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  1. True Earth

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    The Pacific Northwest is a geographic region of the northwest United States - and also usually encompasses the southwestern part of Canada as well. Well known for its majestic mountains, lush forests, modern cities, and more - there's plenty here to keep you in awe. Today we'll be taking a look at some of the area's most spectacular sights.

    Our trip begins in scenic Olympic National Park - located in western Washington, this vast wilderness is one of the world's best preserved temperate rain forests.


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    The Pacific Northwest is home to a number of major cities like Portland - also known as the City of Roses. The Old Town's White Stag Sign is one of the skyline's most distinctive and recognizable landmarks.


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    An overview of downtown Portland featuring the KOIN Center, Wells Fargo Center, and the U.S. Bancorp Tower.


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    Our next stop is the Emerald City - Seattle. The famed Space Needle offers incredible views of the city - built for the 1962 World Fair, it quickly became the city's most iconic landmark.


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    Safeco Field, home of MLB's Seattle Mariners since 1999.


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    A look at downtown Seattle at night with a few of it's most iconic skyscrapers in view - such as the Columbia Center, Seattle Municipal Tower, and the Smith Tower.


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    We travel north of the border to visit one more of the Pacific Northwest's most iconic cities, Vancouver. Scenes like the one below are common here - with the city core being filled with countless modern glass condominiums.


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    A look at downtown Vancouver - the large Bentall Centre is one of the city's most popular destinations.


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    We start heading South to take a look at some of the Pacific Northwest's most amazing natural wonders, starting with Washington's majestic Mount Rainier. Rising 14,411 feet tall, it's the tallest point in the Cascades and can be seen all the way from Seattle, nearly 100 miles way.


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    Rising 11,249 feet tall, Mount Hood is Oregon's highest peak and is another one of the region's most impressive mountains.


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    Our last destination is one of America's most prized natural wonders, Oregon's Crater Lake. After the eruption of Mount Mazama nearly 8,000 years ago, the caldera filled up with rain water and snow melt - giving it a mesmerizing azure hue.


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  2. QWERTY EMPIRE

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    started this region few month ago,... after watch a ton of Haljackey vids. As well as tons of other vids on YouTube. Coming up with my own play style is easy... but not so easy to capture and share.... lol.    The region used is from a down load map from simtropolis.

    There's a ton of maps of Chicago.... 

     

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  3. Hudston Bay - the modern gem of Treien
    Hudston Bay was a sprawling industrial area, however by 1960 all of the dockyard moved from HB to Jervis, Neutral Bay and Etusk. Today the dockyards are now fully outside of Treien in Etusk (a 55 minute drive from the city).

    During the 1960s to the late 70s, Hudston Bay was stagnated with poverty and crime. Most of the houses and flats are in a poor state at this time and most of the city's rich has moved down south to South Treien and even outside the city in places in New North Wales, Maine and Northern Ostrobia. However after the 70s, a massive push to revitalise Hudston Bay as Ostrobia has yet to have a proper financial and buisness hub at the time. The Government put billions and billions of dollars to put Hudston Bay in to good use and it meant that a lot of flats and apartments was knocked down to make way for tall skyscrapers and only 25% of original architecture still remains.

    Also shown is Forbes Park, one of the major city park of Treien, located in Hudston Bay.

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    Forbes Park with ICE Studios complex at the other side of the canal.

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    Hudston Bay viewed on top of a helicopter

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    Jervis, Haswell & Airport and City Metrolink tracks towards Forbes Park

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    Hudston Bay riverside

     

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    Left - Hudston Bay station served by the City, Haswell, Airport and City and Grustanaberg lines (C,H,A&C building shown), Right - Drecht Canal and bridge leading up to Treien Hudston Bay main station.

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    Victor Road junction.

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    Treien Hudston Bay station (top) serves Northern Ostrobia and Maine.

    Victoria - Jewel of South Treien
    Victoria is one of the most luxourious LGA's of Treien and Ostrobia. Victoria is the place of shopping however Hamlewood is also regarded as that place as well. Victoria also has Ostrobia Park, one of the major parks of Treien. It also hosts the Treien Zoo and the Treien Nature Reserve.

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    Ostrobia Park

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    Treien City University


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    Pernstraat leading to Grectheinstraat, off the Treien Victoria station

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    Treien Zoo and Treien Nature Reserve


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    Albertkeithen Statue and Victoria Square. The station is served by the River, City and Airport and City lines


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    Complex junction towards Treien Victoria. Treien Victoria serves the states of south-eastern New North Wales, Prethenia, South Central, Hyenia, Holboken. Both high speed and regional services service the station.

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    Roundabout of the Tower of Light. It is the main entrance to Victoria from Hudston Bay's New Bridge, which is the furthest west bridge of the River Oereomond.

     

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    Grustanasberg - Cultural Capital of Ostrobia
    Grustansberg is the Cultural Capital of Ostrobia? Why? There is a lot of history behind Grustansberg and lots of things to see and do there as well. Grustansberg is home to the Tower of Liberty, a world landmark built in 1860 to comemerate the Ostrobian revolution of 1848. The Riverside Park shows a glimpse of Hudston Bay from the south side. Notorious places of interest include New Edinbrugh Musuem, Uktlespreken Musuem, Treien Opera House, Treien Art and Portrait Gallery, Mirabel Fountain, Nieuw Alkmaarplein, Monument of the Fallen Ostrobians, Colonial Gardens, German Market and the Grustansberg Market.

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    Grustansberg viewed from a helicopter

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    Hudston Bay viewed from the Riverside Park

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    Colonial Gardens. The Colonial House was the residence of the Governor of North West Ostrobia during the British colonial era.


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    Treien Musuem Plaza. Shown is the Treien Art and Portrait Gallery

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    Nieuw Alkmaarplein. Notice Hudston Bay in the distance. Right of it is the Treien Opera House.

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    Left - New Edinburgh Musuem, focuses on the History of Treien and its Cultural History. The Nieuw Alkamaarplein station is also shown served by Ostrobia, Northern and River Lines. The Nieuw Alkmaarplein station is also served by NNW Rail.

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    Monument of the Fallen Ostrobians


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    Uktlespreken Musuem. Showcases Natural History and also Cultural and Technological History

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    The Cathedral and the Tower of Liberty dominate South Treien until the new flats at Neutral Bay were constructed

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    Grustanberg Station. The overground section serves City and Airport and City lines. The underground section serves the Grustansberg and Jervis lines. Left - Hamlewood Clock Tower. Centre - Hamlewood Station. Right - Grustanberg Market and Cathedral

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    Grustanasberg Market and Cathedral

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    Hamlewood Clock Tower with the Treien Hamlewood Station

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    German Market with Hudston Bay at the background

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    Treien Hamlewood Station. It is served by the City, Airport and City and Northern lines. It services Ostrobia's main cities in the west which are Seblo and Aranley. It also serves the Western and South Western Coast areas of Ostrobia.

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    Tollsbury - Government's Area
    Tollsbury is the area in which the Federal Government is located. It also hosts a number of embassies. Tollsbury is generally not regarded as Central Treien but in fact Central South East Treien due to a number of flats and little major retail areas. Most of Tollsbury is either housing or office administration.


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    The Tollsbury Circus island is owned by the federal government. It is surrounded by 15 story high stone walls built in the 1910s to deter any foreign invading power. The perimeter of the walls have been used to station machine and anti aircraft guns during World War II. Today they are an icon of Treien.

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    Tollsbury Circus Complex. Top right: Federal Police Headquaters, across the road from the HQ: House of the Prime Minister, 10 Mirabell Road. Right of 10 Mirabell: Federal Court, right of the court: Federal Government Offices of various departments. Office block: Federal Security and Intelligance Organisation (FISO). Bottom right: Parliament of Ostrobia.
     

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    Entry 23: Pololomia -- Langley Plains (Northeast)

    Yes it's been a while since the last entry but I've been busy with that teaching and also focusing on story-writing. Anyway here are some more rural pictures.

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    For the next entry we go to the east part of Pololomia's city centre...

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  5. first I have to say this entry basically a repost of the Update 46a from SC4 Devotion since it show similar situation but in different time so expect some pictures are similar with from that update. If you wonder yes this is the annual update I make about the holiday homecoming traffics in Karasem which I made annually since 2012 (although I skipped 2013 and 2015).

    Update 45c: 2018 Holiday Traffic Report

    Introduction: As it's 1 days before Idul Fitri in Karasem, many people go to their hometown to celebrate ied with their big families. most of the travelers come from major cities like Meriah, Cibebek and Kota Baru toward hometown. as for 2017 data from both Cibebek Metropolitan Area and Meriah Metropolitan Area, about 32% of travelers go to Central Cikulon Province (Capital Purwasari), 27% to South Cikulon Province (Capital: Tanjung Bambu), 20% go to Kasemetapang Province and other places in Northern Islands 18% toward various places in North Cikulon Province (Capital: Meriah) and the rest go to other provinces. The tradition also occurs in other places in Karasem but mostly in Western Karasem which is much more populated than eastern part. 

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    Map of western Karasem in case of wondering.

    This year prediction, the peak of the hometown bound traffic happened in Day-3 (12/6 Tuesday) as for today (Day-1) the traffic has decreased but not significant enough to compare it with the normal non holiday season intercity traffics in Karasem.  For the anticipation beforehand, National government from Ministry of Transportation and Ministry of Public Works launch additional services such as extra train trip from Major cities stations, ticket discounts, advanced traffic management planning, until the the launching of the functional-only-serviceless-highways. Big Trucks except for fuel, food trucks as well as the minor trucks are banned from the main road and Expressways in 1 week (10/6-17/6) during the eid holiday season in order to avoid additional congestion in roads.

    First report came from the Air Transportation. As seen in Kota Meriah International Airport (KMIA) the passenger traffic increased by 19% compared to yesterday despite its only 1 day before the eid. According to several passengers, they decide to come back closer to eid using air transportation because of their workplaces tight schedule where they didn't get additional holiday for eid. Some other also prefers to travel in the last day before eid to avoid the peak back in their hometown

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    From Kota Meriah International Airport

    Next, we go to the Cibebek Raya Station to check the rail transport from the main station of Cibebek Metropolitan Area. Passengers come with their family few hours before the trains departing, some of them waiting in the front of station as well as the intercity train platform. Today its predicted to be 21,728 passengers to depart from this station to their hometown, lower than yesterday which is 23,493. Earlier this morning, Karasem President Widjojo Raharjo alongside with officials from Minister of Transportation visited the station to monitor the situation as well as greet the people who are going back to their hometown. This year is the first year that full double track between Meriah to Kota Baru operating during holiday season which hope to increase the number of trips of intercity trains as well as reducing the number of delays on the trip. As for station itself, platform allocation for the Intercity Trains increased by disabling the Kota Baru-Cibebek Line Feeder during the Eid season. However, Cibebek Railway stated that the commuter/local train service will remains normally operates only with reduced feeder line.

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    Situation in Cibebek Raya Station

    Now the report of road transportation which dominated by the personal motor vehicles like Sedans and SUVs. 
    First toward the Report from Sumber Rejo Toll Gate of Meriah-Kota Baru Expressway in Kemayoran, North Cikulon Province. Congestion reported about 4km from the toll gate in Meriah direction as well as 3km in Kota Baru direction, which is better than yesterday up to 10km queue length. in order to relief the congestion, toll road operators, add aditional gate instead of 12 normally available into 15 in single direction as well as the "pay before toll gate" services. Currently its been advised that the travelers from Cibebek-Kota Baru area who want to go toward Purwasari to use the eastern coast route which is less used than west coast route of Cikulon in order to relief the traffic in Sumberrejo and later Kedawung in Malang Bawah. Meriah-Kota Baru Expressway itself is rather special than other highway/expressway around Karasem where they been used heavily in both direction in every holiday season because its connect 2 major metropolitan area in Karasem which is Kota Baru-Cibebek Metropolitan Area with Meriah Metropolitan Area.

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    Traffic in the Meriah-Kota Baru Expressway on Sumber Rejo IC about 2km west of Sumber Rejo Toll Gate.

    Meanwhile from the non-expressway Karasem National Main Route 1, traffic reported in moderate condition. however when entering Kemayoran City center, heavy traffic reported.

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    Situation in Karasem National Route 1 in Sumberrejo, Kemayoran.

    Meanwhile from the East Coast Route (Karasem National Route 5) of Cikulon in Trimurjo, south of Kemayoran situation reported with light but rather dense traffic for south bound direction. Travelers using this route as an alternative to the western coast route (Karasem National Route 1) to go to Purwasari or other areas in eastern coast of Cikulon

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    Situation in Eastern Cikulon Coast Route 

    Next we go to Kedawung area which become the worst nuisance on last 2 year holiday season traffic where last year happened to be the worst happened. Kedawung is a town in south of Malang Bawah City, North Cikulon which currently the end of West Cikulon Expressway (currently Meriah-Malang Bawah Expressway) where its used mostly from every traveler from Meriah or even Cibebek who want to travel toward Central and South Cikulon Province. Currently the traffic jam at 6km long toward Malang Bawah JCT, intersection of the partially finished Malang Bawah-Purwasari Expressway which is much better than during the peak this year (14km) or the worst last year (23km). The operation of Malang Bawah-Purwasari Expressway and functionally-opened unfinished section of this expressway help to distribute the traffic toward Purwasari. Main problem of this traffic is the meeting with the national route traffic which is rather congested, the existence of "pasar tumpah" in Kedawung town center as well as the railway crossing nearby the exit. Currently local officers manage the traffic by diverting the traffic from Central Cikulon toward Malang Bawah into the Kedawung Bypass in the west of the city although this solution just temporary until the completion of Malang Bawah-Purwasari Expressway in late 2019.

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    Traffic Jam in the Kedawung exit of Meriah-Malang Bawah Expressway.

    Next are the reports from the recently finished part of Malang Bawah-Purwasari Expressway. The situation much better than last year where the usable unfinished part of this expressway opened for functional only. However since this expressway isn't completely finished yet, people still need to use non-expressway main road after the operating part or choose to use unfinished part of expressway which is rather low in safety and other road aspects including its very dusty condition and bumpy roads.

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    The operating part of the Malang Bawah-Purwasari expressway in Pegajuran District, Malang Bawah Regency.

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    Another opened section of the expressway near the border of Malang Bawah and Malang Atas Regency.

    Next report is from the Cikopo Area in North Cibebek Regency. Cikopo area previously known as the traffic jam area on every year holiday season for the travelers heading toward Tanjung Pojok port to cross to Ketapang Province. With the completion of Cikopo-Tanjung Pojok section of Cibebek-Tanjung Pojok Expressway in April 2015, the traffic not a major problem in this area except for the toll gate pay in this area.

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    Queue of Cikopo Toll Gate featuring National Route 1 (as Cibebek-Tanjung Pojok Main Road)

    Last, we go to the Tanjung Pojok Port where the travelers toward Ketapang crossing from Cibebek Province. Tanjung pojok port operate additional dock for the car ferry which total currently 6 docks operating in this ferry crossing. as for yesterday the peak, the port crossed about 19,340 cars and buses with total passanger is 170,289 people crossed adding the motorcycle and pedestrian users.

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    situation in Tanjung Pojok Ferry Port

    Thats all for today hope you all enjoy it! And Happy Eid Al Fitri for those who celebrate it!

  6. Hello there, after 2 years.

    During this time the city has changed, but it can not be said that that are strong changes. Let me start with the fact that after my last post, in the country, as well as in the whole city, there was a giant wave of decommunization. In the city were renamed approximately 500 objects: streets, squares, boulevards, avenues, schools, hospitals, tram stations and much more. On Lenin Square (Lėnina placa), which now bears the name of the Housing Square (Namiu placa), the monument to V.Lenin was demolished.

    Then, at the end of 1983 Dzingalian government decided to make an agricultural development program for 1984 and decided to start from the cities. Kištu got into this program. Now 38.9 thousand of people work in the agricultural sector all over the city, when before this programm this value was hardly equal to a only thousand. In addition, new roads and overpasses have been built for the needs of the working people.

    This is a satellite snapshot of the city and its suburbs:

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    And this is a map of the city's road infrastructure:

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    Here, all the changes were recorded for 1983-1984. It is noteworthy that the images (taken in May 1984) are completely relevant so far even for now, November 1985. This is because by 1985 the city decided not to include in the program of agricultural development due to the lowest unemployment percent in the country. Also, by the same reason, the city was excluded from the program of industrial development in 1985. The city is very lack of manpower.

    Therefore, representatives from this city were promoting the launch of the mass housing program for 1986. And recently, on September 25, preparations began for the introduction of the 1986 housing program. For these needs on October 29, was developed the first own project of a series of houses for mass construction, named NM-1 (yyeeah, exactly this). But for now this is all that is known about housing plans.

    As for many things in the city, nothing has changed in these 2 years. The same can be judged by the two schemes of the city tram: one made almost immediately after the country gained independence:

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    the other was made in the same year, 1985, in the summer.

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    In a perfect weekend, after a week of perfect waves and surfing weather, Finals Day and Day 2 of the Lords of the Board Festival made Sunday June 3rd the perfect ending of the The Ripcurl Pro Caravella Classic 2018.

    First of all: The winners!
    The 2018 Ripcurl Pro Caravella Classic has turned the both the 2018 Men's Championship Tour and the 2018 Women's Championship Tour upside down with 2 new overall leaders emerging after victories on Plage Le Soleil in Port de Caravella.

    2018 Ripcurl Pro Caravella Classic: Women's Final: Tyler Wright (AUS) vs. Lakey Peterson (USA)
    In a epic battle between the Aussie outsider and US Lakey Peterson it was very close, but the final ditch effort of Wright to steal the win from Peterson was not enough. The 2018 Caravella Classic Women's Champion is Lakey Peterson (USA) and with this victory she is also the new overall number 1 in the Jeep 2018 Women's Championship leaderboard.

    Watch the final again:


    2018 Ripcurl Pro Caravella Classic: Mens's Final: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Italo Ferreira (BRA)
    After all of the big starts of the Men's Championship were already knocked out early on, it was Brazil's Italo Ferreira who was the abosule favorite in the final of the Caravella Classic. His contender was Michel Bourez from French Polynesia.
    The 2018 Caravella Classic Men's Champion is Italo Ferreira  and, just as in the Women's Championship, he is also the new leader in the Jeep 2018 Men's Championship leaderboard.

    Watch the final again:


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    Lords of the Board Festival 2018: The Headliners
    And by perfect coincidence, the Finals Day was the same day as the final day of The Lords of The board Festival 2018. A festival to go coinside with the surf competition and attract more spectators to the WSL events all over the world.
    The Lords of The Board Festival 2018 has a strong lineup with world class artists like Anne-Marie, Metronomy, Zedd, Evanescence, Chvrches and Two Door Cinema Club.

    Saturday headliner: Run The Jewels
    On Saturday the headliner was USA Rap duo Run The Jewels.
    Run the Jewels, also known by the initialism RTJ, is an American hip hop duo consisting of rapper/producer El-P and rapper Killer Mike. They released their acclaimed debut studio album, Run the Jewels, as a free digital download in 2013. This was followed by Run the Jewels 2 in 2014, which was also praised by critics. Their critically acclaimed third album, Run the Jewels 3, was released digitally in 2016; a physical release appeared in 2017.


    Sunday headliner: Arcade Fire
    On Sunday the headliner were the festival kings and queens of Arcade Fire. 
    Arcade Fire is a Canadian indie rock band, The band has been described as "indie rock, art rock, dance-rock, and baroque pop." They play guitar, drums, bass guitar, piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, xylophone, glockenspiel, keyboard, synthesizer, French horn, accordion, harp, mandolin and hurdy-gurdy, and take most of these instruments on tour; the multi-instrumentalist band members switch duties throughout shows.



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    In 2019, both the Ripcurl Pro Caravella Classic and the Lords of the Board Festival will return!
    If you like it … let me know!

     

  8. Alright, so the city journal thus far has not focused that much on rail infrastructure. That's changing.

     

    Portdale was always a major city for trains; New Haven had a major foothold in it. The majority of Commuter Lines were originally NH, being purchased by PTA following Penn Central's formation. The main Passenger Yard of Portdale is the already-covered Hayward facility, and there's smaller yards near the end of every line. Union Yard, located near Union Station, holds trainsets for the Rush Hour, preventing a deadhead. The main Citylink/Amtrak Yard is the Caller Facility, located in a rapidly-gentrifying industrial part of town. Switching for it is currently the duty of a leased BN Geep. Union Yard is usually the domain of a GP40, purchased from Springwood Lines after it was absorbed. Union Station serves trains from both directions. Northward, you have the Bay Trunk lines, radiating in a U-shape away, the Davenport line, a black-sheep from an Interurban bought up by the City, the Valley DC Lines, and the Cliffside Line, with sporadic service from the Space Ctr Shuttle.

     

    The first stop for most Northbound trains is Newtown; having 6 tracks, 2 reserved for the (2) Subway, and 2 in each direction for the PTA. Most PTA trains head to BFI, covered in previous posts and now a major junction; 2 subway lines, Skytrain to the Terminals, several train lines, the Monorail, a LRT and Bus Service; it's one of the busiest PTA stations by volume. The monorail was a pet project of late mayor Jacobs; the Subway was overburdened and the suburbs had exploded. He ordered the construction of 2 lines- 1 to the city and 1 remaining outside. Both are fairly popular.

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  9. Hello Everyone! Welcome to Bellingham! Today we'll go to a consolidated neighborhood of the city,  The Santa Catarina District. It was named after the Santa Catarina plaza, one of the most famous and used plazas by day:

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    And by night:

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    It has some features of a downtown, but with lots of residential buildings, In fact, we have 1mi sims living in that district:

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    In this photo, Avenida Manchester stands out:

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    The East-West (Avenida dos Campeões) and North-South (Avenida Metropolitana) Greatest avenues of the city meets here. Trains and Subway are great forms of transportation here too

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    This is a part of Vila Inglesa, a former British neighborhood , now a big residential neighborhood

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    Since we're talking about trains, this is Ipiranga Station, one of the most used Train Stations in this city. 100.000 sims use them per day! A Huge number. In this Image, you can see Avenida 8 de Março too.

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    Cloverstack, the end of Avenida 8 de Março 

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    For the Last Part, I'll introduce you to a part of Avenida Metropolitana. This is the Interchange that ends the express part of it

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    Expressway of the Avenida Metropolitana: Two Viaducts with two lanes leading to the South Zone.

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  10. Holston

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    City overview

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  11. SimMars in MAC

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    Introduction

    It's been several years since I last played or did anything SimCity related. I recently started playing SimCity 4 again because my interest in city building games came back. Given that I have a lot of free time for the next month or two, I figured that I should start up another CJ again. Like everyone else who is into mods (and downloading GBs full of mods), I downloaded several mods only to realize that the Mac version is too different than the PC version. The amount of mods that would work for the MAC version is severely limited compared to the PC version. The one mod I have been most interested in was SimMars Beta 3. As a former team-member of SimMars, I wanted to experience the same enthusiasm I had for the mod back when I contributed to it. I realize that SimMars Beta 3 only works for Windows, but I ended up using WineSkin and WineBottler to extract all of the content. As a result, I was able to get SimMars working on the Mac.

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    I understand that the MAC version is not fully patched like the Windows version, so there are more bugs and less capabilities (e.g. no night-lights on custom content). For the sake of playing the game and content, I am happy with what I have.

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  12. Praha - vývoj času !

    Development through time, this is the last chapter in the visit to Praha. Last city vienna gave lots of oppertunities to stretch it longer. Praha long shelved in the refrigerator now is about completed, realizing these cities all square inch maybe covered but this city showed some quit challenging exercies of terra- forming; furthur progres would not do it any justice ! ANNO Europe CJ will return in october, switch will be made to Mayon Province CJ next month !

    This CJ we cover the last part of Praha ! Kobylisy- Dolna Chabry north of the city and continue our way to the west bank with Letny and the last Mala Strana with the medieval town !

    Kobylisy is on the prague subwayline C north of the second bend and houses at Kuchyfrica the university !

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    Kuchyfrica - Prague Modern University !

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    Dolin Chabry virtualy for this city houses the Airport, Hotels and Convention center area !

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    Now we cross the river to the west bank to Letny with the Spartak Prague Football ground !

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    Letny is a long part of a long highly leveled town wich stretches west !

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    Prague subwayline A covers much of the upper part of the boulevard west !

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    Mala Strana or the old medieval heart of prague with the castle and old town !

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    Old town !

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    Prahou rozloučenou - prague goodbye ! Pleasant town to create; top 5, real best city in this series, hard to imagine as every city got it´s perculier points wich up to now gave every city a little bit of it´s own identity. Weight of euro plugins now certainly making a ultra modern city just about imposible !

    Hope you enjoyed this CJ and see you back next time !

     

     

  13. Welcome back!

    School's out and summer has begun! It's time to make great use of the water park that was built a while back!

    Woodland Town, along with most towns in the region have stagnated a bit, with population hanging at 30,000 people. Plans to connect the towns and region by interstate and rail by the end of the year are in progress and will encourage major growth in all areas once completed.

     

    The Mayor and his wife have two kids, their son Jeremy who is 10 (going into 5th grade) and daughter Christina who is 8 (going into 3rd grade). 

     

     

    A Summer to Remember I: A Trip to the Water Park 

    It's another hot summer day

    This particular Saturday, however, it was very hot!

     

    Weather Report: July 8 Saturday

    Temperature: 96 Degrees  

    Dew Point: 72 Degrees   

    Feels Like: 107 degrees

    Rain: 80%

    Highs 98, Lows 73. Scattered showers throughout the day, isolated showers in the afternoon.

     

    I took the opportunity today to take the kids out to the new water park. They've been begging me to go the last couple weeks! 

    Jeremy and Christina: Daddy let's go!

    Me: Christina put on your seat belts!

    Wife: It's really hot out today. The lines are going to be really long today!

    Me: I imagine.

    We get in the car and drive out:

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    We arrive at the water park and as you see, it's quite crowded:

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    Random Person 1: "Hey it's the mayor!" 

    Random Person 2: "Hey how's your day? I love your town!

    Random Person 3: "You're the only town that has a water park around here!"

    Jeremy: "Haha you're famous!"

    Wife: "You'll be getting that all day haha!"

    They treated me like a town hero for building a water park! Turns out some people came over from the neighboring towns to cool off here. The security guards helped escort us but it's strange being seen as a local celebrity since I don't go out in public too often. But even the Mayor needs to swim once in a while of course...

    Christina: "Mommy I wanna go on all the big slides!"

    Jeremy: "That's too big! You're gonna get scared and cry!"

    Christina: "No I won't! I'm going with him!"

    We all walk up stairs. Jeremy's been on all the slide but Christina has never been on one before.

    Jeremy: "That's a looooong line."

    After about 20 minutes we're finally at the top

    Me: "I'll go first, I'll wait for you both down there."

    Me and my wife both go on slides and wait for kids on the bottom.

    Christina: "Jeremy? I'm scared."

    Jeremy: "Told ya you'd be scared."

    She stands on the slide and holds on to the bar as the water rushes down, but hesitates.

    Life Guard: "It's nothing to be afraid of! You can do it!

    Some of those waiting in the line were cheering her

    5 minutes later...(Storm clouds are becoming ominous, the sun disappears behind clouds)

    Jeremy: "Go already!! Stop being such a wuss!"

    Life Guard: "Come on, you guys really need to go, you're holding back the line!

    Me: (Looking out at the slide tower) "Are they okay?"

    Wife: "I think she's scared."

    Jeremy: "That's it!"

    *Takes his hand and pushes his little sister Christina down the slide*

    Christina: *Screaming as she slides down"

    Jeremy: (Smiling) "Whoops."

    He jumps into the slide before anyone can stop him.

    Me: "Did he just push her down the slide...?"

    Wife: "I can't tell"

    Me: "Someone got pushed"

    Just then, my daughter reaches the end of the slide and into the water, followed by Jeremy on the slide parallel to the one she's on.

    Jeremy: "Are you telling on me for pushing you down the slide?"

    Christina: "No! That was fun! I wanna go again by myself this time!"

    Jeremy: "See? Told you it was nothing to be scared of"

    Christina: "Sticks tongue out at Jeremy"

    Me and Wife: "Did you like it? How was it?"

    Christina: "It was fast! I wanna go again!"

    Me: "You guys go, I'll wait for you"

    Just as my wife takes Jeremy and Christina, I pull Jeremy aside for a moment..

    Me: "Did you push her down the slide?"

    Jeremy: "Yes..."

    Me: "Why?"

    Jeremy: "Everyone was waiting and I was tired of her being a chicken!"

    Me: "If she didn't like the slide she would've been very upset. You're lucky she enjoyed it. Don't do that again. Now go have fun, take care of your little sister.

    Jeremy: "Okay daddy!"

    Me: "...And hurry up, it's going to rain any moment!"

     

    Unfortunately, the trip was cut short and just as they were about to go back upstairs to go on the slide, the lightning alarm goes off. The wind started picking up and drizzles of rain began to come down.

    Me: "Alright, let's pack it up!"

    People start exiting in droves as the storm nears. Typical summer storm, we've been getting a lot of these lately but they're normal. I feel the temperature drop.

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    Just as we're leaving the parking lot, it begins to downpour:

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    It rained for a good portion of the afternoon...

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    The sun peaks through the clouds as the rain continues:

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    The rain finally let's up:

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    Christina and Jeremy playing in the puddles in my front yard:

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    Here's the current weather now after the storm:

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    Temperature: 76 Degrees  

    Dew Point: 71 Degrees   

    Feels Like: 81 degrees

    Temperatures have dropped by 20 degrees!

     

    Later That Night...

    The night is peaceful, with the occasional sound of a car streaking through the wet streets splashing up water and distant thunder.

    Kids from the local neighborhood join in for a pickup game:

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    10:12 PM Regional Night View:

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    Woodland Town on the right, Woodland River City on the Left, District one above and Pleasant view below it, and Coibridge on the upper left.

     

     

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    2:57 AM

    I just got awakened by what sounds like a loud rumble. It definitely isn't thunder. 

     

    Wife: "What's going on?" She says as she rubs her sleepy eyes

     

    Just then an even louder rumble booms in the distance, waking up the kids.

     

    Jeremy: "Daddy what's that? Another storm?"

    Me: "I'm going to find out."

     

    We all go outside and notice just about the entire neighborhood's been woken as well, as families head outside out trying to make out what's going on. 

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    I look at the skies for a sign of a thunderstorm but the skies are clear...

     

     

    Neighbor: "Mayor! Do you have any idea what's the heck is going on?"

    Me: "No idea, maybe an earthquake?"

    Neighbor: "Whatever it is it's woken up- *Boom* 

     

    An even louder thunderous rumbling noise so loud that it rattles windows... 

    I can sense people starting to panic. Christina hugs my leg and starts crying.

     

     

    Just then, the power goes out...

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    To Be Continued...

     

     

     

    Thank you for reading! Don't forget to leave a comment if you haven't already! Like and follow to stay tuned!

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    We take a trip to the water park, people recognize me as mayor, my daughter Christina goes on big slide for the first time, chickens out, then my son Jeremy pushes her down the slide, she likes it and wants to go again, I scold him, we get rained out and leave, no refunds. Tour of Woodland Town as it rains, then sun comes out while raining, we're woken up at 2 am by a mysterious sound, then the power goes out...

     

  14. I have begun writing CJ entries for the Aeroes City suburbs twice, and discarded both, as they got confusing pretty quickly. Let's be honest, The Flatlands is developed a little unconventionally, and is currently a disjointed mess. The sims hate me for the traffic, although with each new development that opens up, the bigger picture is being revealed to them, and the congestion eases a little. All along, in my head, I have had plans for the region. As development continues, and the CJ entries progress towards Aeroes City, I realize I need a few maps and plans, for my sake as much as for yours. Here on in, I will be referencing key area/district/place/landmark names, so I encourage anyone wishing to follow The Flatlands to familiarize these maps.

    The Region So Far

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    Aeroes River is the life blood of this part of the region. Fed by Lake Promethius and the pristine falls from Mount Pompus, the river snakes its way toward Cobbers Harbour and the ocean. The water is rich with minerals essential for plant life, and has promoted the growth of the Promethius Agricultural Community through a natural groundwater reservoir. The Aeroes National Park is a small, but lush green forest, protected by the government in the historic land-grab battle between the Promethius Agricultural Community and Athena Straight Industrialists. Another front to this land-grab has caused a disjointed boundary for the westernmost reaches of Aeroes City.

    The Ridge Valley National Park is a huge area untouched by civilization. It stretches off into the distant continents. Talks are in place for a highway system connecting The Flatlands and their southern neighbors, but so far these have been unsuccessful due to disagreements with governments over the protection of national parks. A notable landmark of the Ridge Valley National Park are the Twin Peaks mountains. The twin mountains were carved by erosive winds millions of years ago. These prevailing  winds are responsible for the east-west mountains and valleys that span the region. As the northern regions of The Flatlands are created, these east-west mountain ranges will continue to be apparent.

    Moving Eastward

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    I have begun work on the terrain of the south-east region of The Flatlands. As Aeroes City exits Cobbers Harbour, the suburbs will become more sparse, eventually becoming a coastal rural area. The coastline will wrap much of the east of the region, dotted with a few volcanic islands like the one pictured. The old coast highway will traverse this farmland, connecting a future city in the north of the region to Aeroes City. Modern digging equipment has allowed for a more direct highway route through the rugged terrain of the central mountains. All will be explored in future updates.

    The Districts of Aeroes City

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    Aeroes City is home to 8 districts. Central District, home of the CBD, is the most dense, but also the smallest. Along with the 4 cardinal districts, these are the main districts of Aeroes City. The plan is to cap development of these districts around 100,000-150,000 residential population. As the urban sprawl continued, 3 outer districts, formerly their own community area, became a part of the wider Aeroes City. These 3 districts are gateways to Aeroes City, and are subject to boundary changes as population settles in the region. Athena Straight Industrial District, as the name suggests in the epicenter of industry in The Flatlands. It fed the initial growth into Aeroes City through the Northern Districts. The Northern Districts is the oldest district of Aerores City. Residential development in the district meant that a commercial district had to be relocated as the City developed. The Coastal Riviera District plan is for sparse suburbs following the coastline. Further development may also occur to the east of the Aeroes City airport. Beyond this district is farmland, and the outer areas of this district will have a very rural feel to it. The Foothills District will be developed on rugged terrain, and will be a few towns that are on the furthest reaches of Aeroes City. Separated by hills, these towns are too close for their own regional area, but too far to be considered a part of a main district of Aeroes City.

     

    I hope this update paints a picture on my grand plan for Aeroes City, and I promise the next update will explore more city life, and less lifeless region updates. 

  15. As you know, I have been working on my new project- Parisidia for some time now. The build is still far from done, but I thought I would show some progress. Parisidia is an island city in the far Northwest of the country of Moneyland, at the border between the provinces of Olson and Greenland. Parisidia Island is an island in the middle of the Rapid River, which stretches 1,000 miles (1,600 km) from the Southern Mountains to the city of Sandy Shores just a few miles northwest of Parisidia. 

     

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    This is the current state of Parisidia. As you can see, far west and north need the most development in terms of suburban sprawl and small communities while the east still needs some more suburban sprawl. The central downtown is architecturally similar to Paris, and the Conifer Park (the park with all of the trees and winding roads) is in the middle of downtown. Note that north downtown is still a WIP. To the right of Downtown is La Leguna, a safe haven for companies and skyscrapers that have been ousted from downtown by the strict building requirements. North of La Leguna are planned to be small communities, which are also still WIP. 

     

    Today, we will focus on the West Side of Parisidia, in the cities of Ashlyn and Seeberg as well as some of the suburban communities in the North (which have already been built). We will Journey along the Ashlyn Industrial Expressway, the highway that starts at the docks and ends up north.

     

    The Ashlyn Expressway was built in 1960, as part of the freeway boom. The freeways was to be signed I-553 for the duration of the route that would cross the north fork of the Rapid River and end in the docks. However, the Rapid River north fork bridge was never built for the Ashlyn Expwy due to protests and traffic statistics, which showed that the bridge would be underused severely. 

     

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    Brown=CBD/Downtown (North WIP)

    White= Westbury

    Green= Beacon Heights (WIP)

    Orange=Ashlyn 

    Yellow=Seeberg (Major WIP)

    Blue= Docks

     

    Today the Ashlyn Expressway is used mainly by trucks from the docks and industrial factories of Ashlyn. The expressway is actually severely underused by commuters due to its bad placement. Most commuters in the northern suburbs prefer to either take the metro to go into the city center and the east side, or the tram to go south into Ashlyn  and Riverside. The Ashlyn Expressway is the only elevated expressway in the entirety of the island. Most expressways were built several years earlier in 1950, with much more consideration of the environmental and social impacts caused by the highways (an example would be the ML-25A, which runs East to West near the southern shore from Des Locartes Village to West Point (currently WIP). 

     

     

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    The Ashlyn Expressway begins here, at the docks of Ashlyn. Trucks use this expressway during peak hours but the road is almost deserted today. 

     

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    Warehouses in this area are mostly for temporary storage, before they are moved to the industry in the north.

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    The Spaghetti Bowl is the interchange between Ashlyn Industrial Expressway and ML-25A. 

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    Past the interchange, looking north. The expressway runs through a heavily industrialized area. The Metro can be seen going over the expressway. 

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    A view of the Expressway crossing the metro depot. As the city retired old metro trains, they were stationed here and left to rot until Ashlyn City Council decides what to do with them.

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    The interchange between National Boulevard and the Expressway. Due to the depot, a partial cloverleaf intersection had to be made, unfortunately leading to tons of real estate being wasted.

     

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    After the National Boulevard Interchange, the Metro Line runs parallel to the expressway. On the right side, neighborhoods such as these have started to revitalize Ashlyn. Unfortunately for the expressway, most residents of neighborhoods like these prefer to use public transport instead of the roads.

     

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    When the Parisidia County decided to replace all  the old New Flyer XD 40 Buses with the new model XE-40s and XE-60s, most of the bus infrastructure, like the trains, were left here, in the depot next to the highway. 

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    On the right side of the interchange, we have the city of Seeberg, mostly low-income houses and public housing is situated here. Seeberg was the old workers town for the industry in Ashlyn, but after industry demand dropped in Ashlyn, Seeberg was left with the population moving out.

     

     

     

     

     

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    Looking East on National Boulevard. The 1:2 Eiffel Tower replica on the left was made in 1953, to continue the tradition of building a replica Eiffel Tower for every city that was named "Paris". Although Parisidia really isn't Paris, it was close enough that the Lucky Penny Casino hired a contractor to build a replica.

     

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    Past the seedier south side of town, we can finally see some greener pastures. The expressway cuts through the northern suburbs of Parisidia.  Beacon Heights, on the top left, is known for its "liquid grid"- a grid pattern where roads bend and curve to create a sense of small-scale communities that cul-de-sacs promote. 

     

     

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    Near Beacon Heights is the suburb of Westbury, a historical town that retains its past charm.

     

     

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    As seen with the signs on the spaghetti bowl interchange, Ashlyn Industrial Expressway is signed NR-210 throughout its entire route. NR stands for National Route, which designates a less-important route than the ML (Moneyland) Routes, like the A and B roads in England). 

     

    The Future of the Expressway is uncertain. While the south portion of the 210 to the docks will almost certainly be preserved, the north portion from Ashlyn to the northern suburbs is currently controversial. Demonstrations and protest have been common to remove the expressway, mainly due to it being an eyesore and not very heavily used at all. As mentioned above, people in the suburbs just tend to take the excellent and reliable public transport more than use the expressway. Perhaps if the proposed bridge across the North Branch was built, the road would be actually more heavily traveled upon than the road right now in its unfinished and almost useless state. As you can see from the picture below the freeway really starts and ends in the middle of nowhere.

     

    Update May 16th 2018- The Council has seriously proposed an extension of the Ashlyn Industrial Expressway across the North Branch of the river and signing the route as I-161 as a divergence from I-61 above, mostly to take away traffic from the I-61/ML-25 bridge.

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    The Yellow route is the ML-25A, the main connector highway from east to west. The solid red line is the Ashlyn Industrial Expressway currently, while the dotted red line is the city's proposal to extend the expressway so that drivers on I-61 coming from the north can easily get into the city of Ashlyn without either resorting to surface roads like National Boulevard or having to take a large detour on ML-25, then taking going on ML-25A, and finally taking the Ashlyn Expressway. 

     

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    This photo explains the concerns quite well. The Red shows the current route of a commuter that wants to take only freeways from I-61 to the northern suburbs. The green shows a commuter who prefers to take the shortest route from I-61 to the northern suburbs using surface roads (the surface roads have a speed limit of only around 25 mph and have multiple traffic lights on the route). However, the blue route shows the route that a commuter will be able to take using the new Ashlyn Industrial Expressway expansion. 

     

    In addition, this photo also shows the uselessness of the Expressway in its current state for commuters especially from the north. In its current state it is much more practical to just take surface roads through downtown instead of trying to zigzag your way around the city to get onto the expressway. Should the extension be built or should the entire north highway just b demolished to make way for a surface street solution? 

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  16. Kellan V2

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    *The next three paragraphs are just a "story" of the region since this is an intro update. You could skip it if you aren't into reading silly stories... (don't forget to vote in the poll!)

     

    Nearly two years ago I posted an update to The Forgotten announcing a recreation of Kellan and even created this new city journal, Kellan V2, to prepare. Unfortunately, I never actually managed to post an update and at one point Kellan became a completely abandoned project, but not anymore. Northeast Vancouver Island is now back and better than ever with the Kellan Valley and the Alpine Cities.

     

    The Kellan Valley is an urbanized, rapidly growing, and rapidly densifying valley that many now refer to as the "Silicon Forest" due to its bustling tech scene (and overpriced homes to match). Kellan, which used to be a small fishing and farming village on the Eastern shores of Vancouver Island, annexed vast swaths of land between 1981 and 2005 as the area's tech scene started to erupt, and saw it as a chance to create a new "urban village" plan to turn the city into the new gem of the tech world . Many residents claimed that this was just to artificially inflate the city's population for various financial reasons and to attract "hip" tech companies with the idea of urban villages, though Kellan's plan to create a walkable city miserably failed anyway as the city is now just as car-centric as any other city on the North American West Coast. Walkability isn't the Kellan Valley's only problem, skyrocketing home prices due to high demand and low supply, constantly gridlocked traffic, an explosive population boom that continues to stretch regional resources and services past their limits, and a "civil war" between residents over where to build new medium and high density homes while demolishing single-family homes (as many native residents claim lawmakers are trying to turn Kellan into the "Hong Kong of the West") seems to keep the Valley from becoming the true tech utopia it desperately wants to be so bad.

     

    On the other hand, The Alpine Cities are a group of three high altitude cities that are internationally known for their high annual snow totals that allow them to be the perfect winter resorts (the city of Peak not only averages 485 inches/1,232 cm of snow a year but also received over 1,000 inches/2,540cm of snow in it's snowiest year). Cedar Valley, one of the three Alpine Cities, is also home to Henderson Inc., a tech company that is not only known for their smartphones but is also projected to become the first tech company to surpass Apple in yearly revenue by the end of 2018. In contrast to the chaotic urban life of the Kellan Valley, life in the fairly affluent Alpine Cities is actually quite peaceful and continues to be immune to the curse of the dreadful population boom (save for the winter and spring snowstorms that practically bury the cities in snow).

     

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    Current regional map of Kellan

     

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    Current traffic map of Kellan

     

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    Current political map of the Kellan Metropolitan Area. Fun fact, every single urban village of Kellan except for Downtown, Lakefront District, and Gresham, either used to be their own town/city or unincorporated farmland due to the fact that Radiation was actually the former "CBD" of the region and even had the largest population by a wide margin. Areas like Mountainview, annexed in 2005 with a population of 142,000 people at the time of annexation, even had their own municipal laws and local traditions before being swiped up by the city of Kellan in the late 20th century.

     

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    The major freeways that run in/through Kellan. The Interstate 5 is a mega-regional freeway that starts at the US-Mexico border in San Diego, California and passes through numerous large cities including Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, while making the trek up the Pacific Coast to Anchorage, Alaska (although in real life the freeway actually stops at the US-Canada border near White Rock, BC). Similar to other cities along the I-5, the freeway suffers from horrendous traffic that progressively gets worse as you travel North on the freeway deeper into Kellan and climaxes at the I-5/Valley Connector interchange, a huge bottleneck that proves to be a nightmare for residents and tourists alike who are forced to sit through traffic that nearly gridlocks every single evening rush hour. While other area freeways do suffer similarly horrendous traffic, especially the Lakefront Express, their traffic jams account for significantly smaller portions of the freeways' total distance and also don't last nearly as long as those on the I-5.

     

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    A map of the spider web known as the Kellan Metropolitan Rapid Transport [Authority], or KMRTA. At the turn of the 21st century, the region's population boom continued to get more intense, with the region's annual population change peaking at 235,000/year in 2006 (a peak the region has come close to passing). In response to this, the KMRTA came up with a plan to upgrade its puny two-line light rail system into one with numerous light rail and subway lines that will future-proof Kellan's transit and put all the other West Coast cities to shame. While the system is definitely not future proof as fast population growth has outpaced public transit upgrades, it definitely has put the other wannabe walkable cities of the West Coast like to shame when it comes to light rails and subways (however, cities like San Francisco are still significantly more walkable than Kellan and it's suburbs).

     

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    Some preview shots of selected areas in Kellan

     

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    (Lakefront District area of Kellan)

     

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    Usually, replies will be at the bottom but there are none, so hope you liked the intro update and don't forget to vote in the poll!

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    So here is an idea what just come into my mind few days ago. with the time being, I feel like SimCity 4 almost feels like to be turned into a sandbox games (mostly done by my experience of playing this game from 2008). Although I still use the "city grows" and such thing in SimCity 4, but its feel different with how I played SimCity 4 back in 2008-2009 days which is to grow the city from zero and pretty much use all of its functions. 

    This Journal which I just start is mutually independent from my other CJs (I still do my other CJ anyway). It will basically show the progress of a city grow from zero with how it might be intended to be by the original Game, I still uses mods as usual (East Asian Plugins) but I will limit myself if possible not to use any cheat or any related trick (such as using mods). I might also uses some eye candy stuffs (such as slopewall etc) but try not to use any plopable commercial or residential). Also please note that in future post (and this post) I'll post some raw ingame image (might also include the user interface) so forgive me if somebody don't like it.

    Anyway here is the setting for this CJ, I reused the map from my 2009 stuff, Starfishland which I renamed it into something much better. Anyway here is the location where I would like to start:

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    I'll start the city and named it "Wakaba" (means "Young Leaves" in Japanese, suggesting a symbol of a new start).

    As a start in SimCity 4, I'll just make a several grid block of residential, commercial and industrial as well as the powerplant next to industrial

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    The community has turned into a small town

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    Economy looks fine for the start (I plan the trees in god mode since I forgot to do it at start lol)

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    Anyway that might be for the start, let me know how you think about it if I should continue this or no.. Thanks for reading...

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    The story of Hope had spread throughout the region, and what had started out as a settlement of outcasts was now attracting not only those with no where to go, but also well-to-do families that valued the freedom Hope afforded them.  On the corner of Walter and Maple Streets, relatively nice homes were constructed by some of the wealthier families that had moved into the town.  These families contributed significantly to the economy of Hope, helping to further the development of the farms around the town – one family in particular, the Terring family, acquired a large number of cattle that they had graze behind their home, and the selling of the milk and meat became their primary business.

     

    The Hope Council was formed to run the affairs of the town, and would convene every Friday at the Lord’s House Church on Walter Street.  The church was the meeting spot of the town, and the Friday meetings were attended by all.  With the population of the town growing beyond 200 people, it had become important for the residents to have some kind of leadership to help guide the growth and prosperity of Hope.  While the cattle were owned by Terring, the farms were all the property of the town, and the income provided from the crops were distributed equally amongst all the families.  Of course, that did not mean some of the families did not start operating side businesses – the Brook family, for example, now had a couple of trailers in their logistics company to help transport goods not only to and from Hope, but also other settlements in the area.  The Glass family began working as the primary contractors in Hope, building everything from walls to houses, while the Hodom family opened up a design and décor office and helped fabricate furniture for the town’s residents. 

     

    The Hope Council was eager to see the development of the town, and the first project they unanimously voted for was the upgrading of Walter Street – they wanted to turn the muddy dirt road into a cobblestone street that connected all the way to the primary road on the outskirts of town.  They had enough EDs saved up to make the project happen relatively quickly, and once they were down with Walter Street, the paving of Maple Street would begin. 

     

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  17. This entry would cover the last and final Island of the trio that makes up the Principality of St. Wilhelm. Welcome to St. Henrick:

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    Settled around 200 years after the founding of the principality, the island was named after Prince (and later Saint) Henrick, who reclaimed the throne after his traitorous uncle usurped it. To fend off enemy forces from the sea, he built a massive fortress in the center of the island as the headquarters for his troops. There it remained in use as a fortress and later as a monastery until the 13th century, when the Prince's Fortress was built on the main island. In the remaining centuries, the castle grounds remained the property of the Princely family, which uses it as their hunting retreat while a town was founded on the former ramparts of the fortress. Visitors can still enjoy the centuries-old village green in downtown St. Henrick, now featuring a modernist sculpture from a popular local artist.

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    Being the small principality surrounded by water, one of the major problems facing St. Wilhelm's government is the lack of build-able land. With a burgeoning population and massive influx of new citizens seeking fresh opportunities, St. Wilhelm must seek the most value out of every scrap of solid ground without overbuilding and sacrificing the standard of living of its citizens.

    With the consent of Princess Charlotte as one of her first acts on the throne, the old Fortress and Royal hunting grounds were converted to residential use. The ruins of the keep and the castle towers were retained, and roads were built around them to create a pleasant suburban environment. High-rises were built along the repaved access road to the fortress, and the old Rampart Road was widened to create a causeway around it.

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    The view from a drone shows the engineers' effort to preserve history while maximizing land utilization by building roundabouts around each of the ten ruined towers. The ancient town of St. Henrick is located in the upper right hand corner.

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    The ruins of the keep lies in the middle, a memorial to history surrounded by upscale, modern homes.

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    Citizens are connected to the other two islands through the Ft. Henrick Parkway, one of the newest legs of the Slingshot project described in the last entry. Here is the terminus on the Island connected from Nordinsel. Of course, there is also a ferry service to the other islands to serve commuters and tourists.

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    The ruins of the coal power plant and former ammunition factory, built during the last World War, lies on the coast. It served as the main source of power to the island until wind and wave power became the sole (and green) sources of energy. 

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    In addition to the re-purposing of the old Fortress and Hunting Grounds, the government also created one of the most scenic green spaces in all of Nordreich: the St. Henrick Imperial Park and Nature Reserve, located in what was the Royal forest on the Eastern part of the Island, just beyond the hamlet of Bachdorf

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    It is a massively popular attraction, and citizens across Nordreich and beyond came to visit the expansive park, featuring nature trails, camping areas and other recreational amenities. At night, campfires lit up the night sky.

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    On the other side of St. Henrick Park sits the Summer Palace, a working residence for the Princely family. Built in the 1800s over the ruins of the royal hunting lodge. A covered botanical gardens was added in the 1900s. Today the palace grounds offer breathtaking views of the other islands, and is open to the public when the Princess and her family are not in residence.

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    Next: Living, Working, and Playing.

  18. 20180429: The frustration of technology and forgetting what you know

    There's an old saying, "to mess things up is human; to really screw things up, you need a computer" and that's been my motto for about three weeks. To make a long story short, there were a lot of things that happened since the last installment. The title pretty much says it all. And that's where I will begin.

    The frustration of technology...

    Ah, so, let's begin here. A new computer is always a good thing... until you realize the fun happens long after the box is opened. Back in Windows XP, there was a feature called "Transfer Wizard," which was probably one of the best applications ever. But, since Windows 8 was rolled out, this feature was removed. Then the other shoe fell - for some reason, the older computer, where SimCity 4 and other games were installed, had saved files to the Documents folder. Not a problem. I simply booted up the new machine and immediately changed its setting to where the documents folder is now within my OneDrive folder. Then I began the process of changing the older computer's location of the documents folder would also be OneDrive. Problem solved, or so I thought.

    And forgetting what you know...

    After installing Steam on the new system AND syncing OneDrive on both, I decided to "redraw" the city boundaries in the Albemarle region (yeah, I forgot the boundaries in Maxis regions are pretty much set). I dropped in the config file I wanted to use with the region after deleting the stock file. And presto - the entire region was one flat map! Feeling quite bewildered and frustrated, I searched this forum and couldn't find any information. But then I remembered: my gaming notebook. The gaming notebook is actually a misnomer. In short, for every computer game I play, I keep a small spiral notebook with hints, tricks, and notes. After a day of trying to find it, I realized that I probably tossed the notebook out back in 2013 - when I uninstalled SimCity 4. It wasn't until 2015 when I began using Microsoft's One Note to keep electronic notes on the games I play.

    And now, back to our story...

    Unfortunately, the original altered region I was using was gone. So, amid the end of the semester traditions and festivities, I had to redesign the region. I decided to take the advice offered by @kschmidt and adding an area which will be developed into a commercial harbor later on. There were other subtle changes that I did to the coastline to provide more opportunities for creating that "just perfect" vision we all strive for when playing city building games.

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    Above: The altered Maxis London region (re-imagined)
    Below: Transportation map and regional city maps (no boundaries)

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    The 1 x 1 (smallest city zones) are a real challenge on this map - but that's one thing I enjoy. I kept the location and names of the two cities I had begun in the original map on the other computer. Just as before, the plan is that Riverbend will be a bedroom community for the industrial zone to it's east and the future, medium sized city to the south. The third city on the map, Cibumopolis, is a challenge, to say the least. I've decided to style it after several old railroad towns in Missouri.

    At one time in it's history, Missouri had small to medium sized railroad towns, such as Sedalia, which were literally vital railroad towns which linked the eastern and western halves of the United States. But with the automobile, by the late 1930s, trucks and cars changed how goods and people were transported across the nation. And as a result, as the need for trains began a steady decline, the need for newer highways and better road networks soon found many of these small whistle stop towns either abandoned or reconfigured. And that's where Cibumopolis comes in.

    Within the game, the city isn't finished but there's enough progress to share what I've done so far.

    Recently, SimMagazine sat down with the mayor of Cibumopolis to discuss the history of her unique town...
    Note: My 7 year old daughter and I had fun starting this city together. As she sat and pointed out what she'd like to see in it, we decided to make a road network which would make any driver who can handle the highway mess in Atlanta, Georgia, cringe!

    As you know, Cibumopolis is the name given to this city when first founded nearly a hundred and fifty years ago. Because it was a moderately sized rail hub, the founders named the town, Cibumopolis, which is Latin for "City of mess" because the railroad networks literally created a mess for the early surveyors and designers of the city. But all that's in our past. All that's left of the seven main-lines which once converged here are the two lines which remain. When the highway came into town, it followed the old east to west track route at the edge of town and the old spur which once connected to the passenger and freight hub in the south-central area of the township. The old passenger station was torn down and replaced a few years later by the modern passenger terminal on Greene Avenue. But by the time the new passenger station was built, major changes had already reshaped our city.

    As Greene Avenue was widened to accommodate the extra traffic, the property for commercial properties increased. We knew when Wally's SuperBullseye K came to town, it would create new challenges for our small town. Although it was built at the intersection of Main Street and Greene, it would impact small businesses along the old commercial districts on the east side of Main. The old commercial district is only a third of what it once was when both Interstate 27 and State Route 4 were routed near the downtown area... 

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    Left image: Cibumopolis Station, a station less than a decade old, replaced the original three-platform station.
    Right image: The arrival of Wally's SuperBullseye K was both a blessing and a curse for the simitizens of the town.

    Be sure to read our next edition to learn more about the details of the city of Cibumopolis!

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    Still a work in progress and dripping in-game when I get a spare hour or two which is rare....

    Hope to showcase some more over the coming weeks and months. But the below gives an idea of what I'm working on

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  20. Hello everyone!

    Today, we're going to continue our tour of Arquennes' old city *;)

    Let's go!

    24. ARQUENNES - OLD CITY (2)

    1. We begin directly with the city's most famous landmarks, St. Etienne Cathedral and the episcopal palace. They were the symbols during centuries of the city's ecclesiastical power. Now, they attract many tourists. The cathedral's tower can be seen from many kilometers around.

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    2. On the right, the simply named Arquennes Museum, it was built in 1923 to show the many pieces of art that the Episcopal Principality had gathered during centuries. Not far from it, people love wandering next to Cardinal Ladeuze fountain.

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    3. The city is not flat of course! On the Right, St. Jacques' Gate, from the city's first wall.

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    4. People really appreciate pedestrian areas!

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    5. The last picture features several things that I've tried to implement in this city:

    • More roundabouts to make it as much European as possible
    • More curves to give the city a more natural look
    • More green areas. FrankU's parks are awesome for that purpose! I can't stop using them.
    • More empty walls. Cities IRL aren't perfect, so I don't think I should cover every walls, especially when the BAT maker added awesome textures on it!

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    7. Rue du Rempart ('Wall street'), a pedestrian street with many restaurants.

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    8. The train station. As you can see, the building is a bit outdated. Fortunately, its renovation was decided by the national train company.

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    11. The Old Market, an institution in Arquennes, and the Memorial 39-45.

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    14. One small mosaic.

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    15. 3 Bigger views *;)

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    I hope you liked it!

    See you soon *:P

    - REPLIES -

    @_Michael Thanks a lot my friend!

    @kschmidt Thank you too!

    @The British Sausage Your enthusiastic comment: 10/10. Thank you!

    @SC4L0ver Thank you too!

    @younghappy Thank you! That was my objective, great to see it worked!

    @Scirius: I can't tag you, that's incredible... I've been using some of your houses for a while now, they really fit everywhere! Thanks a lot for the comment!

    @Urban Constanta Thank you very much!

    @TekindusT Thanks a lot!

    @nRVOUS It's my own personalised sidewalk. I didn't release it officially, but you can find it here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ff9ua5vic3sws6h/textures perso.dat?dl=0

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    Note: Well lol, hello.

    Randomly decided to make something quick again. It's a shame I haven't been able to make anything more ambitious, but I thought this

    would be a nice intro to the other side of the Mass Effect Universe.

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  22. Update 4:

    While waiting for my experiment to complete, I moved onto other areas of the city.

    The Bankside Parcel:

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    A highrise, intermixed Residential and Commercial area, it's the perfect transition from uptown to the new Downtown.

    Some spaces have been left open for new parks or buildings.

    Just east of it:

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    Same thing as the last parcel, except the commercial buildings are placed closer to the residential buildings.

    Just north:

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    A more apartment-like community. It's upper class, and I'll work on more detailed decoration at a later time. 

    For now, dense trees work just fine for me. As a native Sacramentan, the urban canopy is a must.

    The whole thing:

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    With my next update, I'll start moving into the downtown area.

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