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A reformatted version of the default SimCity region Fairview, with the region reterraformed and city borders resized. A region I have played off-and-on, it is the subject of my first...

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SteveMSim

Since the previous entry on Mountainview Lakes, there has been a few changes.  The city now has a population of 20,000, the second city in Fairview to reach that mark.  Other changes are documented below:

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Two Lakes University has grown as well, and is now the center of a new Education District, with schools, museums, and a library located around it.  Most of the remaining vacant land is reserved for future expansion of the Education District.  In the lower right of the above picture, a canal now connects Minot and Ambassador Lakes.

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The rising price of gold has led to the reopening of an old gold mine on the north slopes of the Capp Mountains.  The mine has been modernized and a railroad line extended to serve the mine.  The mine is operated by Landgraab Industries.

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A radio station now transmits from Mount Pleasant.  I located the station on the mountain because RL cities in mountainous regions have their television and radio transmission towers atop mountains.  I also replaced the Maxis deciduous forest with more realistic conifers since I want the mountain forests to resemble a Rocky Mountain forest.  I do not like how the game terraformer places the type of trees in certain terrain.  In the real world, high mountain forests are populated with conifers, not deciduous trees.

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Backroads and trails are being laid in the Capp Mountains.  This is a fuel dump in the woods.

This concludes the update.

SteveMSim

As mentioned in the page about Claiborne, the city's airfield had reached capacity.  A site for a larger airport had been proposed in the South Side Industrial District.  There had been opposition for the site, mainly from the industrial businesses that would be affected and from some residents near the proposed site.  But after a couple years of wrangling, construction of the new airport is on.

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As shown above, part of the South Side Industrial District has been cleared.  An entire block of commercial businesses, including a Publix supermarket, also had to be cleared to make way for the new airport.  A picture of the site before the demolition is in the first Claiborne page.

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Shortly after the new airport's site was cleared, the old airfield was torn down.  Its site has been rezoned for the industrial businesses displaced by the new airport.  The businesses should fit in since the old airport was by an existing industrial park and the Claiborne Research Institute, in center of picture.

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Soon afterward, new high-tech industrial businesses appeared.  This has benefitted Claiborne's air, because a good part of the businesses demolished at the new airport's site were dirty industry.  These businesses also benefit from being close to mass transit.

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Above is the new Claiborne Municipal Airport.

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The entire city has benefitted from the new airport.  A new round of growth is giving neighborhoods an urban look as townhouses and apartments are constructed.

That bot is a result of the GLR stop cutting off road access from the lot.  The streetcar line was laid down when this neighborhood still had low density zoning.

This concludes this entry to the Fairview CJ.

SteveMSim

Berlin Harbor

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Berlin Harbor is the newest city in Fairview.  Berlin Harbor is currently a bedroom community, with residents commuting to Mountainview Lakes and Wildwood Island for jobs.  Berlin Harbor occupies the western half of a peninsula and the northeast part of Bluewater Island in northern Fairview.  The built-up section of Berlin Harbor occupies the southern part of the peninsula with a bridge to Bluewater Island, still undeveloped.  The mayor of Berlin Harbor is Jerry Bell.

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Above is the southeast corner of Berlin Harbor, where the city began.  Berlin Harbor began at the corner because of the proximity to the industrial districts of Mountainview Lakes and Wildwood Island.  A railroad crossing and the 640 freeway was already in place, providing convenient transportation to the neighbors.  A few commercial businesses has appeared along the city border and by the 640 interchange.

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Above, a section of Berlin Harbor north of the railroad crossing.  Berlin Harbor's growth so far has been along the border with Mountainview Lakes.  Part of the Fairview and Northern Railroad tracks have been elevated to reduce the number of grade crossings through town.

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Above, the neighborhood on Gump Mountain.  Gump Mountain is situated to the northwest of the previous picture, providing a challenge to developers.  The developers have answered the challenge and Berlin Harbor's newest neighborhood is appearing on the mountain.

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Bluewater Channel and the Bluewater Channel Bridge.  Bluewater Channel separates Bluewater Island from the mainland.  The Bluewater Channel Bridge carries the 640 Freeway across the channel but ends as soon as it reaches the island.   Development has yet to reach the island.

This completes the tour of the cities of Fairview.  While Fairview is platted for ten cities, the site of the tenth city, on Fairview's northwest corner, is currently unincorporated and unnamed.  An announcement will be made when the city is incorporated.  This journal will now track the progress of Fairview and its cities.

SteveMSim

Wildwood Island

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Wildwood Island is located in the western half of Fairview.  The city of Wildwood Island encompasses several islands in the Fairview Bays area.  The namesake island is the most developed island, which is where the city also started.  Development has started on Bluewater Island but much of the rest of the land remains undeveloped, giving Wildwood Island an opportunity for continued growth for years to come.

Wildwood Island borders more cities than any other one in Fairview.  Wildwood Island has land links to all but Mountainview Lakes, where ferries connect both cities.  Wildwood Island's location positions it to become the urban center of Fairview.

The mayor of Wildwood Island is Brandy Fulkerson, a friend of Claiborne's Angela Pleasant.

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Above, a view of the east end of Wildwood Island's namesake island, the most developed part of the city.  Development has climbed up East Pleasantview Mountain as well as spreading to the south of it.

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Above, the neighborhoods to the south of Pleasantview Mountain.  Because of the links to Claiborne and Stratford to the south, Wildwood Island's growth, which began on the east end, first spread this way.

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Autumn in Pleasantview Heights.  Pleasantview Heights is built on East Pleasantview Mountain, providing residents scenic views.

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The overlook on Pleasantview Heights.  The overlook is below the top of East Pleasantview Mountain and predates the neighborhood, accounting for houses above it.  A statue of the mayor is at the overlook.

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The new business district on Bluewater Island.  Wildwood Island had no central business district in its early years; instead, commercial development was located mostly on avenue corridors.  A new centralized business district was built to fill the void in the city's development. 

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City Hall in the business district.  When it was time to build Wildwood Island's city hall, development of the business district had begun, so City Hall was located there.  The City Hall is situated on the southeast corner of Bluewater Island.

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Light Rail in the business district.  With only one rail line in Wildwood Island at the time, a railroad that runs along the north side of Wildwood Island itself, it wasdecided that mass transit needs in the business district and the surrounding neighborhoods would be met by GLR.  The light rial line makes a loop through the business district.

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Jacquet Hill and Beaker Mountain.  Jacquet Hill and Beaker Mountain, on the northeast side of Bluewater Island, are a couple of old, inactive volcanoes, the only evidence of recent (in the geologic sense) volcanic activity in Fairview.  The volcanoes have not been active for thousands of years, and scientists say there is very little chance of renewed vocanic activity in the area.

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Harbor pier in the northeast industrial district.  Across a narrow strait from Beaker Mountain, on the edge of a peninsula that links the city to Mountainview Lakes and Berlin Harbor, is a new industrial district and the location of Wildwood Island's only seaport.

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The undeveloped frontier of Wildwood Island.  This view is looking west from over Bluewater Island, showing the expanse of undeveloped land in the city.  Mount Swathmore, the highest point in the city, is near the bottom center.

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New Year's fireworks.  This concludes the tour of the city of Wildwood Island.

Next up: Berlin Harbor.

SteveMSim

Mountainview Lakes

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Mountainview Lakes, located in the northeast corner of Fairview, is the largest city by land area.  A mjor portion of Mountainview Lakes, however, is mountainous and some land is within Capp Mountains National Park, so developable land is limited.  What has been built is a sprawling city below the Capp Mountains and a large industrial district across Ambassador Lake, actually an arm of the Fairview Bays.  Military bases and the Fairview State Penitentary are located around the industrial area.  Lake Minot occupies the northeast corner of the city. 

The Mayor of Mountainview Lakes is Sarah Rosenthal, who at age 19, is the youngest mayor in the city's history and the youngest mayor in the Fairview region.  Sarah is also the first Jewish mayor of a city which a large portion of the population is Christian.  Sarah Rosenthal is also a student at Two Lakes University.

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Above is the heart of Mountainview Lakes a few years back.  Saints Barbara and Michael Churches dominate the city view here.  Several mid-rise buildings have since risen in the area but the churches' steeples still dominate the skyline.  The avenue roundabout has also since been landscaped.

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The Capp Mountains are the largest natural feature of Mountainview Lakes.  Much of the mountain range is within Capp Mountains National Park, which its resort hotel can be seen at bottom center.  Most of the mountains' forests were cut down but have been growing back.  Plans are for more recreational development, including hiking trails to the mountains' summits.

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At another end of Capp Mountains National Park is Camp Monty.  Camp Monty is a recreational campground that also contains a summer camp for children.  Since Camp Monty is on the edge of the national park, residential development has occurred across the street.

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Cutting through the Capp Mountains is a valley named Bella Gulch.  Bella Gulch has long been a center for the logging industry, and some of it is still active.  A small community has grown around the sawmill.  Above is the sawmill along with the Bella Gulch community and its train station.

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Above, a view of maintenance shops and timber loading yard in Bella Gulch.  This is up the valley from the sawmill.

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Oil field at the edge of Bella Gulch.  A small oil field operates by the entrance to the valley.  A larger oil field is in the industrial district.

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Houses on Hanker Ridge, overlooking Camp Monty.  Development has reached the foothills of the Capp Mountains.  Fortunately strict zoning has kept residential development on a low scale, requiring trees to be preserved and some lots to remain undeveloped.  This can result in some interesting encounters (below).

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Wildlife at the edge of a residential neighborhood.  Wildlife sometimes stream out of the mountains and into the residential neighborhoods in the foothills.  The animals generally stay in the undeveloped lots but have been known to stray into yards.  Llamas seem to predominate in this view.  When was the last time a llama strolled into your back yard?

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Two Lakes University.  The university is situated near the north end of Mountainview Lakes, between Ambassador and Minot Lakes.  The building at right is one of the university's buildings, containing classrooms but it also functions as a train station.

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The industrial district occupies a large portion of northwest Mountainview Lakes, across Ambassador Lake from the rest of the city.  Two road and one railroad bridges and a couple of ferryboat lines link the industrial district to the rest of the city.  This has the benefit of keeping industrial pollution far away from the residents.

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Oil well in the industrial district.  The larger of Mountainview Lakes' two oil fields is here.

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Power lines in the industrial area.  Power lines fit in the industrial districts, added a more realistic look to them.  Just do not zone in the lines' paths. 

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Camp Grunt.  Camp Grunt is an army base at the north end of the industrial district.  Camp Grunt is one of three military bases in Mountainview Lakes, representing all three major branches of the armed forces.

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The Navy pier with the battleship SNS Incredible.  The Navy pier is on the western shore of Ambassador Lake, by the industrial district.

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The Mountainview Lakes Air Force Base.  The air base is at the northwest corner of Mountainview Lakes.  The land above the base is the proposed site of an international airport.

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Fairview State Penitentary.  The prison is just north of the industrial district, surrounded by land reserved for expansion of the district.

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A fighter jet squadron from the air force base passes over the bridges on Ambassador Lake.  This concludes this tour of Mountainview Lakes.

Next: Wildwood Island.

SteveMSim

Sierraville

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Sierraville, located on Fairview's east side, is a suburban community bordering Mountainview Lakes, Riverport, and Bender's Bend.  A large portion of Sierraville is mountainous, hence its name.  The Terrano Mountains cross Sierraville from southeast to northwest, dividing the city.  Because of the terrain, development has been confined largely to the Caliente River valley in the south and Cleveland Valley to the north of the Terrano Mountains.  Some farmland exist in valleys on Sierraville's east end as well as a coal mine.  A large industrial district is in Cleveland Valley and draws residents from Riverport and Mountainview Lakes.

Sierraville's mayor is Mortimer Goth, a onetime resident of Pleasantview.

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Above is a view of the Terrano Mountains, with its peaks marked.  You can see how the mountain range divides the city.  The mayor's estate and the Summerdream Resort are on Summerdream Mountain, along with the only road that crosses the mountain range.  Other roads tunnel through the mountains.  This view is looking north toward Cleveland Valley.

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Above is the traffic circle on Bella and Pleasant Avenues that is considered the heart of Sierraville.  Bella Park is on the east end of the circle.  Office and retail stores have been built around the circle.

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Above is the Specter Uranium Enrichment Facility in Cleveland Valley, before the adjacent industrial park was built.  The plant, at the northern foot of Mount  Lothario, enriches uranium for nuclear plants and weapons and has been in operation for several decades.

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Above is the Cleveland Valley Industrial District as it appears today.

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A residential area has grown at the east end of Cleveland Valley.

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Above is Felton Valley, in Sierraville's east end, a coal mining and agricultural community which predates the city.  The mountains in eastern Fairview are rich in coal and have been mined since the region was first settled.  The railroad connects Felton Valley with Cleveland Valley.

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Above is Peterson Valley, at the southeast end of Sierraville, whose farms are feeling the pressure from suburban development.  The tunnel above connects Felton Valley and appears in that photo.

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Above is Summit Park atop Summerdream Mountain.  The park has two overlooks and a ranger tower where the surrounding area can be viewed.  Although Summerdream Mountain is not the highest peak of the Terrano Mountains, it has a smoother summit, allowing for development.

This ends the tour of Sierraville.  Next city to tour is Mountainview Lakes.

SteveMSim

Riverport

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Although one of the newer cities in Fairview, Riverport's strategic position has resulted in steady growth.  Located where the Caliente River empties into Claiborne Sound and at the foot of the Terrano Mountains, Riverport has the atvantage of a central location.  However, due to limited land space, Riverport has been unable to build an airport.  The mayor of Riverport is Shane Carlisle.

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Above is Monty Hills, Riverport's oldest neighborhood.  Monty Hill's low density, protected by city ordinance, allows the neighborhood to keep its small-town charm.  However its residents worry that the growth in other parts of the city may put pressure to change zoning to allow a heavier population density.

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Above, neighborhoods around Broke Mountain.  Broke Mountain marks the end of the Terrano Mountains, which bisect neighboring Sierraville.  While the neighborhoods consist of mostly low-density middle-class houses, mid-density apartment complexes are already appearing.

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Above is a closer look at Bella Hill.  Bella Hill, a foothill of the Terrano Mountains, marks the termination of the range.  The Caliente River winds by Bella Hill as it heads toward Claiborne Sound.  The hill's steepness has resulted in two roads tunneling through it.

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Above is O'Reilly Hill.  O'Reilly Hill is north of Bella Hill and near downtown, which means that the neighborhood is poised for more growth.

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Riverport's emerging downtown is beginning to see mid-rise office buildings, as seen above.  Riverport shares its main business district with neighboring Mountainview Lakes.

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Above, July 4 fireworks explode over downtown.

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Azalea time.

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Summer in Bella Park, with the crepe myrtles in full bloom.

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Observation tower atop Broke Mountain, which affords a view of the entire city.

Next up, Sierraville.

SteveMSim

Bender's Bend

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Bender's Bend is located in the southeast corner of Fairview.  Taking its name from a bend in the Caliente River, Bender's Bend is a suburban community of the region that has grown into the foothills near Fairview's eastern edge.  Bender's Bend includes Gavigan Hollow, a small coal mining community located in a valley in the foothills.  As seen above, since Bender's Bend is a suburb, most of its residents work elsewhere.  The mayor of Bender's Bend is Pascal Curious, formerly of Strangeville.

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Above is the bend that gives the city its name.  Bender's Bend is said to be named after Nathan W. Bender, a moonshiner who transported his hooch on the Caliente River and maintained his stills on the bend.

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Above is Gavigan Hollow.  The coal mining community predates the city, having existed for decades around the Gavigan Coal Mine, located in the left of the picture.  Suburban sprawl is now encroaching on Gavigan Hollow.

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Another view of Gavigan Hollow.  I wish I knew how to turn off the grid.

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A view of the west bank of the Caliente River.  Bender's Bend began and first grew along the west bank.  The growth has since crossed the river and into the foothills.

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The confluence of the Caliente River and Reedy Creek.  Bender's Bend's recreation areas are centered in this area, as seen by the beaches and yacht club.

Next up: Riverport.

SteveMSim

Stratford

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Stratford is one of the younger towns in Fairview.  A traditionally agricultural community, farms make up about a third of Stratford.  Suburban sprawl from Claiborne next door has spilled into Stratford.  However about a third of the town remains undeveloped.

Stratford's mayor is Romeo Monty.  After marrying Juliette Capp, the couple had to move out of Veronaville, their previous home in SimNation because neither of their families approved of their marriage.  The Montys settled down in Stratford and bought a farm.  A controversy over the building of a bridge to Wildwood Island helped Romeo Monty become mayor.

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Above is a view of the built-up section of Stratford.  The Farm to Market Road pretty much forms the boundary between the built-up area and the farms.  The farms occupy the flatlands while the hills at upper right remain undeveloped.  The Waylon Jennings Memorial Bridge, which connects Stratford to Wildwood Island, is at lower left.

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View of Falstaff Square.  Falstaff Square is in the heart of Stratford.  Community buildings such as the schools and library are located around the square.  A streetcar line, an extension of Claiborne's light rail network, passes by Falstaff Square.

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A view of residences and farms along Farm to Market Road.  The Fairview Central Railroad passes in the upper part of the picture.

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A closer view of some of Stratford's farms.  Stratford's farms grow a variety of crops to keep Fairview fed.  A extensive flower nursery, which is pictured, is part of the agriculture scene.  A branch line of the Fairview Central Railroad curves near the top.

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A small crossroads community at the intersection of Puck and Anthony Roads in the rural district.  A rural police precinct, clinic and schoolhouse in this community serves the rural sections of Stratford.

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Waylon Jennings Memorial Bridge.  The recently completed Waylon Jennings Memorial Bridge is currently the only cable-stayed bridge in Fairview.  The bridge is not without controversy.  Many residents, already upset over the growth spilling over from Claiborne, opposed the bridge, fearing it would bring rampant growth that would destroy Stratford's laid-back small town character.  However some farmers and merchants favored the bridge, since it would enhance their businesses.  They managed to ge the necessary funding from SimNation and helped defeat a referendum opposing the construction of the bridge.  The bridge was named after the country music legend Waylon Jennings, who played one of his last concerts at the opening of the farmer's market.

Next, we will look at Bender's Bend.

SteveMSim

Claiborne

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Claiborne is currently the largest city in Fairview.  Located in the southern part of Fairview, Claiborne is a city of mixed residential, industrial and commerical sections with a downtown overlooking Claiborne Sound.  Since the region is still young, Claiborne has a population of only 23,000 and the only city with a population over 20,000.  Claiborne currently has Fairview's only airport and one of several seaports.

Claiborne's current mayor is Angela Pleasant.  After graduating from Sim State University, Angela Pleasant moved to a then small town of Claiborne mainly to start a new life away from her broken family and her nemesis, her twin sister Lilith.  Angela got involved with real estate and helped developed a couple neighborhoods.  After leading a board to get a University to Claiborne (Claiborne University), Angela Pleasant was elected mayor.

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Above is a view of central Claiborne.  Claiborne's downtown is built atop high bluffs overlooking Claiborne Sound, which separate the city from Wildwood Island.  Downtown Claiborne is connected by railroad and a light rail network.  A full-scale replica of the Titanic is moored below downtown between a small Navy yard and a resort hotel.  The mayor's estate sits atop the bluffs on the east end of downtown.

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Above is a closer look of downtown Claiborne.  City Hall, which sits atop the bluffs overlooking Claiborne Sound, is at the lower right.  Central Square is to the left of City Hall, with the Landgraab Department Store on the opposite side.  The Fairview Central Railroad's Claiborne Central station is at lower left with Claiborne Community College across the tracks.  Mid-rise office buildings show Claiborne's emergence from small town to a budding metropolitan center.

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A view of the replica of the RMS Titanic shortly after the ship was brought to Claiborne.  Civic leaders convinced the R.M.S. Titanic, Inc., builders of the replica ship and salvors of the wreck, to locate the ship in Claiborne as a way to boost tourism.  The ship was moored below City Hall (top) between the Navy Yard and the Claiborne Seaside Hotel.  A streetcar line, the first of Claiborne's light rail network, passes by the ship.  The Titanic replica is Claiborne's main tourist draw.

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Claiborne's streetcar system shortly after opening.  In order to address traffic issues, Claiborne leaders studied the streetcar line in Portland, Oregon, the first intracity streetcar line to open in North America since the early 20th Century, and decided to adapt the transit concept.  The streetcars became enormously popular and the network was expanded.  Here the streetcars pass by the Claiborne Seaside Hotel and past War Memorial Park, above the hotel.

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A neighborhood near downtown.  As Claiborne grows, medium dentsity housing has been appearing around downtown and along the streetcar line to south Claiborne.

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I never knew estates can grow to be this large.  This city does not have CAM.

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Even an industrial district can have landscaping.  The East End Industrial District, built atop the Claiborne Sound bluffs, has a section along the bluffs that is too rugged to build on, which trees and wildflowers are allowed to grow.  They help keep the air around the district clean.

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Traffic jam on the railroad.  Trains piled up on the Fairview Central's main line through Claiborne.  The trains and the light rail have become popular transit modes, so popular that the light rail trains are now as long as eight cars.  I'd like to have a mod made to keep streetcar (tram) trains shorter.

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Claiborne Airfield and the research center below.  The airfield is still relatively new but has reached capacity.  There are calls for a larger airport.  Currently, aside from an air force base in Mountainview Lakes, this is the only airport in Fairview.

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Site of the proposed regional airport.  An airplane flies over the site.  The proposed airport would take out a good part of the South Side Industrial District as well as a popular supermarket and Claiborne's Starbucks.  Although plans are to have industry relocated to the site of the present airport, industrial leaders are fighting the new airport.  Any input is welcome.

Next up: Stratford.

SteveMSim

Bartle's Hollow

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Bartle's Hollow is the first city in Fairview.  Originally a farm community, Bartle's Hollow has become a city in its own right, with its own industrial and commercial districts and a downtown featuring a Parisian-themed town center.  Much farmland has been swallowed by development, but some farmland remains.  However, Bartle's Hollow's farmers are fealing the pressure from developers, while preservationists try to save the remaining farms.

Bartle's Hollow has a mostly rolling topography.  The Caliente River begins in Bartle's Hollow and meanders it's way through Bender's Bend and Sierraville before emptying into Claiborne Sound in Riverport.  Bartle's Hollow has only one mountain, the Dolly Llama Mountain near the city's southwestern corner, which the mayor's estate is built atop.  Dave Boone is currently the mayor of Bartle's Hollow.

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Above is a view of central Bartle's Hollow.  The city began by the bend in the Caliente River and was surrounded by farmland in its early years.  The farms have yielded to development south and west of the river but still spread from the north edge of the city's built-up area.  Centre de Ville, the town center making up the heart of Bartle's Hollow's downtown, is prominantly marked by the sign.

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A closer view of Centre de Ville.  Centre de Ville is a town center built to make downtown Bartle's Hollow a center for upscale shopping and living.  Developed by Armand DeBateau, Centre de Ville has Paris as its theme.  The buildings are Parisian in style, a replica of the Arc de Triumphe is in the Place DeBateau, sidewalk cafes, fountains, and kiosks abound.  It's location by the meeting of two rail lines makes Centre de Ville ideal for rail commuters.

Thanks to Porkissimo for his excellent Parisian BATs.

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Shown above is an earlier view of Centre de Ville after the first phase was completed.  These buildings face DeBateau Avenue and the SimNational Bank, which predates the development, can be seen in the background.

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In recent years new office buildings have risen downtown, especially in the strip of land between DeBateau Avenue and the Caliente River.  The municipal museum is visible in this view.

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Bartle's Hollow is a city of pleasant homes and neighborhoods.  This view of a residential city block is typical of Bartle's Hollow.

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Bartle's Hollow has two industrial districts.  Shown is the West End Industrial District, the older of the two, with its legacy dirty industrial buildings.  The West End Industrial District began behind Dolly Llama Mountain to keep its pollution and NIMBY effects away from the town and the farms and grew north along Bartle's Hollow's western edge as the city grew.  A smaller industrial district, consisting mostly of clean industry, is located in the city's southern section.

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Above is some of Bartle's Hollow's remaining farmland, located largely in the city's northern section.

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As mentioned before, the farmland is threatened by encroaching development, as shown above.

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Above is a view of the Fairview State Fair.

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We now finish this tour of Bartle's Hollow by this view of the mayor's estate, atop Dolly Llama Mountain.  Dave Boone can view his domain from this expanse.

Next entry: the City of Claiborne.

SteveMSim

Fairview has been a region I have played almost from when I obtained SimCity 4.  It is the first region I had reterraformed after obtaining the SC4 Terraformer application as I wanted more variety in the terrain.  I did not like the small city sizes so I redid the city boundaries.  This meant destroying several cities that had already been started, but I had not advanced far on any of them so the loss was only small.  I have since played Fairview on-and-off with a couple other regions since then but lately have largely concentrated on the region.  I have incorporated mods, props, and BATs into the cities as sonn as I had downloaded them from the STEX and other sources.  I have made extensive use of the NAM in Fairview and cannot imagine the region functioning without it.

Before I go any further, here is Fairview as it presently stands:

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Fairview at present has only small cities with the largest having a population of just under 30,000.  Since the terrain ranges from mountains to islands and bays, building a large city has especially been difficult.  For those familiar with the Sims 2 game, the mayors of some of the cities have been named after Sims 2 characters and some places within the cities also have names connected to that game.  I myself play SC4 a lot more than the Sims 2.

Below is the map of Fairview's transportation network:

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Since this is a build-as-you-go region, Fairview doesn't have any really organized transportation networks.  Avenues are widely used, a railroad network links all of the developed cities, ferries are well-used due to the extensive waterways, but highways are used in only two cities.  A couple cities have light rail networks, a new feature in the NAM.

Before examing each city, I will start Fairview at the year 50, which is 50 years after the founding of Bartle's Hollow, the first city in the region.  Fairview has enjoyed steady growth since then, but the sprawl has claimed much of the landscape.  Some mountain areas have been set aside as nature reserves, with the largest, Capp Mountains National Park in Mountainview Lakes. 

Next, we'll look at each city, starting with the first to be established, Bartle's Hollow.

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