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Rome wasn't built in one day, and neither was Detroit.

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As I've said before, it's been a pain to lay out the diagonal streets, but I'm loving the results. If you've ever played on a sports team, it's like practice, and then game time. The streets are a little off, as Downtown Detroit and Downtown Windsor are basically right across the river from each other in that slight diagonal line..... If you go on Google Earth, go to Detroit / Windsor, and tilt the world to a that slight angle, it appears that Detroit and Windsor both have direct North, South, East, and West streets.

The light blue lines are the freeways, the thick orange lines are the avenues and boulevards, the red lines are the one way roads, and you should be able to tell the difference between the roads and the streets. The patches of no streets in some of the filled out areas you see are rail yards and big factories, so I'm just going to use those as Dirty industry zones. (it's Detroit, lets be real.) Zug Island should be quite a beauty as well. I've downloaded some open grass lots on the STEX, and some of the lots have garbage on them, so it should be really cool. I've downloaded plenty of the BSP buildings, the Ren Cen, (also used in my Columbus CJ.) and some Windsor buildings as well. It already is starting to look like a road map of the area.

History lesson:

This one will mostly focus on Windsor... Detroit was found in 1701 as a French fort, and Windsor was found in 1749 as a French settlement. Windsor is the oldest French settlement in Canada west of Montreal, and is the western end of Canada's heavily populated Quebec City / Windsor corridor. This region of Canada holds %51 of Canada's population. (18 million)

This community went through a variety of names before settling on the name Windsor. First, it was called "Petite Cote" French for little coast, as Detroit has the longer coast of the Detroit River. The second name was "La Cote De Misere" French for Poverty Coast because of the sandy soils in the area. In 1892, the city had a controversy on what name they should give the city. The most popular names were South Detroit, The Ferry, (Due to the ferry connecting with Detroit) Windsor, and Richmond. It was named Windsor off of the Windsor Castle in England sense the city had many European settlers.

Windsor now-a-days has a good reputation for a rust-belt city, even though the auto industry hit hard, and has been recognized as one of America's top ten large cities of the future for 2011/2012. Others on the list in no order include Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Charlotte, Mississauga, Las Vegas, Victoria, Hamilton, and Quebec.

On a different note, I just can't help but think about how interesting it would be to drive through Windsor and look at some of the buildings, and drive through some of the rural areas out there. It's probably a lot like the States, but sense it's Canada, it would have a different vibe of course.

Below is an attachment of the guide I'm using to map out the SC4 tiles.

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