Thanks everyone for the lovely comments! This one is about Parapilla, which I had in my older CJ Mesias, but this time it's just a little different. I'm glad to be back to playing Simcity, I've become almost sick of the Sims after playing it all the time.
Here you can see where Parapilla is located, east of the central part of the city:
Parapilla is essentially a suburb of Santa Leon. Much of the suburb's economic activity is based on tourism, because it is often considered the unofficial beach town of the Santa Leon metropolitan area. Of course there are also a few beaches within the actual city of Santa Leon, but they are more popular with urbanites who would rather relax on the beach after dodging rush hour traffic and crowds of people.
The city has a bit of a skyline as you can see, although all of the high-rise buildings are hotels and condominiums. You won't find any tall office buildings here - those are all in central Santa Leon. Some of the more wealthy people, who inhabit one of the few mcmansion-esque subdivisions built near the golf course, commute to Santa Leon. However, many of the high-end condos and villas are owned by foreigners who go on vacation here.
Like almost any city in Guaracay, Parapilla has its own "old quarter" with Spanish colonial architecture. However in Parapilla, the old district is very heavily commercialized and filled with tourist traps and "authentic" representations of Guaraqueño culture.
Below you can see some condominiums and the "mc-mansion" style housing developments.
One interesting part of Parapilla is that the development stops abruptly farther east, due to government restrictions on development that were put in place to protect the terrain that is vulnerable to destruction. Environmentalists say that the area is home to several unique bird species that live along the coast in this area, so the city has plans to turn the area into a natural reserve park thing-type area. (Pardon my eloquence. )
Here's more of downtown Parapilla and the colonial area. In the center is the modernish cathedral, built on the site of a crumbling old Spanish church that had been falling into disrepair. Most of the buildings around are either old colonial shops or modern condos and hotels.
That's all, folks! Thanks for reading! Here's a teaser of some new developments popping up west of the central CBD area... on Avenida de los Ocupantes (Avenue of Occupants, guess why I chose that name... )