Roman_Samudra: Thanks! I like to try and keep my RHW junctions as compact as possible and that's a nice simple solution for a fork that still keeps smooth curves.
fdjw0808: Haha I can appreciate that, it's taken me a long while to drop the Maxis and fully embrace the NAM but I'm more of a fan of Symphony now we have that, it's just so much easier to use. That said, the flexibility of the RHW is incredible. The hard part is just making it look good!
Kim Sunwoo: Thanks! Wanted to try and create residential areas that weren't too grid-based without spending massive amounts of time on them. Haven't turned out too bad, think there's room for improvement though
michae95l: Thank you! Yep, I'll continue to fly the flag for SC4 for a long while yet - my Vista laptop struggles with this, let alone Skylines which would be unplayable if I was even able to install it!
Major from Bajor: Thanks - I do like to fill in the gaps between developments and also any open areas with trees. I sometimes go a bit overkill with it so I need to try and remember that open areas are good too!
Titanicbuff: Thanks dude
Right then, it's all change for the latest entry in this CJ. We're heading north away from St. Alexander, to one of the two big cities in the country - Solcross.
It's still only half-built as yet so you'll notice unfinished parts and open areas that need to be filled. It'll all be done in due course - for now feast your eyes on my progress so far! And before we go any further, may I apologise for forgetting to turn the grid off! Rookie error!
An Introduction to Solcross
The Democratic Republic of Bastutoland
As I've pointed out, Solcross is one of the two major urban centres in Bastutoland. It is a hive of activity, as an important industrial centre and also a financial hub for the region. High rises mix with rows of apartments and the sprawl of suburbia. The city's airport whisks the white collar C-suite execs to and from their business meetings whilst motorways full of cars and trucks encircle and cross the city, the arteries pumping life into this metropolis.
When visiting Solcross, it's defining feature is it's network of canals. Historically these served the many factories and warehouses of the city, transporting large volumes of goods by water to the river that feeds into Lake Garde to the north, and from there to the rest of the country. For the past few decades however, as heavy industry died away and was relocated away from the centre, the waterways have been unused and fell into decay and disrepair.
A massive project to revitalise the city's canals was taken up by the city council which breathed new life into its Historic Quarter which is now a hub of high-end retail and office space as well as being home to the city's renowned university.
At one end of the canal network lies the local government administration buildings and city council offices. Whilst Solcross is the larger of the two main urban areas (the other being New Bartholomew), the national government and King's palace are not located here. New Bartholomew remains the administrative centre of the country despite being smaller. Solcross' government buildings face onto the popular King Anthony Park where there has been an open space maintained for the public since the country's founding by Anthony Bastuto over five centuries ago.
Solcross Central Station lies to the east of the Historic Quarter and is one of the principal rail termini in the country. Lines from all directions converge on this point with thousands of passengers passing through it every day. Limited by the confines of the canal network, it isn't perfectly central to the city but a comprehensive subway network links it to all the major areas of the city. The park adjacent to it is another popular relaxation area.
The main financial and office space area of the city is to the south of the government buildings, an area known as Middle Borough. This area of the city is somewhat newer than the older areas around the canal network, and as such as been less constricted by the layout of the canals and more relaxed planning regulations as fewer historical buildings and points of interest are found here. Consequently many new high-rises have been built to accommodate the demand for high quality office space as well as a lot of modern apartments to house the people working in them.
Wide tree-lined boulevards with parking either side of them characterise the main streets in Middle Borough.
One of the main roads into the area from the Spine Road - the M45 motorway running through the city - enters through the New Gate. The gate is made up of two white columns which together make up the monument which honours fallen Bastutoland soldiers in one of the many conflicts it has endured with its neighbours - the Winter War - a bitter conflict lasting three months between Bastutoland and Gaulmark over a disputed island.
The road's junction with the Spine Road is a parclo/dumbell-style interchange. This has been necessitated by the close proximity of junctions all the way down the Spine Road as it serves different areas of the city. We'll explore it in more detail another time!
I'll call it a day on this update then, as you can see, plenty has been done in Solcross but there's still an awful lot to cover considering this is a large city tile that needs filling! Lots still show you too so expect another update in the next couple of days, and once again, sorry for forgetting to turn the grid off!!
Thanks for reading!