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Update 6: Looks Can Be Deceiving

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Welcome to another update of Holt District!

In today's update we're in the small town of Dofino, population 15000. The town by first glance is not all that exciting.

Get off the highway and there isn't much. But if there is something many people have learnt in their travels, don't judge a place by its cover. With a vibrant downtown area and strong BIA - the small-town charm this town emits attracts people from accross the region to its merchants.

Although it doesn't have the stunning views Shorecoast does - it doesn't have the sky-high realestate prices, either.

We will take a look at the town - which could soon be the scene of a building boom. Let's go have a look!

As a reminder, be sure to check out

- it will play a HUGE part in the future of this CJ.



Looks Can Be Deceiving - Welcome to Dofino!


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When one pulls off Highway 40 in Dofino, they aren't greeted by much. A service centre and a giant wind turbine welcome them to town.


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But drive a bit further, and you reach the centre of its charming downtown core. With small shops, offices and a small Piggly Wiggly grocery store, the charming core is a draw for those looking for a quiet get-away.


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The shops draw people from across the region during the holiday seasons thanks to aggressive marketing by the Dofino BIA.


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Adding to the bustle of this small downtown area is the town's library - a popular spot for residents to go on a rainy, grey day thanks to the large reading area and fireplace inside. It is also a meeting space for residents, where resident associations have their weekly meetings.


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This is the former HQ of the former Wreshaw County - and also served as the County Courthouse. Wrenshaw merged with The Regional Municipality of Saltfield to form Holt District.


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Not everything is rosey, however. Previously lax planning laws led to the construction of these 2 stores, a Verizon Wireless outlet and Goody's outlet. The Town is working with the land owners for a possible reconstruction of the 2 properties, but nothing has come to fruition.


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The town is home to several lush suburban houses, with large properties. It is a popular area for families, as prices for houses are lower than many other cities. Due to the distance north, the average housing prices are $350 000 in this town.


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Recently the Region expanded one of the elevated rail lines north to Dofino, providing even easier access to Downtown Sherkston.


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The newly extended line has lead to several new housing developments in the area...


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...and all these new houses have led to an increase in services available...



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...and the increase has made Dofino more attractive to house-buyers, spurring development. See a pattern emerging?



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That's all for today - I hoped you enjoyed Dofino! It may not look like much from the highway, but go further away from the highway and you will discover what we did today.



Next Update: We will continue to explore the existing Holt District settlements.

Be sure to checkout the completely redesigned Holt District maps website: No

w featuring more than just the regional streetmap!



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Fantastic update!

The American suburban feel is very present in this update - I love how you took us on a tour of the road, showing us the construction coming up :)

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Great town! I like how lively it is :).

You should totally get an el-rail/tram skin mod. I think it would look amazing with the rest of this scenery!

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Great job on the last few updates!

Just a question- where do you get those awesome houses that you use here? They seem to complement the environment nicely.

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1. This CJ keeps getting better, although I have a tip, If you could add some flora to the blank areas, such as the first and last pics :)
2. answering for sri2 if I may - I believe the multitude of those houses are from mattb325. Am I right, sim_link?

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