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A visit to many different cities in Sim North America

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Urbanized Areas Index


In this CJ, you will often read about the showcased city's ranking on the UAI. This post is meant to explain that a little further. It will also be permanently added as a side block on this CJ for easy reference.

The Urbanized Areas Index, or UAI is a tiered listing system for developed areas.

Tier 1 - Tier 1 cities are metropolises with a population of 1 million or more. They are cities important on a global scale and are cultural and economic juggernauts. (ex. New York City, Chicago)

Tier 2 - Tier 2 cities usually have a population of 100,000 to 1 million and are major metropolitan areas. They are anchor cities in a regional and national scale economies. (ex St. Louis, Nashville)

Tier 3 - These cities usually have a population of 50,000 to 100,000 and are key cities of a metropolitan area. They are often anchor cities to a state's economy. (ex. Peoria, Illinois, Rochester, MN)

Tier 4 - Tier 4 cities have a population of 20,000 to 50,000 and do not have a metropolitan area. They are fairly unimportant economically outside of their immediate area.

Tier 5 - Tier 5 cities have a population under 20,000 and are officially titled "towns". These are the most numerous settlements and where most people in the country call home.



In this visit, we will stop by the small town of Richmore.

Tucked away in the rolling forests of Hawkins county, Richmore is a sleepy town of only 3500, making it a tier 5 city on the Urbanized Areas Index, or UAI. Richmore has seen slight growth in the past 20 years increasing in population from 3100 in the 2000 census. Most of the population work in or around Richmore but there are a few who commute to some of the larger nearby cities to work.

The town lies along Highway 52 and is the only town for several miles in either direction. In fact, surrounded by farms and forest, it is the only incorporated place in Hawkins county.

Richmore's 5 largest employers:

Calltech - 125

Richmore School District - 97

Piggly Wiggly - 45

City of Richmore - 31

Overnight Trucking - 24

Without further ado, let us explore lovely Richmore.

Our first look is an overview of Richmore.


Here is the only stoplight in town. It is at the intersection of Highway 52 and State Route 24, both main ways of travel in the region as well as into and out of Richmore. Highway 52 is the priority road as it is the larger of the two in the area and the main commercial strip through town.


Most businesses are located along Highway 52 (marked as Main St. through town)in an area the locals refer to as just "the strip".



Just off of the strip and along State Route 24 is the city's main park, Balmer Park. Named after James Balmer, a local business man who donated the land for use as a park back in 1928.


Here we see some of the residential areas of Richmore.



Richmore has three schools serving elementary, primary and secondary education. The school mascot for the district is the grasshopper with the teams known as the Richmore Hoppers, who have made it to the state championships the past 6 seasons in a row.

Richmore Elementary serves students grades K-5th grade.


Richmore Junior High serves students grades 6-8.


And Richmore High School serves students grades 9-12.


Richmore is also served by a public library which helps the population keep themselves well read and informed. It also serves as the meeting place for the town council which holds meetings in the library's conference room.


Richmore is also home to the Sleepy Pines Resort and Spa. It provides peace and relaxation for locals and tourists and offers overnight accommodations in the main lodge or in cabins on the property.


Here you can see some of the farms surrounding Richmore.


And here we see Highway 52 as it leads out of town to the east.


And now we will leave off with some night shots of Richmore, thanks for stopping in!













Redstone: First Visit

Well a number of things including a computer failure delayed the first real entry in this CJ for quite some time, but now that everything is up and running again we can take our first visit out into the world.

The first place we will visit is Redstone. A small town of roughly 8,000 people nestled in the foothills, Redstone offers small town charm and is a stopping point on the famed Route 43 scenic byway. The town takes it name from the red rock found in the hills and bluffs around the city.

Redstone is known for two things, the first being their classic town square right off Route 43 with the county courthouse, Redstone Cathedral and the town hall.



And the second being a lovely Frank Lloyd Wright home situated right off the main town square. The Rosenbaum House completed in 1939 is now a museum in the city with tours offered hourly during the day.


There are also many other historical homes in the city, many on Post Street in the downtown area.


Another beautiful historical building is the Don S. Davis Seniors Home located on the corner of Industrial Drive and Post Street.


Industrial Drive is also one of the primary business districts outside of Main/US 43 and the downtown square.


We will leave with an overview of the town, which is still expanding as more and more people seek out a slower pace of life and flock to towns like Redstone to raise their families. (A fancy way of saying it's still a work in progress. :P )




In this city journal we will visit many different cities in Sim North America.

Everything from small towns to megalopolises and everything in between.

I hope you enjoy visiting this CJ as much as I have fun playing it.

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