Entry 6: Going vertical
Well as you've probably guessed today were going to revisit the city of Sinato and its surrounds after its a seen a large amount of recent vertical growth. With the decision made to house the immigrants flowing into the country into higher buildings rather than continuing to spreading outwards we take a look at some of that vertical growth today in this entry.
Jumping straight in we'll take a look at overview of the city as it currently stands and then take a closer look at some of the areas that you'll find in it.
As you can see there are now areas where large housing blocks have taken over as a more efficient means of housing the growing populace of the city. As such areas like these are now commonly popping up as the population continues to grow, where a small communal park is slowly surrounded by tall buildings. As you can see though not all of these new buildings are overly tall, but they can all pack in more families than the old single and two storey houses used too.
Also due to the terraced nature of the city you can now see strips of commercial premises sepperated, in this case form housing, by the terraces creating several of these wide boulevard streets in the city, all providing small amounts of relaxation in a increasingly noisy and busy city.
Despite the large population gain on the island as we now hit 20,000 citizens and the focus of this entry on vertical growth not all of it has been so. Despite the growth in the centre of the city largely allowing the majority of people who lived in the low wealth places like Campton to move into housing tenements the newer residents of the island are still filling the vacated properties and even spreading outwards. Like can be seen here, this time though on the eastern side of the city rather than Cmapton itself. Although these are still small homes for families as you can see they have been improved from the old shacks that used to populate this area (and also Campton now that the sewage outlets have been removed form the shoreline there).
They do still have the close knit and confined feel though with all the narrow and muddy streets which as you can see is causing slight issues with access especially for the emergency services.
Meanwhile other knock on effects of a growing population and city centre has been felt in other towns, more so in Garinto than anywhere else. Previously a quiet village on the edge of the city near Campton, it has now been used as the site of a strip mall funded by the government to boost commerce in the growing city, with the main building being the large mall you can see at the front of this picture.
Other than this there has been some small growth in the various settlements around the region as well as a few new ones springing up. Mostly though like the large amount of growth that has occurred in Sinato this has occurred in the larger settlements such as Jintara (shown here) and Lafeyette.
All this growth however has led to several rising issues the most prominent being the growth of traffic on the roads, mainly the motorway into the city which has led to this rather odd interchange/ termination of the motorway outside the city.
Now although this looks fine at the moment it does have its spikes of tailback and its not going to be long before traffic starts to build up in the centre of the actual city. As such there are currently ongoing talks regarding the creation of a through city highway, though these are pretty early stage at the moment so we don't actually have any solid information on them for the time being so instead lets finish this entry with a overview of what the island currently looks like.