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The Midwestern City of Des Plaines

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Hey everyone, I just got back playing Sim City 4 after a few years. I've always wanted to do a city journal since I registered to this site 8 years ago. (I still can't believe it's been that long.) I was a major lurker then. I'm surprised to see alot of familiar faces. Now for my city.

I used a slightly modified Minneapolis-St. Paul map I found on the Stex here. My city is named Des Plaines and I picture it being a major Midwestern city on the Mississippi River. The map is made up of 5 large tiles square. Most of the commercial skyscrapers i plop. I try to make the city look as realistic as possible.

Some teaser pics. :)



Skyline at Night.


World Class Architecture.


The Riche


Middle Class Neighborhood




The Projects




More to come later!

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    This post will feature the Riverside neighborhood of Des Plaines. Riverside is the oldest neighborhood in Des Plaines and is situated along the Mississimi River. Historically Riverside has been the first stop for new immigrants in Des Plaines' history. While that is still true today, the neighborhood is rapidly gentrifying due to its close proximity to downtown and its wealth of beautiful old historic buildings and landmarks. Despite the rush of yuppies moving in, the neighborhood still has a reputation for being on the dangerous side.

    Location in Des Plaines.

    View of neighborhood:


    The Encroaching Downtown:


    Example of Housing Stock:


    The hip and artsy Lincoln Street.

    20 years ago people would laugh at you and think you were nuts if you moved over here. Now it's one of the hottest addresses in town.


    Housing around Lincoln Street:

    Barely visible at top right is the Des Plaines Modern Art Museum before downtown.A huge tourist destination.


    Street to avenue widening has left an odd, uneven steetscape and caused the loss of many historic buildings.


    Roads are packed at all hours.


    EL to subway transition.


    Northern section of Riverside is mainly composed of single family homes which are separated from the dense apartments by the firefighters memorial and the Old German Chuch and Cemetery.


    Next update I will show downtown. Later updates will have calm rural areas, and blighted ghettos. I have most fun making the ghettos look as depressingly realistic as possible, so stay tuned! ;)

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