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Continuing along a rail line to Mitte, I moved on to the next town, Charlottenberg. I planned on two light industry towns along the railroad heading east, and a residential/resort town to the south - basically the same structure as Wilhelmstadt. The first rail town, to the west, ended up with a lot of greenspace:


The second town was built similarly to the second resort town in Wilhelmstadt. This time, though, the beaches went on the canal to the north. I had an avenue connecting to the mainland as this would be the primary road access to the island. The net effect was to move the focus of the town north so it partially merged with the first town:


The rail line had to jog a bit north for the last town to dodge a pond. I built this town to become more dense than the others I built recently with several north-south avenues. By this time my industrial demand was really low and nobody wanted to build in the industrial areas.


All the greenspace does indeed make a difference: I got a news report proclaiming Charlottenberg a green city - in spite of that respectable industrial district. Nice to get a reward for that work. I put a rail museum in for spacing and after some development here's the whole district:


In spite of my industry demand problems I decided to go ahead and start with some plans for Mitte. My basic idea is to build a ring of rail towns around a center of "nice stuff" and develop over time into a radially oriented city showcasing a reasonably attractive city center. I haven't yet decided what to put in the middle yet so I'm going to start with the rail town ring. Continuing the rail line over from Charlottenberg the line passes near a small lake so I plan for a village along the edge. The village is mixed use, with some farming to differentiate it from the Charlottenberg towns. After passing through the center of town I split the line into three parts: one northeast, to go clockwise, one south, for counterclockwise, and one east, to connect to the center (eventually).


The village isn't quite financially stable, so I continue along the ring to build another rail town, with a connection to the NNW adjoining region. This village is built largely as a farming community. Here's a night shot:


And, finally, here's a shot of the region as it stands. I've had to zoom out to accommodate the eastward rail extension.


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