After the terrible Day X destroyed the old cities and settlements - the last remaining city is going through a time of growth. The government has reconsidered the design of future cities and implemented the idea of low density and areal growth instead of growing the cities into the skies. It's done do prevent huge numbers of deaths in the futures, if or when such a devastating earthquakes will happen again.
The old townhall and the shops of the old commercial area outside the cityc where relocated into the city center to give place to new suburban areas.
Here is a greater view of the old city center. It has transformed from a residential area to mixed area with shops and offices along the main roads.
Bordering between the city center and the new eastern residential areas is the city's motorway. As the city grew in an areal way, the commercial and residential areas were mixed strategicly and because of the implementation of an rail system, made this motorway obsolute. The number of people using it fell fast and it is considered to rebuilding the motorway into a normal highway and use the recycled materials to new roads.
There was also a big change in industrial areas. Firstly the traffic infrastructure was upgraded and smoothed out with fx a new rail system. Secondly the dirty industries were banned. So the development did go from a dirty industry to a cleaner production area...
...and into a modern hightech area closer to the city center.
There where two mayor city development projects in the last years. The first plan was to grow the city arround the city center together with a suburban area on the other side of the motorway with it's own intracity highways connecting to the industrial area. The first picture is from before the area was completed.
The second is picture from afterwords it is completed. It shows how good the area is grewn together, and shows also the design of the suburban areas - consisting of small pockets of low- and a little number of medium-density residentials and their own little shopping and office area.
Another example of the new residentials.
With a near picture of one of the city's finest buildings. The heigth of this two buildings is somewhat the maximum heigth allowed.
And here comes a picture showing an already mentioned aspect of the new residential design. Shops and offices infront and peoples homes in the "backyards".
The second mayor development project was already partly shown. In the picture below is a better persepctive...
It shows the hew traffic corridor with rail and highway to a future suburb and / or another industrial area with a new city harbor. The mayor and spectacular feature of this project are the three dammed lakes, which made this project possible. Before there where. The first and the last lake where smaller ravines. But the big lake was before a huge gorge. Alot of materials from the ruins of the destroyed old cities were used to build the damm with the rails and the highway on top...
I hope you liked my update. Just give me alot of praise and criticism below. I'll need it to be an even better CJ writer.
For the record: Next time I will honestly try to remember to turn of the grid before I take the pictures.