This is the second entry in a series of entries covering Aeroes City. The previous entry covered the dirty roots of the city region that was initially discovered by industrialists. As industry boomed in the city, the population flooded in. Setting up tent, and dropping their anchors, the population needed something a little more permanent. So forth Aeroes City became a city. Suburbs were built, and before long, towering apartment blocks appeared. The township of Aeroes was officially awarded city status with the deceleration of its first downtown district.
Part II: Downtown
Initially, the heart of Aeroes City followed a narrow corridor branching from the Athena Straight Industrial District, through what is today the Northern District. Even today, remnants of the past remain along the busy avenue, that remains skirted by towers to this day. The downtown location in the Northern District had little space to grow, however, and quickly became quite long. With so much population relying on one major artery in and out of town, traffic built up. Commutes became long. Too many buildings relied on the avenue. It couldn't become a highway. The nearby suburbs also opposed the idea of a highway cutting them in half. Eventually, a railway was built through the district, alleviating some traffic issues, and creating others in the process. Level crossings were the only space saving option.The Northern District had outgrown its shoes.
Old, rotting residential towers in the old downtown in the Northern District are a reminder of the undesirable location.
Despite the rot, sims still choose to live here. This intersection is the heart of Northern, with this train station one of the busiest in Aeroes City.
A new addition to the old downtown - a row of commercial offices border the high-tech industry and a suburb of the Northern District. The avenue is a now major transport route with the decision to build a traffic tunnel under the river from Northern to Central.
An overview of the east-west downtown of old. The downtown area followed the avenue from Athena Straight in the west to the diagonal avenue in the east. It was largely a residential downtown, with the population boom from Athena Straight.
Aeroes City was at breaking point, and needed room to grow when the floodgates were opened. From here came the birth of the Central District on the opposite banks of the Aeroes River. By now, the commercial business was paying close attention to the city. A north-south highway was built connecting the banks, and exits placed in prime location for commercial industry. Close to the first exit, the public radio station AM-FM (Aeroes Metropolitan-FM), promoted the initial growth of downtown. Grew it did, the peninsular quickly became a sea of high rise apartments and office space. Boasting all the modern amenities needed to host a growing office population, the Central Region of Aeroes City will go down in history as Downtown.
A snapshot of Central, bounded by Aeroes River, the railway in the West, and the avenues in the South and East. Unofficially, the South and East stretches to the nearby roads.
AM-FM in amongst the eastern commercial offices of Central, at the foot of the first of 3 highway off ramps feeding into Central. The city zoo overlooks the oldest highway bridge in the region.
The heart of Central is home to the Stock Exchange and the Bureau of Bureaucracy. A stones throw away is the minor-league soccer/football stadium, and the major-league baseball stadium. The city wharf is home to high class retail and office space.
At the northernmost tip of the Central District is the convention center. A high-value commercial district has sprawled countless boutique offices at its doorstep.
The civic center of town in the late afternoon. Home to city hall, the courthouse, the central library, and the central firehouse.
As the sun goes down on another busy day in Aeroes City, many sims, region wide, are tuning into AM-TV-9: one of the national TV stations of the Flatlands.
I hope part II of Welcome to Aeroes City has been as entertaining to see as it was to build. The city is still a work in progress, and someday I may have to revisit the downtown area(s). Lookout for part III, coming soon.