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Peaceful fields, nice people, fresh air : but what happens when big, heavy and rich industry arrives in that quiet land ? So, might development kills the life on Les Cascades ?

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The end

 I'm here to say that this CJ is over.

 For technical problems (a new PC and not so much effort on copying files), I've got no way to carry on with this CJ.


 Although, I'm not sad or disappointed - it's obviously a short CJ, but it made me proud and happy for seeing how much I could do with SC4.

 I hope you liked it and for the ones who don't know Les Cascades yet, there's 14 pages of an interesting region - or I do think so... LOL.

 Please, enjoy. I'll probably be back someday with a new CJ. Wait and you will see.

 Thanks buddies,






In this post well show you a little piece of Asia inside Les Cascades !

Le Temple ia a small neighborhood located next to the old downtown. This area, once located in a small hill by the sea, was flattened and reurbanized, intending to be a new commercial area. However, the shops didn't come and constructors didn't know what to do.

As asiatic inmigrattion was growing sensitive that time, the constructors started to sell the empty lots to Japanese/Chinese inmigrants by cheap prices.

The name comes from a buddhist temple, built by the first inmigrants. Instead of refusing to support the construction, the city hall approved the project knowing that it would be an interesting landmark.



The Japanese inmigrants and descendents have their shops on Temple central area and nearby. They usually don't live there, living on St. Marie residential areas; nowadays you can see japanese people buying or hanging around the neighbourhood, but renting apartments above their shops to chinese, vietnamese and korean new inmigrants.

(Sorry for the pause mark, I forgot it... O:) 


The Tan Fu Street, along the seawalls, is a great place to relax when eating your obento, or a plate with lots of gyoza, or simply watch the sea and listen to the many unknown languages you hear everywhere...



South Tan Fu street is more chinese, with some restaurants and typical shops. Chineses are a smaller community - barely reaching the 6,000 people.


Finally, a local skyscraper, the old Coca-Cola building, which was located in downtown and was rebuilt at Le Temple.




We'll talk about interesting areas that "flourished" with the Urban Renewal plan.

These areas gained attention by the local habitants, other cities habitants and - most important - by the tourists.

They hold interesting commerce, exclusive services, remarkable architecture - or simply a delightful view.

To start, let's see some particular places that gained more than just some renovation work, but a better concept between locals and tourists.

Eglise de St. Pierre is a dutch-styled church, built next to Gare Central and Hospital des Militaires. Next to new commercial areas, it starts to attract more than just old catholic ladies, but also old churches admirers.


A real interesting place to visit is the old downtown (do you remember ?), with the first city school and the first hospital. The central block also has some old buildings, including the old city hall.


Another very interesting place it's Le Belvédère. From there peple can watch the city moves and also can watch the sea. You can easily see St. Gérome Island and even Foulcaud-en-Ilê in sunny or soft cloudy days.


This is La Colline, a planned offices area. The buildings are now quite old, but there is a really interesting nightlife around, including dance clubs, gay bars, sailors bar (it's located next to the seaport), artists bars, 24h supermarkets, strip clubs, etc. Open minded area with lot of fun.


Next post : St. Marie "little asia" : Temple neighborhood.



The industry urban mess and the lack of connections between St. Marie and west cities demanded urgent improvements. St. Marie industrial districts now look way better and are safer and more pleasent for workers to... work. New transportation links improved the connection between cities, also bringing goods for St. Marie seaport.

East industrial district now looks better and greener.


Industrial complex at west industrial district :


Giving a "new look" to industrial districts attracted great companies. Now, next to the seaport, St. Marie holds a big software company which brought jobs and cash to the city.


Also the seaport went through a renovation. Expanding the seaport made the capacity of exporting/importing good increase. Good for the local economy.


For the railway system, first infra-stractural work was needed. Underground passes were built, tracks fixed and the big tunnel that makes the east-west connection went through some rebuilding.


And, most important, the passenger station. Now, city has several stations, giving the habitants the opportunity to make faster and safer trips through the region. Note that the railway is expanding to connect other cities to the capital.

This is Gare d'Ést.


And this is Gare Central.





I'm gonna show you what have been improved in St. Marie de la Mer now !

The city expasion impact caused problems which were in need to be fixed : Lack of homes, density issues, decadent areas, etc.

The density next to downtown areas was a problem. People living in small houses were refusing to leave their homes to give space for big residential and shops. The government decided to - sweetly - remove those persons to another areas. Downtown started to look more like a big downtown.


To improve the city looking, new neighborhoods were built and sold at the city hills. That was an interesting thing - specially for tourists that may be delighted with great sea views. saintmariedelamersep815.jpg

A really St. Marie classic area, next to the Hospital, went through a reurbanization, to take it from the decadence it had passed after some years. Although, some buildings are still dilapidated. saintmariedelamermar515.jpg

Entire new areas were built at the top of St. Marie hill. Residential only, these areas are beautiful places to live. At the end of the streets, there is usually, in sunny days, a great horizon view. saintmariedelameraug211.jpg

Finally, a urban limit was fixated, separating preserved areas from urban areas. saintmariedelameraug241.jpg

Next update : Industrial & Transports Renewal



Foulcaud-en-Ilê it's a district located at St. Gérome Island, basically populated by old farmers who had their old farms bought by constructors or the government. Although initially they lost what they had, moving to the island (once rejected because of its distance) was a wonderful thing. Here is an old map showing St. Gérome island location.


The main village it's Foulcaud where the major part of the population it's located


The old farmers were lucky because of the natural island beauty. The tourism was a great business to the island, that started to be promoted by the Tourism Department.


To hold the tourists, the government built an hotel which is administrated by the local population, being a great employer.


The tourists arrive by boat from St. Marie de La Mer or from neighboor regions. foulcaudenilaug31041279.png

Farming it's also a business to the island, providing St. Marie fresh products. foulcaudenilmay15061279.png

Hope u liked it ! It was quite hard to make those streams ! Soon I'll get back with St. Marie urban renewal...


7 - Ayers

Ayers was a nowhere village with a dozen of people and a cow. As Limogne expanded, one of two quarters were built, but nothing really changed at all. Things started to get interesting when vacant lots for industries were sold. Then, workers came, commerce came... 

 These are Ayers industries : 


The lack of workers made the Regional Council open an entire new area for houses. The built several streets.


Slowly, the workers came. The new neighborhood is now alive ! 


As you see, the industrial area is connected with a railroad. The railroad is now expanding and it'll end at St. Marie seaport. 

But : how to build a railroad on such a irregular and urbanized terrain ?



Duvaille has been a touristic center for years, because of it's pretty hills and it's old town, with a wonderful view. But, as Les Cascades's been growing faster and faster, this town now don't want to be known only by it's wonderful landscape : but also by it's skyscrapers.

A look at Duvaille old town :


A new downtown grew after the war, and it's pretty classic and charming.


But the demand for offices and new shops gave the opportunity to a not so important Les Cascades district to become the second regional financial district. The new buildings fits well on the landscape, don't they?

Here's the new main street on a bright day :


An interesting fact about the city is that it was one of the first cities to get a tram system... It is quite small, but there are plans for expansion. In fact, transportation it's an issue which regional council has been quite concerned about. You'll see then...




  This is Limogne, a town that once was a small village. It was soon swallowed by the suburban development that happened, and now part of the town in covered with small quiet houses, shops and cafes.

 Limogne has interesting empty zones ready for development. Instead of selling those areas for building companies, the Regional Council decided to do a urbanizing plan, and then sell lots.


 This is the main development plan.


 Of course it's just a small part of new planned areas on West Les Cascades. The new Highway that is being constructed is bringing development to brand new zones.

 Especially on Limogne there's a region next to the Pecheur Lake that may attract... good buyers.


So... What is being built on Limogne ? You will see...


4 - A closer view

 Some air photos were taken, (As I've been some days without updating...) of St. Marie residential downtown and small part of La Chapelle.

 Enjoy !




Hope u liked it ! My first mosaics !


Thanks guys for the comments ! ^^


 In spite of the urbanizing plans, some areas grew naturally. It made St. Marie mayor nd the Regional Council a bit annoyed, but they couldn't stop the development.

 Old farmers agreed to sell their farms for constructors to build houses and some out of town shops (for a good amount of money, yes). 

 The new area is called La Chapelle. Reason why : La Chapelle... de St. Antoine. In a bright sunny day.


La Chapelle is located on the east part of St. Marie, between two districts : Dubois and Monchamp. 


  The new area gave relief to a enormous commercial demand, that comes from the crescent buying power of the Les Cascades population and also from the tourism, that grew with the new seaport.



But an airport is being planned. Only planned.

 However, the shops are still looking for a brand new area. But where ?




 After several meetings, the plan was done : reurbanize, rebuild, and give good pieces of free land to industry.

 They also planned a "development plan" for Les Cascades.

 The plan was...


 Papers signed, they got to work. The first industrial developed zone turned from this :


To this :


And also, the new industrial seaport area :


Thousands of people arrived to work. So the first two residential areas and new commercial buildings were built together and formed an entire new Saint Marie downtown. That's how it looks now :


But the plan wasn't concluded already. There are still many things to do...


1- Let's Build !

Again, here it is.

The industries are arriving...


This is the small St. Marie-de-la-Mer :



It's as small as a village, and it holds less than 10,000 habitants, although it's the main Les Cascades city. It has a small industrial park and several farms.

But in a corner building at St. Marie downtown, a meeting is happening. 

saintmariedelameraug113.png Les Cascades mayor decided to sell two big empty zones for a group of businessman. And also, an entire district.

Now, the Industries are being built. And workers... coming !



Welcome to my first official CJ.

I present you Les Cascades.

West Cascades :


East Cascades :mapa2x.png

The air, the farms, the people... Such a nice place to go, isn't it ?

Les Cascades has been a calm region. But some things started to happen. The industrial potential of the region began to tempt businessman on building their factories on the region. And Les Cascades government accepted it. Well : A farm pay well, but an industry...

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