Downtown was originally planned for the east side of the highway, but it has since been moved westward. "Old downtown" as it is called now still exists, and is bustling with restoration efforts. This shows downtown from 1910-1997. Enjoy!
Downtown, c. 1910. Downtown was just starting to grow at the turn of the century, and with Pacifica's 50th anneversary from United States Independence, great celebrations are looming. Small family homes are located all around the "CBD," and with Pacifica's first skyscraper, the 18 story Shoevalle Tower, being erected, downtown was looking at a bright future...
Downtown, c. 1946. Over 30 years after 1910, Downtown Pacifica City was a bustling industrial city. With the seaport and market under construction 4 miles north of downtown nearing completion, the old cobblestone streets of yester-year are being paved over with all new concrete and asfault streets. The Shoevalle Tower is no longer the tallest, it has since been surpassed by the Allingshower Housing Projects, another sign of the times in post-world war II Pacifica. A baby boom is soon approaching, can the city cope?
Downtown, 1953. The 70 year old Gates of the Pacific Belltower has been torn down in 1950, and replaced by a large avenue. The newest downtown venue, the Pacific Dome, has just been completed, and a pre game crowd has gathered to watch the new National Hockey league innagural game between the Pacifica City Sabercats(PHL) and the Vancouver Canadiens(Now a member of the NHL). The main roads in downtown have also been widened to 4 lane avenues, as they still are today.
Downtown, c. 1961. The Transnational Highway Act has a lasting effect on Pacifica City, as is visible in the modern times. Here, Transnational Highway 6, now known as the Downtown Expy, is being built, and construction cranes have been moving in to make accomodations for the new transportation system. The Shoevalle Tower is begining to be hidden by the more modern towers of the 1960s. At this rate, how will it compare in a newer higher level architecture market?
Downtown, 1969. Almost in the 1970s, Pacifica's Economy is bustling. However, this is a very important year in the city's history - it was the year Pacifica City was made the new National Capital. It was moved on April 13th, 1969, from Harramore to Pacifica City, due to an increased commercial, industrial, and political market in the Pacifica City area. The National Tower, a temporary parliament, has been constructed out of stock materials and is now the tallest building in the city.
Downtown, 1973. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, a skyscraper boom hit downtown. Several buildings were constructed, including the tallest building in the country at the time, the 35 story Chase Bank Tower (Now Edwards National Bank Complex 1). With the recent economic boom, the government also rebuilt the coal power plants located next to the university.
Downtown, 1988. The highway is finally completed with all extra exits! New towers have been built yet again, and the Shoevalle Tower looks like a ghost building among the new glass mid rises. What could be in store for this construction site? A "new" midrise, the Chase Building B (Now Edwards National Bank Complex 4) has been built along the highway.
Downtown, 1997. The most recent picture is of downtown in 1997. The all new Citigroup Center is the tallest building in the country, standing at a tall 51 stories. And in the midst of all the hustle and bustle of downtown, a new Ballpark has been built. Since 1997, downtown has gone through some MAJOR changes, as you can see in previous updates. For one, Downtown Expy. has been expanded to an 8-lane superhighway, and the industrial park has been bought by private developers for residential development. The area to the south of downtown has been purchased by several government agencies, including the University of Pacifica and the Capital State Dpt. of Transportation. A new campus is to be completed by the end of 2010, and the Edwards Loop is to connect all parts of the inner-downtown area. Restoration projects have just begun on old buildings, such as the Shoevalle Tower.
I hope you enjoyed seeing the history of downtown!