Northwest Addison started out life as a simple stopover, it's one of those places that you find along some highway road that stretches through the mountains for what seems like eternity, and then out of nowhere a small hamlet or town pops up insight. It usually consists of nothing more than maybe a gas station and a motel. Kind of scary at times to be sure.
N.W. Addison was little different, it consisted of a Shell fueling station and a holiday inn express motel. But with the motel came it's bed turners, it's chefs, and all the other staff that one associates with a hotel / motel. Soon enough some of them grew tired of the long commute through the mountains from West Addison so they left the city behind them and built small cottages, moved their trailer homes and shacks into the area.
The road gets a lot of use as it connects West Addison (see earlier CJ entry) a now bustling town with it's own casino to SimNation by way of N.W. Addison.
Unfortunately, N.W. Addison couldn't stay a secret for very long, and soon enough the rich and affluent moved started to buy up parcels of land, and the workers in town had to move back to W. Addison and go back to making that long commute. Lord help them if they run out of gas as the only gas station between W. Addison and N.W. Addison is in N.W. Addison at the local Shell station.
Soon enough, the area around the hotel and gas station was all taken up, and the national forestry service refused to open up anymore lands in that immediate area for the people to buy, so anybody that wanted to live in the mountains of N.W. Addison had to lease land from the forestry service to build their homes. Well, let me tell you, leasing land from the forestry service isn't a great thing to do as they can up and tell you once your lease is coming due again that they don't want to lease the land to you anymore and you're left figuring out how you are going to move your home to someplace else or you have to just leave it behind. Fortunately for now, the forestry service is not pulling any leases.
And so now you know where we stand with N.W. Addison. It is a rural area at the moment with pockets of communities spread out along it's mountains.
And so you can see the first Shell station and the Holiday inn express that was originally the only buildings in town, but as with most stop over places soon enough the rest of the town built up around them.
Another one of the small bedroom communities that is further down the valley of Route 2 that runs through W. Addison, to N.W. Addison and finally on to Sim Nation.
One of the most recent villages that was built. The residents of N.W.A found this beautiful plauteau and thought it would be a fantastic place to live, so once the city managed to get the power poles up to the area to deliver power, the residents started to build their homes. At the moment they are suffering the urge to really expand but again the forestry service says no.
As you might imagine, in communities such as these there are a lot of tree huggers, they hike up the mountain canyon to the area where the shell station is every morning and hike back down every evening instead of driving their vehicles. They live in picture 02 and hike up to picture 01 above.
It seems that as the mountainous roads continue to be built through N.W. Addison's mountains more and more of these bedroom communities are cropping up.
Another bedroom community that has grown up out of nowhere, just because the mountain road continues so do the desire to live here. When the Jones's who primarily live in W. Addison one of the most affluent cities in the region have to have a vacation home, so do the Johnsons, and so N.W. Addison continues to grow, community by community, this particular one is still without civic services and their commercial services are marginal at best, but they do have the only Doctors office in the area so people from all the other communities in the area flock here with their chickens and apple pies (as payment) to the doctor. We haven't figured out why he takes that for payment, nor why the people pay him like that since they are almost all rolling in the simoleans.
It wasn't long before a very wealthy hotel owner decided that this community would be the premier place for his newest and greatest hotel, and soon enough (see slide 5 above) this community grew, out with the old commercial business's and in with the new. They are now demanding that they get a school, police and fire protection. The Mayor is at his wits ends with all of their demands but I have a feeling he's going to cave in and provide them services as the taxes from this hotel should cove them all and then some.
We'll have to see when the forestry service denies anymore leases on land. But at the moment the forestry service is rolling in the money while the city is struggling since it must provide service to these tiny communities which is quite expensive providing fire, sherrifs and medical services.
We'll see where this goes in the future.
Edit: To give you a better idea of these pocket communities, here is an overview of the three or is it four bedroom pocket communities:
The budget is so bad in N.W. Addison that they will be dismantling the huge steel powerlines and selling off the steel for scrap, in place they are going to run the power lines on the more traditional wooden telephone poles that one sees everywhere as they've found they can sell off the steel and put up the wooden poles and still have a surplus in funds of close to $55,000.00 to add to their treasury which they sorely need right now.