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This is the journal of just one city I've built in a shared region. I anticipate over time I'll work on my own region and then do a city journal documenting its growth. But until then, enjoy...

 

Corsica Heights

 

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HISTORY PART I - THE FOUNDING AND EARLY GROWTH

 

Corsica Heights was founded 20 miles north-west of the city of South Park as an inner-suburb to the region's largest community. With the connection of the region's first freeway system, the town saw an explosion of growth seemingly overnight as city dwellers relocated to the bedroom community for its safe streets, quiet neighborhoods, cheap housing and relaxed atmosphere - something they struggled to find in the city of South Park. 

 

In the early days, Corsica Heights was very much a suburban community with a suburban mindset. There were tree-lined roads, small mom and pop shops dotting Main Street and the overwhelming sense of community. In fact, those who entered the town from the west were often greeted by the city's water tower, at one point the largest structure in the community. Emblazoned on the side, in large letters - the town's name. 

 

For the first thousand citizens, Corsica Heights was every bit the perfect community to raise a family and establish a life. 

 

The city's history is well-documented by the Corsica Heights Historical Society - a group of proud citizens who've collected older photos of the city and have put them on display at the city hall. Here's their collection. 

 

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An aerial of Corsica Heights in its early days. 

 

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A look at the skyline of the city from Main Street.

 

As the city grew, so did the need for a home for the local government. Originally, the city hall was to be built off of Corsica Boulevard, however, the city's mayor, Sean O'Cassidy, decided a better location would be on Main Street in an area he had hoped would be established as the town's downtown - with the city hall, and subsequently the county courthouse anchoring the development.

 

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City Hall & the County Courthouse dominate the young Corsica Heights skyline.

 

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Construction picks up as the city continues its fast growth.

 

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Development springs up on Corsica Boulevard.

 

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Mayor O'Cassidy's hope of the city hall anchoring a downtown are realized as shops form on Main Street.

 

As the city continued growing, community leaders approached the city about the potential of building a large university as a counter to the often crowded state university in South Park. Its central location, the community argued, would help make the university, and therefore the city, an ideal location for people to relocate - especially students. So, after a year-long study was conducted, with the assistance of the region, Corsica State University was established in the city's southern neighborhood. It was, not counting the city's founding, the biggest moment in Corsica Heights' young history.

 

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Corsica State University celebrates its opening with a crowd of anticipated sims.

 

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Originally named Vista Street, after the completion of CSU, the city approved a measure renaming the street University Avenue - as it leads up to the University's Central Square.

 

The completion of Corsica State University helped usher in a new era of population growth for Corsica Heights. The city's population ballooned over the next decade and the once sleepy suburb now started looking like a bustling metropolis. The first sign of growth came with the construction of a cluster of mid-rise residential buildings on the city's east side. As more of the region's population relocated to the city, demand for housing exploded and to meet that demand, the city approved lifting the height limit on non-governmental buildings.

 

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The city's growing skyline is seen from the University. The Crescent ®, became the tallest residential structure in the city.

 

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Not long after the construction of the Crescent, more residential mid-rises developed - creating the city's first true skyline.

 

Corsica Heights, the once tiny suburban community, was now turning into a true rival to the city of South Park. Its low crime and educated sims, as well as its relative closeness to the region's bigger cities, proved to be the perfect foundation for the unprecedented growth the city was about to experience. Mayor O'Cassidy, the only mayor the city had ever known, embraced the growth and advocated for smarter, more dense and walkable development for the sake of the city's environment. The town, which was run solely off of wind power, had already been extremely environmentally friendly and the mayor wanted to make sure that continued through the spurt of growth the city experienced. 

 

Eventually, months after revoking the height limit altogether, the city council approved the development of the city's first high-rise residential tower. It was the beginning of an amazing period of growth for Corsica Heights. 

 

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The first residential tower is constructed on the city's east side. 

 

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Its completion proved historic - as already another high-rise tower emerges.

 

UP NEXT: Corsica Heights' History Part II - The Residential Boom.

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