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A region of cities built up and along the shore..

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jiffy427

New Troyes

I know it's been quite some time since I have updated but I thought I would give a (sort of) quick teaser of what I'm working on..

The City of New Troyes is located along the banks of the Moselle River which connects the Minnehaha River to the ocean. New Troyes is the largest city in the country and the capital of the western region. The city has a highly developed and historical downtown with world class hotels and restaurant, grand museums and institutes of education, and is home to large venues and plazas. The western region was originally settled by the french so the french language and culture has a heavy influence on the city. The city is one of the largest french speaking cities in the world, with a population of 4.3 million.

Here are some pictures of the downtown area:

One of the city's tallest buildings, located on Rue Saint Louise, is home to several international banks and finance offices.

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The main financial district, the old and the new mix here, but it seems the city is switching the brick and stone for steel and glass

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Some medium rise apartments and offices located near the river

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Wealthy condominiums built along the west side of downtown

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The Milton Venue and New Troyes convention center

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The heart of downtown

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More to come!!!

jiffy427

Blaine: Part 2

Let's take a look at what else Blaine has to offer

Blaine highschool, one of the larger highschools in the area, is very well known for it's hockey team and really nothing else..

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Some homes built along highway 65 and Radisson road

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Century Bank Tower, an office building where some of the city's executives work

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Some of the shops build up along 109th avenue

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A shopping center near the Nation Sports Center

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CBD built up along Radisson Road

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The National Sports Center Fields

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The intersection of HWY 65 (Central Avenue) and Radisson Road

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The Sanctuary Neighborhood between Radisson Road and Central Avenue

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HWY 65

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Even more to come!

jiffy427

Blaine: Part 1

Blaine is the most northern major suburban area in the Brainerd Metro. Blaine boasts the Nation Sports Center which hosts sporting events that draw in people from around the world. Blaine is also home to a world class golf course and is a shopping hub for people living on the outskirts of the Metro Area. Today we will be taking look a the Golf Course and the neighborhoods surrounding it.

High and Medium wealth single family homes dominate the area and most have forested lots or views of the golf course or the many ponds. Some condos take up a portion of the neighborhood that you can see in the bottom left corner

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Hole #9 and the surrounding homes

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The South East corner neighborhood called "Amen Corner" and a small CBD

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The Club House and "The Pinnacle" neighborhood

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The Condos and a small shopping area and clinic

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Nassau Circle, a medium wealth neighborhood

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Kenyon Court, a medium-high wealth neighborhood

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Shopping area

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112th Circle and Nassau Circle

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The course and club house

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This is based off the neighborhood were I live and it was really fun to make so I hope you guys like it!

jiffy427

Inverness

Inverness is a medium to high wealth suburban city located south of the Loring River on the eastern side of Highway 45-W opposite of Andover. Inverness has a population of about 37,500 people and is home to some of the region's wealthiest residents. Well known for it's excellent shopping, wonderful hospitals, amazing schools, and lovely tree lined streets, it is no wonder as to why the richest of the rich are attracted to here. The city also gives a nice quiet suburban feel even though it is only a few minutes drive from Airport and Downtown Brainerd. Inverness is a beautiful suburban neighborhood without giving up urban amenities.

Updated Maps of the region so far and the road system

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Some of the shopping centers

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HWY 45-E right as the sun rises

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Some of the wealthiest homes built along the Loring River (tried to tilt-shift didn't go exactly as planned)

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A bright and sunny day in the neighborhoods surrounding Inverness Central High School (Just out of sight in the top left corner)

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The sun starts to set on a hot and hazy summer day

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Bright lights surrounding the interchange from 45-E to Hatchner University

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The Interchange across the Loring River

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Very early in the morning

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More coming soon..

(First time trying photo-editing, might have gone a bit overboard :P)

Replies:

47ply: Thanks, I really liked how they looked, and they're probably one of my favorite street textures!

Michae95l: Thanks, nice to know you like it!

Ln X: Already replied to you, but thanks for the advice!

Mymyjp: Thank you! Means a lot!

jiffy427

Hatchner University

Located in the suburban city of Mendota, Hatchner University is one of the most well respected private universities in the region. Hatchner university is a leader in research in medicine, engineering, and computer sciences, and is also home to the famous Hatchner School of Law and Langdon School of Business. The university has 14,572 undergraduate students, and 11,025 postgraduate students for a total student body of 25,597. The university is very exclusive with a 9.4% acceptance rate. The Hatchner University Red Hawks are also very well known for their athletics. Especially their Swim, Soccer, Football, and Baseball teams.

An overview of the campus and surrounding areas

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The original campus and central mall

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Business area where the majority of students shop and work

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The new section of the University

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The University Hospital and behind it the Medical Research Facility

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Some of the nicer student housing, and fraternities/sororities

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Some stores, student housing, and the Hatchner School of Law

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The Red Hawks Stadium

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The Phillipson, Mayfield, and Althoff dormitories

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Hotels for visiting families and friends to stay in

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The Harbor Center for Engineering

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Mark J. Sheppard Aquatic Center

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Schools of Arts, Journalism, Nursing, and Teaching

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The new School of Business (modern glass building) standing next to the original Langdon School of Business (Older building on the corner)

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Wells Fargo Field

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The Melton Clocktower and home of the university newspaper; Red Hawk Daily

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Replies:

Mymyjp: Thanks for all the comments I really appreciate it!!

Schulmanator: Thanks! Not sure if you would want to golf with me, I'm pretty terrible at it!

jiffy427

Suburbs

Mendota is to the north of Andover and has a wide variety of businesses, colleges, and home types. The neighborhoods closest to the industrial area are mostly low-wealth apartments and houses, while the medium and high-wealth residences dominate the northern part of town. Mendota is known for it's excellent shopping areas, small business districts, and one of the region's largest universities, Hatchner University.

Southside of Mendota

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Business district towards southern Mendota

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Medium and High wealth condos

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The Mendota Country Club, known for it's excellent golf, amazing food, and great atmosphere

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Lovely condos and single-family homes along the Minehaha River

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Gorgeous homes at the bottom of the mountain

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More suburban sprawl

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Interchange and Mendota Mall

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More suburbs

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To be continued...

jiffy427

Industrial Area

Today we will be taking a look at the industrial city Andover

Map of Brainerd and the surrounding area so far.. Downtown Brainerd is pretty easy to find, to the northwest where the two rivers meet is Andover, an industrial inner suburb. The only other developed area so far is the suburban city of Mendota which is just north of Andover.

(I should probably mention the map I'm using, the incredible map "The Ring of Fire" by Blunder)

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The Andover railyard located adjacent to Union Station. This rail hub takes in hundreds of thousands of commuters and travelers annually from nearby towns and cities across the nation.

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More factories

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Some of the larger warehouses

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The Lower Minnehaha Power Plant provides power to not only the Brainerd Metro but also the majority of the southern river valley.

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The not so lovely apartments of Andover

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More to come..

jiffy427

A trip around town...

For my second entry I'm just going to add a couple of photos of the area surrounding downtown Brainerd

Overview:

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Suburban office area

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Lakeside suburbs

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Southern Industrial Area

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Urban Suburbs

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Apartments along the river

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Apartments west of downtown

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Suburbs by the airport

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Houses along the mountain

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Low wealth suburbs

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Interchange west of downtown

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Suburbs

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More Suburbs

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Some industry and low wealth apartments

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Downtown lakefront

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Some mid-rise offices and apartments just south of the CBD

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Summit Ave. which provides unobstructed views of the entire city, lake, and the surrounding mountains

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More low wealth suburbs

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Standard suburbia

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Nicer homes west of the highway

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Homes in the southwestern corner of Brainerd near Summit Ave.

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Again, looking for advice and what I can do to improve!!!

jiffy427

Introduction

I just got into simcity 4 a couple of weeks ago, and I've been playing around a lot and I think I have finally come up with a city that I'm proud of. Just today I basically finished the main city in my region, Brainerd. I haven't finished all of the suburbs or anything but for me this pretty good, even though it's nothing compared to what I've seen other people build. So a little info about Brainerd and the surrounding area

Brainerd is the capital and center of commerce, culture, media, finance, and education for the Minnehaha River Valley region. Brainerd was founded in 1795 as an important hub for fur trade, lumber, agriculture, and as a strategic location to be a place of safety for the stream of settlers making their way into the interior of the country (Name tbd). Over the past two centuries, the city has grown immensely and has emerged as a global market place and center of trade due to it's central location and close proximity to several rivers. Brainerd is located on the southern tip of the Minnehaha Region where it is built around the northern edge of Lake Minnetrista where the Minnehaha rivers opens up into the lake. Brainerd has also become a popular tourist destination for several reasons including it's fantastic hotels and resorts, peaceful wooded lake shores and beaches, strong presence in the entertainment industry, and the breathtaking mountains that tower over the lake and skyline.

To give you an idea of what I have done so far I included some photos of the Downtown and surrounding areas, enjoy!

Overview of the Brainerd's Downtown and the surrounding areas

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Another angle

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Night shot (not as nice as I would like)

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A medium density suburb across the river from the airport and industrial area:

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Midtown (Southwest of Downtown)

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Small cluster of hotels and office buildings just south of downtown Brainerd

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A residential area north of downtown

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Uptown Brainerd, a little to the north of the city center

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The city's CBD

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A new and modern financial district that has been build up within the last decade to the west of downtown

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Downtown once again

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Please tell me what you think of it so far and what I can do to improve the city or the journal itself. I'm kind of brand new to this and I would love to get as much as advice as possible!!

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