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A life in the suburbs, or a life in the city...

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poshbakerloo

Forest Hills...suburbs, farms and more!

Forest Hills’ expansion has been rapid. The result has been a whole load of suburbs. The latest addition to the area is Trentwood. Family homes, small parks and narrow streets make it a perfect place for young families to grow up in.

The other side of the hills lays the small farming community of Franklindale. Their main link to Forest Hills, Columbia and Astoria is a rail link that snakes its way through the hills. Ground water pollution has always been an issue in that area, but now it is less so with the addition of water cleaning plants in the local area.

Franklindale is sat behind the hills that the small town of Forest Hills is built on. This creates a rain shadow. More of the water for the farms comes from underground water supplies.

The small town of Franklindale, surrounded by farms:

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Farmland, rail junction and some houses:

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Trentwood, the new suburb of Forest Hills:

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Railway station near Trentwood/Hillsdale:

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Elevated rail junction constructed over the highway:

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poshbakerloo

Forest Hills, was once a small town on the top of a hill. Before only a few thousand people lived there.

The city of Columbia, just down the Columbia Freeway is growing fast, and space was running out. So Forest Hills was looked at for expansion...

Planning was approved and the all new town of Hill View was built...

Updated region view:

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Updated transport view:

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Overall view of Forest Hills:

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The hillside road network linking up the two places:

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Shopping area and parkland:

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Middle/upper class housing in Hillsdale:

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More coming soon :)

poshbakerloo

Astoria has been growing pretty fast. The growth has mainly been in suburbs in recent years. Winchester is a new suburban neighbourhood which has sprung up in the south western corner of the town. It also includes a shopping plaza and an expanded bus network...

Included in this update is the all new metro rail map for the Astoria-Columbia Area...

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Mid wealth houses north of the new Winchester area...

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Winchester Plaza, the central shopping area...

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Houses in the parkland area of Winchester...

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Central Avenue, Winchester...

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poshbakerloo

Astoria is a planned new town, built mainly as a housing development for Columbia, a lot of it is still under construction...

The Astoria Freeway circles the outside of the town allowing fast access in and out to Columbia and beyond. Mass transit in the town is plentiful. The Astoria Metrorail runs around the whole town giving its passengers a fast service to the industrial area.

The town is built in the Fairmont valley. This means that is does suffer from extremely high temperatures in summer. Even in winter it can still be pretty warm. This is due to its semi arid climate. Pine forest surround the town, and they do suffer from regular forest fires...

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Updated reagion view:

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Updated transport view:

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Overall city view:

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The all new Springwood estate:

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And people sure did:

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Rail underpass, this allows Springbourne to have fast access to downtown:

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Lower class houses in Wood Haven:

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Industry:

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New suburban homes in Springwood:

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Springwood Circle:

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More comeing soon...

 

poshbakerloo

Forest Hills is a small town that really hasn’t changed much since the 1950s. The small downtown area has some medium sized office buildings and some shops. The town centre features a nice, but small park with a church.

Although rather cut off, Forest Hills keeps on attracting more and more sims. Maybe future growth will change everything, and not necessarily for the good?

The town is located on the top of a hill, called Forest Hill (hence the name). The climate, whilst very hot and dry like most of Fairmont County, is slightly warmer that the neighbouring city of Columbia. This is mainly due to more exposed location...

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The main issue that the town has currently is road access. The main road out of town links to the Fairmont Freeway, but this narrow linking road is getting increasing congested, putting some sims off visiting aswell...

Region View:

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Transport View:

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Overall view of Forest Hills:

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Downtown, showing the park, offices and shops:

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Family homes:

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The eastern side of town:

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Fighting fire is very important. The dry forestlands around town set alight every summer:

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Talking of fire...FIRE!:

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poshbakerloo

This is a whole new CJ that I have started after quite a while of doing nothing...

Its not ment to be a "WOW look at all my custom content" CJ, but more about looking at making a nice city in Simcity...

Columbia is the county seat in Fairmont County. Located in the pine forests of Fairmont County, between the hills the divide the whole place up. Columbia is a planned new town that has only been around since the 1920s. Downtown in the centre, and sprawling suburbs around it. It has been very popular with young families, but since then the average age has risen quite a lot due to an ageing population.

A large network of wide avenues and highways link up the narrow side streets of Spring Meadows, Gracedale, Sunny Hollow an several other suburbs...

The climate of the area is semi arid. There is very little rain and the summer temperature rises above 30c regally in the June-August time. Winter can be very cold, without snow though. But it has been known to drop to -5c.

Local weather data:

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The population of Columbia was once growing fast, but has since levelled off... 

Region view:

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Transport view:

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Overall city view:

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Downtown:

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Spring Meadows, first suburban area built:

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Sunny Hollow:

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Sierra Springs:

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Creighton, the industrial area to the north:

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Gracedale, the newst suburb or Columbia:

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Wanstead, mid weath houses:

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