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  1. Well -- I am pleasantly surprised by the news this morning -- it has restored my faith in the Russian People. The riot police are busily beating up and arresting protesters in Red Square -- all on camera, no less! It appears that Vlad IV (Putin) had another political opponent "hit" -- this time in the Ukraine where he had fled for fear of his life. Makes me think of the assassin Stalin sent to Mexico City to kill Trotsky. Just like "the good old days". Once KGB -- always KGB. It brings me joy to see a bit of rain fall in Putin's life. He's had waaaay too much fun jerking America's chain while he plays Trump like a cut-rate violin !!
  2. WORK IN PROGRESS -- THE JADE BIGHT II WILHELMSHAVEN WEST: (Click to make bigger.) Yo, guys -- Just a quick post for the weekend -- This is the Roosevelt Park neighborhood, just south of the railroad corridor business district. Tucked between the interstate, the railroad, and the business district -- it was an odd shape, and my "advisors" kept calling for more citizens -- so I opted for a high density, mixed-wealth, development. My "green city" planning instincts dictated that it should have some sort of park element built into it while preserving at least some sense of open space. Park detail. Please excuse the grid -- forgot to turn it off for the pic -- () A playground out back by the tracks.
  3. Yo, guy -- I guessed wrong yet again, didn't I? Thanks for the offer, it is appreciated. But it sounds like waaaay too much work -- and complicated at that -- since there are probably a lot of props that I would wish to keep. I think I'll just soldier on -- Sorry to hear about your hand -- hope everything will be OK in a couple days. I came through another treadmill test without complications -- quite happy about that.
  4. The sooner the better. He will never be ANY use to NATO and represents only liabilities. Just another Fascist Dictator. (Though I have to say -- it must be a lot of work to be more evil than Putin -- and impossible to be dumber than Trump.)
  5. Miss Vanleider -- Thanx for the quick reply -- I hesitate to remove ALL Maxis trees. I have a lot of tree filler lots that include Maxis tree props. But -- I suppose the "Sayonara" MOD would not effect the props on filler lots. If that was the case, then Sayonara might be an option. Also -- I'm not unhappy with Maxis trees on Maxis lots, as a rule. (I already eliminated Palm Trees.) EXACTLY what the problem involves -- When you plop a lot next to a road or street (especially diagonal roads and streets), it always adds a green colored jagged edge to the road. In that same colored road tile square, you frequently get everything from small trees and palms down to flowers and even flower pots!! They spring up right along the curb line of the street or road. I imagine that "rsc204" would tell me that this phenomenon is due to the fact that the lot I'm plopping has too high a "wealth" rating, which causes the trees and flowers to appear. I could remove the wealth rating from the plop lot, but I'm not sure I want to do that. I figured there was a "fix" that would remove the issue. If you still need a picture -- let me know and I'll get one up. (I'm currently downloading something big and it may take a while.) Thanx, again --
  6. Yo, guys -- Wasn't there a "fix" somewhere that eliminated those ridiculous little trees and potted plants that pop up along the curbs of the streets and roads?? I wouldn't even know what to look for.
  7. Yo, guys -- Wasn't there a "fix" somewhere that eliminated those ridiculous little trees and potted plants that pop up along the curbs of the streets and roads?? I wouldn't even know what to look for.
  8. WORK IN PROGRESS -- THE JADE BIGHT II WILHELMSHAVEN WEST: (Click to make bigger.) Yo, guys -- Well -- my "treadmill test" went well the other day -- so, in celebration of avoiding the operating room for another year or two -- I'm posting a few more pics this week. This is an overview of the commercial buildings along the east side rail corridor. This also shows the rest of the scheme I came up with to finish off the east edge of the map tile. I placed a final row of buildings east of the railway line, fronted it with a nice park, and backed that up with the rest of the landscape "RandyE" inspired me to dream up -- "The Serpentine" lake. This is the Serpentine Plaza with the "Diana" fountain. And down at the bottom of the district (on the lower left), you see the old Hotel Kranzler. Expanded from a small gasthaus back in the 1930's, it's a bit of a "Bohemian" hangout. The crowd ranges from the filthy rich to penniless students, and is even reputed to include the occasional shifty types engaged in various sorts of espionage and intrigue. A bit further along the road, you will find "The Spy Bar" -- where contacts and drops are made. And around the corner is "Gunthar's Bistro". It's a cozy little place to find a brew, a schnitzel, some jazz, and possibly even a pretty lady to share it with. Finally -- a landscape detail of "The Serpentine" -- complete with Herons from the lake at the upper end.
  9. Yo, guys -- Wasn't there a "fix" somewhere that eliminated those ridiculous little trees and potted plants that pop up along the curbs of the streets and roads?? I wouldn't even know what to look for.
  10. WORK IN PROGRESS -- THE JADE BIGHT II WILHELMSHAVEN WEST: (Click to make bigger.) Yo, guys -- This is an overview of the Southeast Side Business District -- snuggled in between the Interstate Highway on the west and the Ergenstrasse on the east. A day and a night shot. This is a detail shot along the Berlinerstrasse to "Toros De Pampalona" Circle. You see Carson Plaza just off the circle and on the left you have the Regal Theater where, tonight, Jimi Hendrix will be playing! He should have gotten Joe Cocker for the opening act! Just across from the Regal -- the city soccer stadium. And, of course, the prestigious Grand Hyatt Melbourne hotel where the corporate moguls congregate and the "old moneyed" go to dine.
  11. WORK IN PROGRESS -- THE JADE BIGHT II WILHELMSHAVEN WEST: (Click to make bigger.) Yo, guys -- Well -- I put some serious thought to the comments from "RandyE" . It took me more than a week to finish the scheme, and this is just the largest part of it. Here we have the Great Heron Slough. "Slough" may well be a term particular to the US (never seen it used on European maps) -- so, basically -- it is a water feature that is a cross between a swamp, a marsh, and a lake. Generally slow moving, fed by run off and small springs, and shallow. The slough is located at the head of the eastern rail corridor business district. This area has undergone joint development by the city and the owners of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel to allow public access to a restored and maintained wildlife area. No power boats that would create noise and pollution. Here we have the Gardos Tower, a repaired and restored ruin -- a small pier for kayakers -- and a small pavilion with a beautiful overlook. Some landscape detail -- This is an "NBVC" pier that I modified for use -- And finally --a couple of groups of Herons doing their best to avoid the intrusive kayakers.
  12. WORK IN PROGRESS -- THE JADE BIGHT II WILHELMSHAVEN WEST: (Click to make bigger.) Yo, guys -- Just a few quick "snaps". Most of my time has been spent with doctors (yuck!) -- and my game time has been monopolized by trying to dream up a layout for the east edge of my city. I think I've plopped enough trees to re-forest the world! (lol) Here we have a view of the North Business District. Small, and compact, it is nestled in the valley between the Rheinen Heights to the north and Viktoria Heights and the main commercial district to the south. (I've included some night shots. I forgot that a lot of you folks like them.) This is Winterton Circle and Memorial Park on the east side of the district. On the west side of the district you have The Double Tree Hotel, Lever Building, and the Television Studio. A couple of night shots of places we've already seen -- Dao Chemicals and the Von Sachsen Plaza by night.
  13. I enjoyed the interview a great deal, @rsc204 -- you make an uncommonly "good read". Thank you so much for your kind mention -- you do me too much honor. I can, however, say that my humble talents would be as dust and ashes without the super abundance of help and advice you have always offered so freely. Many thanx, my friend -- Now I feel guilty for not having returned for a new CJ series !!
  14. WORK IN PROGRESS -- THE JADE BIGHT II WILHELMSHAVEN WEST: (Click to make bigger.) Yo, guys -- Let's browse a few highlights from the business world this time. OVERVIEW: What you see in the center of the picture is the original core of the Northeast business district, which roughly, is centered along the avenue Wilhelmstrasse between the Louis XVI Column in the south and Winterton Circle in the north. COURTHOUSE SQUARE: Very convenient. You can arrest the corrupt politicians in City Hall and march them straight to the Courts Building. (lol) On the way, you can take a quick turn around the plaza and discuss with your lawyer how best to bribe the judge!! (lol - lol) VON SACHSEN PLAZA: A couple of filler lots and extensive use of the pedmalls. POTSDAMER CIRCLE: Here we see some of the many miles of park paths that keep the center of town peaceful and green. The Airport Shuttle terminal is to the left -- situated south of the High Street Avenue from the main rail terminal. HIGH STREET CENTRAL TERMINAL: Here we have The Super Chief pulling into the station with a full load of evening commuters returning home from Wilhelmshaven's port district.
  15. VERY IMPRESSIVE !!! But -- I agree with T-Wrecks -- get rid of those telephone poles laying beside the river. (Too big and too straight.) My personal preference, of course, but I would not have used the "standing stone clusters" in picture #2. They just don't look right to me. (IMHO) Other than that -- I like it !! (That's "two thumbs up")