise block its path.
A busy railroad area of the city. Another major investment of the city was the introduction of passenger rail to subway transitioning. At last, both systems could be seamlessly connected via ways other than a straight up elevated rail to rail lot. Although, those were used later albeit with far less frequently. The rail system is one of the most used transit options both between city segments and within them.
Now where does the mayor live? Despite the grandeur of the development, he still lives in a humble mansion like his other mayors in SimNation. Well....
Not exactly. The mayor's house is part of a gigantic and technologically advanced complex with a ludicrously gigantic skyscraper at its center and a multi-leveled farm. It's suspected that the mayor's real establishment is that very skyscraper, with hundreds of floors and balconies, most of which serve no obvious utility. It is so huge that ground-level stabilizers are required to keep it still, with in themselves are powered by a complex underground machinery facility. Some people suspect that they are offices for the mayor's investors. But why would a small group of investors desire a tower 4 kilometers high just for their offices? The world may never know....and the thing is, there's talk of developing a complex of these towers in the southern suburb.
Equally mysterious is this industrial complex at the center of one of the riverbank sections. It looks like a communication array of incomprehensible function or purpose, although it's assumed to help the residents. Some suspect that this is a facility desired specifically for the demand of the mayor's secret investors.
A gift from one of the mayor's investors, this beautiful park with a fantastically sculpted metal statue overlooks the city as some great angel guardian. At the back, a small oriental themed sanctuary caters tourists.
A close-up of the statue. It has been the subject of numerous poems ranging from well-crafted stanzas to over-abstract, perplexing hipster interpretations.
But what of the suburbs and industrial districts? What do they look like?
Here is what one of them looks like. The main giants here are towering shopping malls and apartment blocks that seemingly stretch forever. Commuting here isn't fun, as thousands of cars pile on the highways and avenues. It doesn't help that the rail system is congested too. But hey, that's the consequence of holding over 2 million people. At least it hasn't driven the city to bankruptcy.
The suburbs have a noticeably higher amount of high wealth residences than the CBD for obvious reasons. This complex has four 5000 person condos right near each other! (aka Ong Condos).
Another line of seemingly well-developed complexes. The last residential street is full of luxury skyscrapers.
Behold! The industrial sector! One among many, these monotone flats contain thousands of high tech buildings that power the city's economy.
I guess you can go cookie cutter style with industry too. At least the buildings look nice.