Welcome to update 49 - which features Mosaic Mania! There will be 5 mosaics and one panoramic shot. This is in celebration, essentially, of the 50th update which is coming up as the next update. The 50th update is not actually going to be huge - yet anyways - but this one will be! Today we are going to be in The City of Southlands where there is, surprise, surprise, a construction boom. We will examine some new projects that have cropped up and some massive changes that are occurring in the city.
49.1| Undeveloped space in Southlands is at a premium nowadays. This is one of 2 sites that has been turned into a construction area. This will be a tall, but skinny, office building nestled amongst residential condominiums.
49.2 | This site previously housed an old block of rundown buildings, that was turned into a plaza. A large new office building will sit here, which will dramatically change the downtown skyline. It will dwarf all buildings that are currently constructed, including the current iconic Southlands building right next to it, on the right.
49.3 | On a bright, sunny morning we see it. The first office building. Standing tall around the residential condominiums several new companies have moved into the building. No company has purchased the naming rights as of yet - however it has been rumoured that CallahanTek would be purchasing the rights. Residents are extremely impressed with the look of the building - saying it provides an ultra-modern touch to Downtown Southlands.
49.4| And here is the other new office building. Built as a diamond shape, the building has quickly risen (no pun intented ) to iconic status. The buildings houses several new corporations, expanded companies and relocated offices. More on the relocation in a bit. You can see the degree to which is dwarfs the olf iconic tower in the Downtown Core.
49.5 | Here is a view of the downtown core now, with the new buildings now constructed. The skyline has been rapidly changing in the past years - and it is rumoured several new projects will continue to pop-up. And another rumour has been circulating, which includes the proposal to expand the "Downtown Boundary" - which is the limit of high rises and formal limit of the downtown core.
49.6 | A massive - and expensive - project is now underway in Southlands. Traffic congestion is rising, so the city is taking advantage of empty lands around the city to begin construction on its first system of public transit, an elevated rail system. Its tentatively name is "SouthlandsRail" - though this may change. Here we see the beginning of construction of a spur which will take riders to a terminus in Downtown Southlands.
49.7 | But look, buildings! Remember the mention on relocation in the second new office building of relocations? Several office buildings will be demolished to make way for the new elevated rail spur. They have been relocated to this building by the city in conjunction with the building developer. Housing that is demolished will be offered fair maker value, however will have to find their own new residences. The yellow arrow indicates where the elevated rail will approximately travel.
49.8 | We can see that demolition has begun, with several buildings already being demolished. More will be demolished for a ROW for a possible double-up of the line in the future, so that demolition is done in only one round.
49.9 | This mosaic we see shows the completion of demolition. The large block at the top of the picture - near city hall (which is the building in the top right) will be the location of the line terminus, with a plaza constructed. Space will be reserved for a subway station, another mode of transporation which is currently being evaluated.
45.10 | But where will the riders go? Well, besides to other areas of the cities and its outer limits - there will be a station near this large construction project. But - what exactly is it?
49.11 | A further out view of the construction project. Can you tell what it is yet? No? I will tell you then. This is construction of the new Southlands Municipal Arena. This will be the largest arena in the regions of both Taschereau and Windemere. It will be used for American Football, Hockey, Soccer and basketball. Currently on track are a new franchise for a hockey team. Around the arena large parking lots will be constructed. Large office buildings and residential buildings will be constructed - effectively creating mini-city.
49.12 | More elevated-rail construction is going on - on the other end of the first line which will be constructed. It will currently terminate at the University Campus, near one of the blocks of student campus. It will provide rapid transit to the Downtown core and future stadium for students, when they have some time to unwind.
45.13 | Lastly, we will end off with a panoramic view of the downtown core and stadium area under construction. Click on the image for the full (3682*999) panoramic! This is only half the image. (It is huge [1MB] FYI. )
As always, I hope you've enjoyed this update and are looking forward to more! Comments and replies are always welcome.
I would like to take this time to mention that Windemere & Taschereau continues to celebrate! After recently celebrating 200 comments in the CJ Forum and 100 comments in the CJ Section, Windemere & Taschereau made its début in the Top Ten of Ben's Top Ten (CJ Section) for the first time - while celebrating being first on in the CJ Forum area! I would just like to thank everyone for commenting - its what keeps CJ's going!
Also, I would like to mention that next update will be Windemere & Taschereau's 50th! We will be returning to the roots for the 50th update. 'Till then...