After several days of having my only sim city action being laying out diagonal streets, I figured it would be okay to start developing one of the tiles. I've been going back and forth throughout my sim city playing time today. Besides, laying out tons of streets and not putting any of them to use makes me hurl.
I've started by filling out the east side of Detroit, just east of downtown. This part has been one of Detroit's most depressed areas for a long time, but parts of it are quite nice as well. Lafayette and Elmwood park residential area's have some of the nicer apartments in the city. The display picture is Charlevoix and Vernor, and the north-south street is Mt. Elliot Street. It has been really fun to lay down the patches of grass, mixed in with the trees and other textures. The random houses on the blocks have started to abandon too, getting in touch with reality, which is awesome that SC4 is functioning that way. Both Detroit and Windsor, as well as many large industrial cities, have several rather long, and narrow strips of industry along the railroad tracks, to the right is one of them.
1st Attachment: Rivertown district along Jefferson Avenue, east side of Detroit. Plenty of old warehouses and factories are still in use, but some have also been torn down, which is now full of weeds, tall grass, and urban ruins. The nice apartments on the top that you see is apart of Lafayette and Elmwood Park. Jefferson Avenue has some really, REALLY neat old, historic buildings along it. (I'm a tourist nut.)
The second is Gratiot Avenue just north east of downtown. For those who don't know, or haven't been to Detroit, the surrounding neighborhoods in the Gratiot Avenue attachement, in real life, kind of do look like this unfortunately. Some old shops along Gratiot, and the surrounding blocks are quite empty. But don't judge and think that all of Detroit looks like that. Every large city has an area somewhat like this, Detroit just has a higher quantity, and some of the areas are more severe.
Note: I have put in many buildings in Downtown Detroit, and it's looking awesome. I'm not going to be showing any pictures of downtown though for a while, because Downtown is not something I want to rush, and I know that's what everyone wants to see. Therefor, it would be much more fitting to show that later. Much later.
What will my next update be? My guess is as good as yours. It depends on what I feel like doing.