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GreekMan

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I HAD TO DELETE MANY PICS ON IMAGE SHACK. I REACHED 500 POSTS SO I HAD TO DELETE PICS IN ORDER TO MAKE ROOM FOR MORE cj PICS. SORRY THAT U CANT SEE THESE PICS ANYMORE.....

Teaser of a new city plus having fun with photoshoppe =) HAVE FUN!!!!

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^ What do you think? Ya I know...its awesome!

Ahhhhh....welcome back! Sorry I haven't had an update for sometime. School has just started so I am either taking notes in contemporary social problems, urban geography, US History or Algebra! Four fun classes! It's going to be a fun semester, I can tell you that! Anyway.....lets get down to business beacuse YOU decided to see this excellent CJ if I do say so myself....

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16.1- City Overview

Welcome to Astoria: the city of canals! Astoria is located about 40 miles east from Auburn. Astoria is roughly modeled after Amsterdam beacuse of its canal system. In a recent census, 64,000 residents live in Astoria. Tens of thousdands of visitors make their way to Astoria via train or by car. Its a popular destination for many Victorians(citizens of the country of Victoria). The city is divided into different parts or wards, escpecially in the city center. Lets take a tour of this wonderful city!

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16.2-Downtown overview

Downtown is located right in the middle of the canal system. The majority of residents work in the downtown ward. Sadly, after 5PM, downtown is not known for its nightlife. Nightclubs, bars, and eateries are found in other wards surrounding the downtown area. Nevertheless, in the daytime, its quite breathtaking.

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16.3-Downtown skyline

Just a closeup of the downtown skyline.

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16.4-Marina District

The Marina District is more of a commecial shopping district. Many shops line the tree-lined streets. Its a nice place for a peaceful Sunday afternoon.

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16.5-Denny's

Denny's is alwasy crowded between 11PM and 2AM. Why? there are lots of hungry kids that make there way to Denny's on the corner of Fig Street and Walnut Street. An average bill for four hungry teens is around $37.65 @ 1AM. Its a popular destination for youth at night and the rest of the population during the day.

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16.6-Tram Depot

The city operates a large tram system. A place is needed to house the many trams that run on city streets during the day. The park accross the street is know as Trolley Park.

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16.7- Waterfront

The Waterfront is a popular destination for tourists and residents. Often people ride bikes, walk their dogs or sit on a bench and view the sunset. Shoppers browse the shops lining Harbor Drive. Its a very nice place in the evening.

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16.7-South Marina

South Marina is home to serveral law firms. Its also known as the Justice District.

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16.7-Astoria City College

ACC is home to more than 12,000 students. The college is located on its own ward thus having its own name, the College Ward. The ATS or Astoria Tranist System serves the college. Between the hours of 9AM-3PM,the college ward is very packed with tons of students.

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16.8-ACC closeup

Just a closeup of the heart and soul of the campus.

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16.9- Professor housing

Professors have their own housing. The college built a small number of 3 bedroom houses. Students are not allowed to visit the professors in their homes but nonetheless, the teachers of ACC have a very easy commute.

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16.10-Chinatown overview

Chinatown is home to a large number of Asian immigrants. Around 4500 Chinese live in this ward. During the day the streets are filled with people spending the day in Chinatown. After dark, Chinatown is run but the notorious Triad gang. They are heavily involved in the distribution of illegal fish to the many chinese restaurants. The city has tried to crack down on the Traids but to no avail.

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16.11-Mao Zedong Park

Zedong Park is the main park in Chinatown. The park provides a small getaway from the urban lifestyle that many chinatown residents have.

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16.12-Chinatown Waterfront

The waterfront is named after Chiang Kai-Shek. its also another popular destination for many residents. it also provides a small escape from the urban setting.

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16.13-Great Temple

The Great Temple serves the religious neess of the community. Around 2300 people can fit inside the building. Xi Shopping district lies behind the Great Temple.

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16.13- Gaumont Mall

The Gaumont Mall is the largest shopping mall in the country of Victoria. over 580 stores are located inside.

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16.14- Gaumont Mall traffic problems

Traffic near the mall can be quite problematic escpecially on the weekends. An average of one accident occurs every 23 minites on the streets that surround the mall.

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16.15-Northern Blvd.

Northern Blvd is notorious for terrible traffic choke points. Even though there is a tram system, traffic can be quite a nightmare during the rush hour period.

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16.16-Admiral Kidd Golf Course

Admiral Kidd is a famous navy admiral of the Royal Army. The golf course was named after him in honor of his brilliant service to the country.

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16.17-Another view

A different view of the golf course.

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16.17-Allied Gardens

The posh neighborhood of Allied Gardens.

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16.18- Sillery

Sillery is aslo known as the French Quarter.

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16.19- The heart of Sillery

The corner of Rue Sainte-Jean and Boulavard Rene Leveque.

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16.20-de Gaulle Park

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16.21-de Gaulle Elementary School

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16.22-City Hall

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16.23-Kenwood Market Place

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16.24-Opera House

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16.25-Hard Rock Club, Library, Astoria History Musuem

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16.26 Underground Mall

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16.27- City Park and Construction of the Arena

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16.28-Rendering of the Arena

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16.29-Switchyard

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16.30-Union Station

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16.31-Convention Center

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16.32-North Astoria

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16.33- Woodhaven

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16.34-Porter Square

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16.35-Standley Middle School

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16.36-Davis Square

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16.37-El Camino Memorial Park

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16.38-Astoria Hills overview

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16.39-Downtown Astoria Hills

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16.40- Sprawling suburbs

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16.41- James Brown Memorial Bridge

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16.42-Million dollar views!

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16.43- 8:15 into the city

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16.44- Astoria Narrows Bridge

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16.45-Evergreen Point Bridge

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16.46-Astoria @ dusk

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GreekMan

Update 15: Sainte-Croix

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Welcome to the small town of Sainte-Croix! The small town is located about 20 mins north of Auburn. The population of the town is roughly around 18,000 residents. The town is famous for its beautiful scenic landscapes from the rolling hills to the curvy coastlines. Sainte- Croix is predominantly French, since it was founded by Jean Valmounte 472 years ago. Bienvenue a Saint-Croix!

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GreekMan

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Welcome to Eureka, a fast growing seaside city with a population of 91,000. the city is located about 283 milies away from Auburn. Welcome to the city by the bay!

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Downtown is home to numberous office buildings and residential towers. By night, dowtown is a thriving place for couple people.

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Downtown's tallest building is the Highmark Building located on Ross Blvd.

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Eureka is home to a small number of Chinese. Around 1100 live in the city. aAound 600 live in the Chinatown making it a packed neighborhood full of clubs and many restuarants.

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The Church of St. Catherine, a large Catholic Church was built in 146 years ago. The church can hold 560 people. The area around the church is home to a small farmers market. It can get quite busy on the weekends. The building around the church and market are home to some of the most expensive shops in town!

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The Riverwalk is a popular place for people to ride bikes or walk. Sam's Subs, a popular deli located on Harbor Street and has sold over 1 million sandwiches in the past 4 years!

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The City Hall is the large rectangle building. City Hall is also the headquarters for the police and fire departments. City Hall is right in the middle of downtown and a fast growing residential neighborhood.

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The West Side is home to some of the most elaborate housing in the city! Apartments can go for $2000 per months and condos can go well up to $1 million!

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Uptown is home to the regional hospital. The area is dead after 5PM since not many clubs are bars are located in Uptown. Nevertheless, its still safer than the Compton neighborhood.

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Eureka Tower was built as an observatory post hundreads of years ago. The purpose was to lookout and see what threats Eureka had to face. The towertoday is a popular attraction and tourists can see a 360 degree view of the city and suburbs!

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Eureka is home to a small ghetto area. The Compton neighborhood is home to 5,000 poor people. The area is notorious for its gang problems. the city has tried many times to redevelop this area but to no avail. The police station a few blocks away does not help out very much since most of the cops are corrupt at that precinct. At night, the neighborhood seems to thrive but its very dangerous past 10PM.

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Doyle Park was built by the city in an effort to beutify the neighborhood. It did not work out and after dark its home to numberous gang bangers and pimps. During the day its fulled with kids but after dark, its a scary place.

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A library was built as another effort to revitalize to area. The library is semi popular with residents in Compton. Ironically, many city residents come to this library to see its unique arcitecture.

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Ocean Golf Couse is located on Harbor Street.

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The intersection of Eureka Blvd and Duncan Street.

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The hottest and most popular neighborhood in Eureka: Eureka Point.

Suburbia:

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A huge blizzard has hit the city:

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GreekMan

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City Hall is packed to the brim. Mayor Gordon has announced his plan to build a new one down the street.

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The proposed neighborhood where the new city hall will be constructed:

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After six months of hard work, city hall was completed:

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A close up:

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Downtown in the evening:

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Several weeks later, Auburn Central Station was planned to be built in the Marina District, right along Harbor Drive...Mayor Gordon was a master of getting things done fast! I was impressed

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Local architect James Brown was hired to design & construct the elevated station. I am a big fan of his work throughout the county.

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The line would run down Market Street and continue along down 4th Ave.

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The original plan was to have a ground light rail but was scrapped by the city council. The city didn't wanted trains to run on streets due to traffic delays. the city counil and mayor asked me what else could work. I told them about having an elevated section and an underground subway line. The new revised plan was approved:

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The completed elevated section on top of Market Street

The elevated line would go around Railview Condos, a newly completed apartment building:

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The line would run along 4th Ave and end in the Parkside neighborhood:

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Downtown on the other hand was experiencing its latest growth spurt. New highrise construction was being built as the line was going thru downtown:

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A completed downtown area:

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The elevated line that run along 4th Ave would head under ground at Division Street. A subway line would now run along Universite Street:

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Within 3 years, the tranist system would spread throughout the county, from the beaches to the suburbs. I was happy to be included on such a project!

GreekMan

~OFFICIAL: CJ REVIEW~

CJ Review by Evillions

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The Auburn Metropolitan Area city journal, opened on May 15, 2011, features an American themed region that progressively expands. The author is attempting to build a very large region while retaining realistic features. At the moment, the author published twenty-two updates.

While viewing each update, I realized that the cities were decent, but nothing special. For example, the road networks were too grid-like and the sprawl was more wealthier than an average American suburb. The suburbs in my opinion require a significant amount of lower-class housing and businesses as I only saw high-wealth offices and services along with decent sized houses and mansions adjacent to each other. Realistically, the amount of wealthy people are much less than the middle-class / low-class citizen. If the author used more custom content, this would have been much better, but I have a feeling of too much Maxis.

In addition to the road networks, most suburbs have developments or less-grid like networks. The only time grids are acceptable are urban centers. Beyond that, the road network needs to be more curvy and unique. However, the author stated that he used grids for its simplicity and less abandonment problems. This could been solved by no-abandonment modifications.

Centering into the city centers, the author does much better in this department than the suburbs. In fact, the ritzy sections of each city were pleasing. However, some of the city centers are somewhat flawed. For instance, they were too utopian as EVERY section were high-class. I would love to see some slums or deteriorated buildings in the outer section of a city center. Besides this, some of the city centers were lacking seawalls. On a whole, the cities need a slope mod because the roads and bridge slopes were too steep.

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Despite these flaws, its a solid city journal because I find the captions to be interesting and that Glenn Harbor was very eye-catching. Besides this, the author did not suddenly changed his playing style in order to gain more attention. The author retained his style while hording loads of followers.

I really would love to see more work done on the cities themselves instead of focusing on completing the region. With more polished cities, this would have been a favorite city journal.

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*NOTE* The original review came with pictures. That original review can be found on Page 1 of the new official CJ review thread located in the old CJ section

Big thanks to Evillions!!!!

EDIT: Sorry for not having recent updates. I was busy with school and now I am on BREAK!!! Expect something very soon!

GreekMan

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Located 2 and half hours outside of Auburn is the small town of Spring Valley! Spring Valley is home to 4,700 residents. It is a very quite town and has its charms. residents are mostly retirees so there a bit of wealth in town. For those who has kids, Goodman Elementary School and Spring Valley High serve the small population of kids between ages 5-18. Welcome to the Valley!

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The small marina popular with the older folks in town:

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The "main drag" in town:

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The small collection of historic row houses. These row houses can get a bit pricy and have 3-4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Perfect for a family!

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The cliffs of Spring Valley:

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The town's only Catholic church:

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The Baptist church:

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Kilroy Bridge:

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A massive storm has hit the metro area.....

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The storm has created a traffic nightmare on the freeways thoughout the city:

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Residents head home ready to curl up next to the fireplace:

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The Science Center has been closed:

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Today's update will be about the City of Arlington and its surrounding suburbs. Arlington is located about an hour and half away from Auburn. Arlington is a very affluent city because the city has its own downtown, sports stadium, college, and an excellent mass transit system! Arlington residents make a median income of $160,000. Welcome!

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Riverhead is located about 20 minutes north of Arlington and has a population of 3800. Riverhead is home to a small number of gangs and thugs. Each side of Riverhead has its own gang making Riverhead dangerous at night. Local police cannot control the gang problem. Residents are looking to political leaders for help but those pesky politicans are secretly for gang activity due to the fact that they get a bribe every week to keep out of gang activity.

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North Riverhead and South Riverhead are connected by the 2PAC Memorial Bridge. Ofen at night each gang will dump a body into the St. Christopher River. You don't want to be a passerbyer when a event like this happens. No sirrebob! Riverhead General serves the residents of this small town and is often busy treating gun shot wounds.

Soccer is popular in Riverhead. Each side has its own Little League soccer team. Games can sometimes get very out of hand and parents often get involved. As you can see Riverhead is a very divided community.

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Located about 15 minutes from Downtown Arlington is the small town of Aspengrove. Aspengrove is located on Arlington Island and has a population of 3,900.

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The central part of Aspengrove. The park in front of City Hall is used as a recreation area for families and buisnesspeople during the day. Other times it becomes a meeting place for the whole community and is often used for political rallies.

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The regional rail system passes thru Aspengrove connecting the town to the rest of the county.

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Aspengrove has some beautiful homes located around the downtown area of Aspengrove:

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About 30 minites North-East of Arlington is the town of Ravenswood. Ravenswood has around 12,500 people living in the city limits. Ravenswood is know for its canal that runs thru the city. Welcome to Ravenswood!

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The canal that cuts the town in half:

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Raveswood is also connected by the regional rail line.

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Trains pass the allyways of Ravenswood. Allyways along the tracks are an uncommon feature in Ravenswood. You can often see people in their ally washing their car, neighbors talking to each other and weekly BBQ's on a sunday afternoon. The residents of Laval Street are very proud of their ally!

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Ravenswood has very nice neighborhoods...

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and some not so very nice

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Arlington Point is the poorer section of Arlington. Wealthy residents of Arlington want nothing to do with Arlington Point unfortunetly its a part of their city that they are ashamed of.

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Finally! We have now come to the City of Arlington! Arlington is home to 50,000+ residents. now you may ask why there is a downtown as big as this for a city of only 50,000. Well as mentioned above, median income is $160,000 making it a very rich city. Arlington has its own college, art gallery, transportation, and even its own airport!

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John Burnell was an Arlington cop when he was killed outside his home by the Falcotti Family. He was the cop that arrested the head of the Falcotti Family when Arlington was a terrible place to live. The city decided to name the clock tower in his name. Since then numberous citizens and politicans have stood up against crime in Arlington. Improvements have made this city extremely rich!

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City Hall is home to the Arlington City Governemnt. Mayor Justin Burch has enjoyed a 12 year term and is up for re-election next year. He is loved by 92% of the city. We will get to his home soon.

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Between City Hall and the Arlington Market is City Park and City Park Station. The park provides green space for hungry downtown works during the lunch period. Downtown busnesspeople can often by seen eating on the grass and peacefully enjoying the noise of the freeway traffic.

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Arlington Market is home to over 100 venders that sell things from flowers to chow mein. Everything can be found in the Market District. Next to the Market is the City Art Gallary home to over 150 paintings.

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Arlington Community College is home to 6,000 students. The area is often packed during the day. The College District is also home to a large number of Greeks. St. Pauls's Church can fit 1,200 inside. Tons of Greek resaurants and stores are around the church.

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Arlington has its own AAA stadium. The Bombers of Arlington have won the championship 3 times. Arlington Stadium can fit 12,400 fans at one time.

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Near the stadium is the richest part in the entire city. The average income here is $1.2 million dollars. Welcome to Belmont!

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Arlington outskirts:

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Arlington has its own airport as mentioned above. The airport serves the city and runs regional flights only. The airport can get quite busy in the evenings.

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Heading back downtown is Church Street. The church however is not located on Church Street ironicaly.

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Downtown is home to numberous headquarters and firlms. One of those headquarters is Chase Back:

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The Fashion District is home to 4 large demartment stores. Just don't go there around 5PM:

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Harborside District is home to residental buildings as well as commercial buildings. It is a very expensive place to live or buy space.

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SoDo or South of Downtown is a residential area and is home to 3,400 residents. It one of the most popular districs in the city!

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The endless suburban sprawl:

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Finally, Mayor Justin Burch's house. The milti-million dallar mansion sits on the water and overlooks the city. Mayor Burch can be seen playing with his five kids, in the garden or swiming in the pool. The Mayor makes around $350,000 a year drives a Mecerdes Benz S-Class AMG and sends his kids to the best private school in the city. He is truly living the dream! Tip your hat to Mayor Burch: a sucess story!

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Don't Forget! :read:

GreekMan

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Auburn Mass Transit (Part I)

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I had just finished teaching my afternoon urban planning class. I started walking to my office in Maher Hall when I got a call from an unknown number.

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“Hello?”

“Good Afternoon. This is Brittany Carson from the mayor’s office. Mayor Gordon is interested in having a meeting and discussing several important issues with you. The Mayor is extremely busy later this week and was wondering if you could meet with him in about 30 minutes at City Hall?”

“Yes! Sure, I finished teaching my class so I will be able to come right away!”

“Great! I’ll let him know.”

“Thank you and good-bye.”

“Goodbye and have a good day.”

I hung up the phone and was excited! The mayor wanted to see me!?! What an honor! I turned back and walked to the parking garage and went to B5 where I parked my brand new toy, a Camaro SS! Pretty good on a teacher’s salary, huh?

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Anyway within 5 minutes I was on the freeway heading toward downtown.

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As I got closer traffic worsened,

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I got off on Broadway and made my way to City Hall on First Ave. I parked in the garage under City Hall and grabbed my briefcase from my trunk.

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I walked into City Hall and asked the receptionist where the Mayor’s office was.

“Third Floor, north wing.”

I walked up to the third floor and found the secretary to the mayor sitting behind her desk.

“Hello. I’m Chris Brewer and I have a meeting with the mayor.”

“Ok. I’ll let him know. Please take a seat.”

I found a chair and sat down and picked up a magazine. It showed the mayor on the cover of Auburn Weekly, a weekly magazine obviously. I glanced at the article but before a could read it Brittany Carson interrupted me and told me the Mayor was ready.

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I entered the Mayor’s office. It was a lot better than mine in terms of space and ammenities! On the walls he had pictures of numerous skylines from cities from around the world, framed magazines and newspapers about famous events over time, and of course his diploma from the University of Auburn.

“Greetings! I have been looking forward to speaking with you. You are a legendary urban planner since you fixed the problems of Detroit. Let’s sit down and get right to business. Would you like anything? Coffee? Tea? Water?” said Mayjor Jim Gordon.

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“I’ll take a coffee with cream and sugar. “(he paged his assistant and asked for two coffees) “Thanks for the great words. That problem in Detroit was a pain but eventually it all worked out.”

“Yes it did. Auburn faces a different problem: too much traffic. City roads are always congested and highways are choked. Auburn is exploding with people and it’s hard to keep up with it. I have twenty building construction approvals that are pending. There is a lot to do to cope with all these people moving in.”

“Yes, I know. There was a lot of traffic heading into downtown. Actually, my class has come up with a few mass transit solutions. Buses are already packed so something new is needed.”

“What ideas have you and your class come up with.”

“Well,” I started. “One idea is to build a subway but that’s way too expensive. Another idea is to have an elevated system coexisting with a ground light rail system.” I showed him a few drawings from my class notes.

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“I’m listening,” said Mayor Gordon sipping his coffee.

I continued….

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Stay tuned for the Part II of Auburn's Mass Transit!

GreekMan

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Greetings all! This week will be seeing Auburn as never seen before on ST. This update is dedicated to 20 outrageous photoshopped images from across the region! ONLY @ Auburn you will see crazy photoshopped images!!!!

WARNING: DO NOT stare at some of them for too long!!!!! YOU have been WARNED!

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GreekMan

Hello! Sorry for not having an update since the middle of August. I was in Santa Barbara, California for 10 days then I came back and started school which was last week! Hopefully I can get back into the grove of things and update more frequently!

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Last time we were in Auburn, she was in the mist of a large population boom. AS the first couple thousand people arrived into the harbor to call Auburn their new home, the city quickly began to widen (1) Harbor Blvd running east-west and (2) Broadway which is Auburn's longest street that runs north-south. Other projects included rezoning for higher density buildings and adding a park in back of City Hall. Before major construction happened, downtown looked as such:

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City Council approved the steet widening project with a vote of 5-2. After the approval by the city government, city surveyors quickly began to survey the existing area and draw up plans for a street expansion. The area before construction began:

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Two weeks after the plans and drawings were finished, the city began to transform its major downtown streets from a two lane road to four lane avenue. The city hired refugees that had just arrived in the city's major port. An estimated 3400 workers were used which made this project run smoothly. Construction began:

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Unfortunately, several downtown buildings stood in the way of the project. The city was forced to use eminent domain to secure lots that needed to be torn down in order to expand Broadway:

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Within a couple of months of construction, which turned downtown streets into a living nightmare for commuters and residents alike, the street expansion project was complete!

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City planners argued wheather or not, Broadway should have been placed under of above the freeway. A vote was cast among a group of city planners who sprearheaded the project. The decision to go underground was won 3-2:

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A new park behind City Hall gave the residents around the Civic Center some much needed green space. The Churchill neighborhood(named for the small hill that the Baptist church is perched on) was happy to see a new space for recreation:

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With all the new construction going on, City Hall approved construction of three new buildings within the downtown core. the first and third builds went up within a matter of several months. The last building took about ten months to complete.

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The building on the left is home to the Taylor, Taylor and Hon Law Firm which employees and estimated 1,900 workers. The middle building is home to the newly established Center City Development Corporation or CCDC for short, which was created to oversee all downtown projects. Finally, The builing on the right is home to the HSBC Bank and is the national headquarters in the Republic of Columbia.

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Within a year of hard work, a small two week strike over food processing and with the help of thousands of workers, a new city skyline was born:

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Don't forget to post! :read:

Thanks for doing so. It means so much!

GreekMan

I had a wonderfully planned update to show you. It had detailed descriptions of every picture but then my computer froze and i lost everything. I had been working on it for 3 hours before this happened. Maybe one day i will place detailed descriptions.... Welcome to Victoria.... :cry:

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Don't forget to comment you lurkers! :read:

GreekMan

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Today we will be looking at the cities of Oakville and Rockaway Beach. Oakville is the second largest city in the AMA (Auburn Metropolitan Area! with a population of 42,000 people. Rockaway Beach is a trendy beach town 35 minutes away from Downtown Auburn. Rockaway Beach is popular with tourists! Welcome to Oakville!

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The older part of the City of Oakville. The buildings may look old and rundown but major renovations have made this neighborhood a trendy place for young people:

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The Oakville Public Marketplace. It's a very busy area during the evenings:

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City Hall:

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Part of the downtown skyline:

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Historic rowhouses dominate Pearson Street:

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St. John's Catholic Church:

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St. John's Catholic High School:

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Oakville Central Police Headquarters:

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Oak Hill provides great views of the city:

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Port of Auburn (located in Oakville, it makes the people of Oakville mad :P )

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Coleman & Sons Factory:

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Domino Sugar Company:

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Fuel tanker:

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Industrial sector of the port:

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Big Box:

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Ocean View Heights neighborhood:

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Anthony's new restaurant:

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The multi-million dollar houses that overlook the harbor and city:

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The suburbs of Oakville:

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Freeways connect Oakville to the rest of the metropolis:

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Rockaway Beach overview:

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From bungalows to rowhouses, Rockaway Beach offers expensive homes:

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A hot day at the beach:

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Rockaway Point:

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The lighthouse:

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The lighthouse @ night:

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$1.4 million can get you a 5 beadroom house right on the water with a great yard:

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Windsor Island Drive winds around the entire island:

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Where the suburban sprawl ends and the forest begins:

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The region so far......

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Don't forget to comment! :read:

GreekMan

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Welcome to Auburn's Regional Airport! NOTE: My airports may not seem very realisitc to some so please don't bash mine. This is the way I do it! Nnuff said! :P

Auburn's airport connects the citizens of Auburn to other major cities around Auburn. The airport does not connect people from Auburn to one of the major cities around the world. You must fly first to a major hub then connect to go anywhere else. Auburn is still too small for a major airport.

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Two closeups of the terminal during evening rush hour. The airport can get quite busy:

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The airport has only one runway, Runway 9. More are being planned but those are long term plans.

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The near-by commercial warehouse/office district

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The Windsor Bridge that connnects the commercial area with the town of Windsor.

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The town of Windsor, located on Windsor Island, itself:

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The small but vibrant downtown district.

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Some cheap but beautiful homes located in Windsor. Even the mansions sell for a maximum of 250,000!

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There are a few small towns located around Winsdor. They are tiny towns served by the sheriff's office located in Windsor.

The town of Aleridge:

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The town of Berkley:

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The town of Walker:

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The town of Webster

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Some of the farmland that surrounds these small byt quaint towns:

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It's Vacation time for Auburn. NO updates for three weeks!!!!! BUT keep the posts and views coming!!!!

20,000 VIEWS!!!!!!!! Thanks for making this CJ the most successful CJ in the new section( and also for me). Four weeks atop Ben's Top Ten List!!

GreekMan

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Here is a little teaser for the Auburn Int'l Airport. Update will be ready over the weekend!

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Here is the small town of Winsor, located on Winsor Island on the outskirts of the city, as the storm hits Metropolitian Auburn

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I will also get your commonts over the weekend as well!

GreekMan

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Toady we will be looking at the Western part of Auburb. This part of the city includes the neighborhoods of the University District, Hilcrest, Mission Hills, Ocean Beach and Auburn Point. The University of Auburn is located about 10 minutes from downtown where as Auburn Point is about 20 minutes from the center of Auburn.

Just an overview of this part of the city:

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Lets take a look at the University of Auburn which is home to 25,000 Students!

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The Fine Arts building is one the bottom of the picture with the little pond. The Architecture and Urban Planning Department is located above the Fine Arts building.

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The college library is the building with the circular glass facade which had around 1.2 million books!

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The Science Building with the university's baseball stadium:

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The football stadium which is home to the University of Auburn Lions!

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Some of the never ending sprawl.....(Please don't bash my grid system! I will always use grid. You can ask me why if you want to)

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Hillcrest is home to the gay and lesbian community of Auburn. Even straight couples make Hillcrest their home due to the excellent nightlife in town! Hillcrest will be a major target for revitialization when the time comes. (We are a few updates from this)

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Mission Hills is considered one of the most historic neighborhoods in the city. Homes from decades long ago border the tree lined streets.

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As stated before in one of the previous updates, Jim Gordon is Auburn's 45th mayor. the mayor is liked by most of the citizens and neighbors often bid the mayor a 'Hello' if he is outside. He lives in this mansion( which has housed all 44 of the previous mayors) with his wife and their four kids. He can often be seen working in the garden, playing with his kids on the lawn, or washing his 5-Series BMW on the weekends. The Mayor's Mansion is a quite and calm suburban home.

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Some of the million dollar homes that line the peaceful streets of Mission Hills.

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No one really knows why the city built this observation building 167 years ago. It is still a mystery to the residents of Mission Hills. Nevertheless, thousands of visitors visit the Mission hills Observatory Building every year which provides great views of the city!

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Summer time is here time so pack your towels and lets head to the beach! Ocean Beach is the only city beach in Auburn which makes OB a crazy place in the summer. Residents and tourists take the beach every day in the summer.

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As you can see traffic into and out of OB is a nightmare! Residents often complain of the traffic noise and want the city to put up a sound barrier.

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The 'downtown' district for Ocean Beach. Ocean Beach Boulevard is often congested as it meets up with Ocean Street. Lots of bars, cafes, surf stores line the street.

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Ocean Street is home to some prime real estate. Ocean Street is famous for multi-million dollar penthouses and $5,000 per square foot apartments thus making it prime real estate! That's what you get for some prime beachfront property!

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Finally, we arrive in Auburn Point:

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These homes can range from $350,000 to $600,000:

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Some of the homes that line the beautifull cliffs along the Auburn shoreline. These are million dollar homes which overlook the Atlantic Ocean:

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EDIT: I want to thank everyone who has made this City Journal very popular over the past month! Over 15,000 views and over 100 comments! I am very touched by all this and I really want to thank everyone for their views and kinds words of support. Each comment does wonders for me! Keep up the good work, as will I!

GreekMan

Due to recent interest via comments about the region view, here is the Auburn Metropolitian Area....so far:

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GUIDE

Black: Port

Green: Residential

Yellow: Farms

A new suburban update is in the works...Stay tuned!

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