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Little Italy

Roselle, affectionately known as "Little Italy", is a taste of foreign in the heart of the breadbasket of the North Coast District Municipality, located on the southern outskirts of Tamworth and west of Melrose.

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The North Coast District Municipality is truly a breadbasket of the region, as the table below shows.

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A significant 155.9ha is under cultivation, of which most is dedicated to vegetables, grains and fruit - no small part due to the heavy taxation on non-food produce.

The very little viticulture and alcohol production that does take place is located, mainly, in Little Italy.

In a bid to encourage tourism in the area, the hamlet of Roselle and surrounds has escaped the heavy tax burden.

Little Italy is an experimental venture by distant immigrant relatives of the Frescobaldi family, notable Tuscan winemakers.

The end result is Roselle, a (faux) Tuscan tourist trap known for its local wines, a fresh produce market, and a favourite wedding destination.

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Viticulture is aided by both the cool coastal air from the east and the proximity to the river in the south.

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The Roselle Market, next to the Chapel of Roselle, is frequented by locals from Tamworth and tourists alike, showcasing and selling the best fresh produce from the area.

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Even at night the market attracts, albeit much younger, crowds sampling the local wine and rum (more about that later)...

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The above-mentioned relatives of the Frescobaldi family reside in Villa Ottavia, an unmistakable landmark in an otherwise rural setting... an even more recent intrusion makes the home hard to miss...

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Not one to miss out on a business opportunity, Wayne Ross Industries struck a deal with the Frescobaldis and bought a sizeable stretch of land within the boundaries of Roselle.

Milking the area's attractiveness to tourists - and handsome tax breaks - Congressman Ross funded a permanent fair ground for the farmers in the North Coast District Municipality.

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Wayne Ross Industries also set up a sugar mill and rum distillery - under the guise of a type of theme park development, known as Blackbeard's Den.

This unsavoury pocket of Little Italy has earned it the nickname Covo di Peccatori, which we non-Italian speakers assume means "Den of Sinners".

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Beyond Roselle, farming continues much like it does in most parts of the world.

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And to the east of the town, a commercial area has developed where farmers in the region can purchase all sorts of agricultural equipment, products, vehicles and machinery. A vet has also set up shop for the growing livestock industry.

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The vast rural stretch of the North Coast District Municipality makes way for the outskirts of Tamworth to the north...

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But more about that next time.

First, we are getting some shut eye at the Villa Bastide

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MariusMR

Today we're heading further north from Benhurst towards Melrose, which is a small town en route to Tamworth.

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Melrose is a quintessential railway town, built at the beginning of the previous century by the provincial government to house the growing number of railway workers needed to keep the trains running safely, on time and on track!

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The small town of Melrose is also responsible for ensuring that the main freight railway hub is staffed and that the produce and livestock of the region make their way across the country.

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Because of the resolution granting significant tax breaks to produce and livestock used for food, the area surrounding Melrose mirrors the vast tracts of agricultural land in the North Coast District Municipality.

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Cattle ranches like these also dominate the rural scene in the area:

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This area is unfortunately not untouched by the seemingly omnipresent hand of Congressman Wayne Ross.

Ross Industries have bought a small patch of land around this grain elevator / silo for an experimental project: trying to grow bananas in this temperate region...

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Naturally, this has the local environmental lobby up in arms as allegations have been flying around about genetically modified food and three eyed frogs.

Some farmers have found less innocuous ways of earning more money by experimenting with other exotic foodstuffs, like these mushrooms here:

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There we also get a little glimpse of Little Italy, but more about that next time! Ciao for now! ;)

MariusMR

Okay! It's official! My name was on the list handed over to the Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa today of individuals to be sworn in as Members of Parliament's National Assembly and Provincial Legislatures across the country on Wednesday, 21 May! The list is available here, and I'm on page 13.

Next week I will solemnly affirm in the presence of the Chief Justice (as opposed to swearing an oath, which is religious) my allegiance to the Republic, its Constitution and laws and to perform my duties as a Member of the National Assembly of Parliament to the best of my abilities.

Until then, back to Benhurst as the plot thickens...

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As you can see, Benhurst is north of Bradley and located in the "breadbasket" of the region: A stretch of the north coast predominantly dedicated to producing the region's food. But more about that later.

After the dip in the dam, we're off to spend the night at the home of Mr Gordon Plumstead, the manager of the North Coast Nature Nature Reserve, who lives in Benhurst.

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We pull up in the drive way of Gordon's home at the end of Lilac Street, keeping our opinions of the faux Tudor style exterior to ourselves...

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Gordon lives on the eastern end of the little village that is Benhurst, close to the freeway to Bradley and the Benhurst train station that also links the neighbouring town by rail.

Benhurst, despite its rather unimpressive stature, has a local clinic, a primary school, and a modest chapel used by various denominations and religious groups for services and the town-at-large for public meetings.

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The conversation at the dinner table drags on way into the night, especially after the mention of the name of Congressman Ross piqued Gordon's interest.

Gordon had not only heard the name before, but was well acquainted with the dealings of Double Cross Ross. Armed with another bottle of Chardonnay, Gordon reveals a web of lies, deceit and manipulation.

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The North Coast Nature Reserve was declared a federal conservation area by Congress in the late 1970s. The Reserve covers the area east of the R74 and up to 5km off the north coast. The area may not be developed or permanently settled in anyway, in order to preserve the local fauna and flora.

Ocean View, the Wayne Ross development in which we were asked to invest, completely ignored this and this was never properly investigated. We add this to our to-do list as we set out to save the world...

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However, it doesn't just end there... the next morning Gordon takes us on a tour of the surrounding farmland west of Benhurst.

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This agricultural heartland of the region has also remained the breadbasket because of a resolution dating back to the founding days which specified that produce grown for food will not be taxed, while non-foodstuff will be taxed heavily. This includes, for example, grain used for whiskey or beer, grapes used for wine, tobacco or flowers.

Congress has upheld this resolution and this applies to all produce grown in the North Coast District Municipality even if it is exported elsewhere for any purpose other than food consumption.

But Gordon takes us south to two grape farms along the river...

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It is alleged that the grapes produced on these two farms end up in the wine bottles of a company in which Congressman Ross is the majority shareholder... tax free.

Our to-do list grows...

Fortunately Benhurst and surrounds is not just known for dodgy dealings and questionable transactions. Gordon shows us why the area is known as the breadbasket of the region as he takes us on a tour of the not-so-dodgy farms and cattle kraals.

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What a beautiful stretch of countryside!

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We bid farewell to Gordon at the Benhurst Station, where he catches the train to Bradley for some business in town.

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With Benhurst behind us we head further north - Tamworth bound - armed with new information and an even greater cause.

MariusMR

I apologise for the lack of updates - or interaction - but that is mainly due to our recent general (national and provincial) elections here in South Africa which have kept me a little busy and...

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I will accordingly be sworn in as a Member of the National Assembly of the Fifth Democratic Parliament of the Republic of South Africa on 21 May, representing the Democratic Alliance (DA)! :D:party:

It is on this note that I would like to introduce you to the politics and government of the City Journal / Mayor's Diary, starting with the vertical division of power between the three spheres of government:

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As you can see from the image above, there are three spheres of government: national, regional and municipal or local. The Federal Government has authority over the national level, a provincial government over the regional level, and a district (more rural) or metropolitan (densely urban) council governs over the local or municipal level.

We will explore the national and provincial sphere of government in greater depth at a later stage. Let's look at the local level of government, and locate Bradley and Benhurst in the grand (albeit local) scheme of things.

Bradley and Benhurst fall under the North Coast District Municipality. Where feasible, or necessary, district or metropolitan municipal councils can be or are divided into local or sub-councils.

In the case of the North Coast District Municipality - which includes Bradley - there are three sub-councils: Bradley, Addington and Tamworth (which includes Benhurst).

The North Coast District Municipal Council is made up of 25 Councillors, of which 12 are directly elected (first past the post) to represent a ward (a demarcated geographical area covering roughly 5 700 people) and 13 are PR councillors allocated to parties based on their share of the votes received in the District Municipality overall (using a closed party list proportional representation system).

The current composition of the North Coast District Municipality is as follows, with the Social Democratic Alliance (SDA) holding 14 seats and the Free Democrats (FD) holding 11 (more about these political party groupings at a later stage):

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A District or Metropolitan Council has an Executive Mayor and a mayoral committee to assist the mayor in his or her executive duties.

Metropolitan and district councils are responsible for a number of localised matters, including:

  • Building regulations
  • Electricity and gas reticulation
  • Firefighting services
  • Local tourism development and promotion
  • Municipal health services (clinics)
  • Municipal airports, roads, public transport, pontoons, ferries, jetties, piers and harbours;
  • Stormwater management systems in built-up areas
  • Trading regulations, markets and street trading
  • Water and sanitation services
  • Beaches and amusement facilities
  • Billboards and the display of advertisements in public places
  • Cemeteries, funeral parlours and crematoria
  • Control of public nuisances
  • Control of undertakings that sell liquor to the public
  • Licensing and control of undertakings that sell food to the public
  • Municipal parks and recreation, amenities and sport facilities
  • Street lighting, traffic control and parking

These functions can be delegated to a sub- or local council. Sub- or Local Councils consist of the ward councillors in the area and one PR councillor for every ward councillor. These sub- or local councils are chaired by a local PR or ward councillor.

The North Coast District Council meets at the Addington Town Hall (below), while the Bradley Sub-Council meets at the Bradley Town Hall on Bradley Square.

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In the spirit of all things parliamentary, Addington is named after the first Speaker of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth.

We will explore Addington in greater detail at a later stage - as we make our way to Parliament to deal with the issue of Congressman Ross and his unsavoury and questionable ways.

While the Addington Town Hall dates back to days marked by simpler living, the monstrosity next to it was recently built to house the ever increasing bureaucracy to meet the administrative needs of the District.

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Apart from being the meeting place of the District Council, the Town Hall also functions as a public meeting place and houses the Magistrate's Court for the North Coast District Municipality. Other civic and municipal services are administered next door at the head office of the North Coast District Municipality.

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The Town Hall and District Municipal Offices are located in the heart of old town Addington, to which we will return at a later stage.

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For now, we'll head back to Benhurst, from where we will continue our journey to Parliament!

MariusMR

A quick update to commemorate a very significant development! The New Frontier bumped up to the top spot on Ben's Top Ten at SimCity 4 Devotion! :D

Thank you very much to everyone for your continued comments and support, and for reading and viewing my MD! I really appreciate it!

Now, on to the quick update...

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Our journey north from Bradley takes us through the farm country, the proverbial bread basket of the region. But before we explore this area in great depth, we must make a pit stop in Benthurst, where a swim in the dam is a must for anyone passing through.

The village of Benhurst, and the dam that carries this name, is named after Benedict, a great statistician who was among the first settlers in the area.

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Benhurst Dam is to the south of Benhurst Village, which is located along the important regional route and railway through the area.

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Here we see one of the freight trains heading to Bradley:

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We'll spend the evening and the next day in Benhurst and surrounding area, but first, let's pull over and go swimming!

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Until next time! :thumb:

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MariusMR

Let me start off with by wishing you all a Happy May Day! (Okay, it's a day late, but it's a public holiday here in South Africa, so I was busy with political activity ahead of our elections next week!)

When we last saw Bradley we were saying goodbye, but where are we heading, and what will we be doing on our way there, and when we eventually get there? And more importantly, where exactly were we?

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Well, now you know! Okay, what I mean is, now you have a better idea of where Bradley is and what surrounds it... more or less...

A full update in due course, and possibly only after our elections on Wednesday!

Be sure to check out the previous update in the mean time and find out why we were leaving Bradley in such a rush! :thumb:

MariusMR

Bye Bye Bradley

The beautiful view of the promenade and beach from Prestwich Manor made it very difficult to waste the spectacular sunset by staying indoors.

A short stroll down the promenade led to the discovery of a campsite where a group of teenagers were spending their spring break. They came to Ocean View for the scuba diving and shark spotting, but couldn't really afford the luxurious accommodation offered on the promenade.

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New friends were soon made and dusk would soon turn into dawn if the the return journey to Prestwich Manor wasn't made soon!

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It was indeed a beautiful evening, and Ocean View and surrounds was definitely a place anyone could fall in love with.

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If there was any doubt about the beauty of Ocean View, the next morning cemented a growing love for this corner of Bradley.

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The ocean was teeming life just off shore and the corals were a sight to behold.

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The shipwreck just off the coast was a favourite spot for divers.

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And, of course, the friendly sharks of Ocean View was one of the main attractions!

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Given all these distractions it is not surprising that the business that brought us to Ocean View is almost forgotten!

A brisk walk back up the promenade takes us there...

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...but first, a quick brunch at Papa's on the Promenade! The green roofed icon at the bend of Reef Road is an icon, nay, an establishment of great repute in Ocean View (and an even greater and more interesting history).

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You have by now surely noticed the Main Road and Ocean View Central Business District, but also the brown monstrosity known as "The Projects" next to Papa's.

The brown towers lining Reef Road were built during the post-war welfare state experiments as council flats to house the less fortunate. It seems very generous, but the reality is that Ocean View was a mosquito infested swampy morass before the big hearted Congressman Ross discovered it.

The bulldozers and money of Wayne Ross Developments moved in, and with it came condos and skyrocketing land values. Well, almost skyrocketing land values. This was currently being, well, held back a little by the interesting characters of The Projects featuring on the Ocean View skyline.

We think it adds a certain cosmopolitan charm to night-time skyline, but the moneyed class clearly disagrees...

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This is where the business proposal of Congressman "Double Cross" Ross comes in...

Mr Ross has found a way to make the towers magically disappear, and with it, the woes of aforementioned moneyed class.

A committee of the House has been briefed on (imagined and invented) problems with the foundation and underlying rock formations of The Projects. With a committed investor, Mr Ross can set the process in motion and soon have an open piece of land on the Ocean View foreshore ripe for development - and for more genteel folk to move in.

Naturally our conscience and concerns for residents of The Projects would never allow such an appalling proposal to go ahead, let alone would we buy into it.

Unfortunately, Mr Ross is an influential man, and we can't just blow him off. We need time.

Before we can commit, we tell the Congressman, we'd like to make doubly sure that Bradley is a sound investment.

We take a quick tour of Bradley Industrial - east of Meyer's Pond - which, apart from the fish farm, is mainly a logistics and shipping centre catering for the growing consumer class in the former small coastal resort town.

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We also take a look at Bradley Heights north of Prestondale and Bradley Square. The green lungs of Bradley forms a buffer between farm country to the north and the commercial heart of the town.

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We conclude that Bradley is a real gem, a worthy investment, and a great place to be...

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... which is all the more reason to ensure that it is enjoyed by and preserved for people from all walks of life.

How we will save The Projects without getting on the wrong side - or in the legendary Big Black Book - of Congressman Ross will be the main challenge...

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Replies to comments on the previous entry will be posted tomorrow. Thanks again for all the great comments and feedback!

Thanks again for viewing - and reading - and for your continued support! Until next time!

M

MariusMR

Our business is not quite done in the seaside resort town of Bradley.

We finally leave Meyer's Pond, quite satisfied with our sighting of not one, but three, rare herons (and a long abandoned row boat)! Can you spot them all?

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We head to North Beach, on the northern end of Strand Street to take in the late afternoon sun and views over the great river.

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Turning right into Prestondale Road, we pull up in the driveway of the stately home of Congressman Ross and his wife Alberta (the one with the swimming pool), where we will spend the night.

The next morning we are joined by Congressman Wayne Ross - also known as Double Cross Ross - a nickname unbefitting a man known widely for his squeaky clean politics and business.

We travel to Ocean View - a Wayne Ross Development - to discuss a business proposal.

Our journey takes us east on Prestondale Road, past the Bradley Police Station, through Newtown Junction and past Meyer's Pond and Park.

After we cross the railway tracks we turn left onto Main Road and head to Reef Road in Ocean View, right on the beach. More about the full journey along Main Road next time!

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For now we've arrived at our destination - Ocean View - where we will spend the day discussing business with Double Cross Congressman Ross in Prestwich Manor (the one with the pink flowers and cypresses on Reef Road).

Let us not bore you with the details - yet! Go and enjoy the sun, sand and scuba diving offered on the Gold Coast! (Mind the sharks though, they don't bite, but they are very curious!)

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Replies to comments at the previous entry! Thanks again for all the great comments and feedback!

I really appreciate your continued support!

Sorry for the short update. Until next time!

M

MariusMR

The development of the new old town around Bradley Square - as seen in our previous visit to the town - was soon matched with work in what would become the new new town, or, quite simply, Newtown.

Newtown is, quite literally, an attempt at establishing a new town centre north east of the old one and east of Prestondale - the leafy suburb where Mrs Ross resides.

The area soon became synonymous with the Newtown Blues - not to be confused with the soccer / football club - for the failed attempt that it was in the end, and the disappointment and sorrow that followed.

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The concept attracted sufficient interest - and investment - but the expansion possibilities soon proved to be limited Prestondale - home to the aforementioned Albatross - was not going to move (or tolerate any further intrusion into its leafy haven).

Newtown was also on the wrong side of the railway tracks. Literally. The railway hemmed it in and limited road access, soon decreasing its foot traffic and attractiveness.

Nonetheless, it became the home of jazz, big band and swing which attracted a diverse crowd to the area at night.

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The Meyer's Park and Pond - a local bird sanctuary east of Newtown - also made expansion possibilities very difficult.

Apart from ornithologists, birdwatchers and amphibian enthusiasts, Meyer's Park was not particularly loved by locals. But, it was forced upon Bradley due to it being the home of an endemic toad species and the similarly endemic heron species that fed on said toads. Thus, to protect and preserve these two icons of Bradley, the pond was declared a protected area.

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In the end Newtown was limited to the area between Newtown Junction - the circle in Prestondale Road, which runs east-west north of Newtown, Meyer's Park, the railway and Prestondale.

Alternative options had to be explored, and they were. But, more about that next time!

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Also, thanks for reading and your continued support! Until next time!

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MariusMR

When we left Bradley earlier a group of well-to-do busybodies had created the Society for the Restoration and Preservation of Bradley to bring back some of the town's old world charm.

As the ringleader of the Society soon discovered, it's not as easy as snapping your fingers and remodelling and entire town. Well, that's not entirely true. It does help to have friends in high places, or in the case of Alberta Ross, to be married to one.

Mrs Ross - affectionately (or rather, behind her back) known as "The Albatross" - is married to a the Congressman representing the District which includes Bradley. The Albatross got her nickname because crossing paths (or swords) with her could be good luck, a burden, or a curse, depending on which way the wind blows or her whims go.

Mrs Ross was quite a burden, and she persisted until she got what she wanted, and in this case, it was in with the old, and out with the new.

The dedication, fierce commitment and undying passion with which Mrs Ross tackled this task partly had to do with her rather conservative outlook on life, but was more because from where she was living in Prestondale, the lights, noise, and sometimes smells, of Chuck-e-Cheese and Pizza Hut (not to mention the unsavoury characters it came packaged with), offended her sensibilities.

Here is the leafy (and exclusive) suburb of Prestondale, bordered to the west by Bradley High and the northern end of Strand Street, and with Newtown to the east (but more about that later).

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Before we get sidetracked, let's have a quick look at the transformation of the historic old town of Bradley, located on Bradley Square on the intersection of Main and Strand Streets.

Approaching from The Bay in the south and passing through the suburb of Bayview, I'm sure you'll agree that the transformation is quite remarkable:

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The efforts - and connections - of Mrs Ross clearly paid off, and with the firm backing (and money) of the Bradley Chamber of Commerce, and a little help from above (more precisely, the backing of the Anglican Church), the face of Bradley Square and the Waterfront changed dramatically.

First on the agenda was the return of the Anglican Church of St George on Main, opposite the St George's Post Office. The church, along with surrounding buildings, burned down a few decades ago and was never rebuilt due to the church's lack of funds. The piece of land was subsequently bought by the aforementioned fast food establishments.

But Mrs Ross soon had her way (as is usually the case) and the Church was back in all its glory!

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The old St George's Mall running south from the Church and east of Bradley Square was also reestablished. This increased access to Regency Park to the East, which was subsequently also renovated and expanded:

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The Albatross delighted in visiting her new old Church in the evenings with her husband and dining in the Square afterwards.

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And it's not difficult to see why, Regency Park and the new Old Bradley Square was really something magical at night:

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The restoration project could not survive as a charity alone, and it quickly turned into a full scale development project that saw the sleepy hollow turn into a viable and vibrant seaside resort town with high end retail outlets and fine dining.

This was quite apparent during the day, as this aerial view of Bradley Square and Regency Park shows:

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The new Old Bradley Square boasted the legendary Christmas Market from Mrs Ross's childhood days, and quaint corner shops and pubs added to the general hustle and bustle of the heart of Bradley.

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The Christmas Market was a popular attraction during the festive season and families spent many a day, and many a night, frequenting the stalls, halls and malls of Bradley Square.

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Malls? Yes, beyond the inexplicable urge to rhyme, there is in fact a Bradley Square Mall.

If you were wondering what happened to the fast food joints, this will answer that question too. You see, they went underground. Literally.

Many a staircase on and around the Square grant access to the subterranean wonders that lurk below ground, including, but not limited to, the (fast) food court and parking.

The Society thought of everything from corporate buy in to heavenly blessing. Well, everything except parking. One can forgive this minor oversight given that the members of this Society never had to worry about it themselves. That is one of the many conviences that comes with being driven around.

Fortunately, the underground parking proposal also provided an opportunity for the capitalist class to rub even more coins together and the underground mall and fast food court was born.

Here we see one of the two entrances to the parking and the many staircases in the area:

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Here we also see that the good will and financial backing of big business came at a cost: they needed modern office space, and Mrs Ross's desire for a blast to the past had to be slightly adjusted to accommodate money a diverse set of clientèle.

There was also a visible impact on the Bradley Beach and Waterfront, beyond simply popularising it as a recreation destination.

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Bradley Beach soon became a popular surfing destination and this attracted all the beautiful people.

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Bradley Beach and Waterfront is ideally located along Strand Street a stone's throw from Bradley Square and easily accessible via the Bradley Halt Railway Station and Bus Stop.

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And for those who preferred the quieter life, there was also the Strand Street Market, a popular Sunday morning destination with locals and visitors alike.

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We finally leave Bradley again heading south over Bayview from Bradley Square and Regency Park, back the way we came.

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Next time our journey takes us north and north west of Bradley, we're we'll discover the broader ramifications of The Albatross and her path of destruction. Okay, it's not as dramatic as it sounds, but bear with me!

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MariusMR

Today we visit Bradley, where Europeans first came ashore in this uncharted territory.

The inhabitants, lacking in creativity after months at sea, wanted to call the new settlement "Landing" because, well, it was the site of their landing.

However, after a full day's worth of discussion the residents of the little coastal hamlet settled on Bradley, for two reasons: first, because the meaning of Bradley - "broad clearing" in Old English - was deemed fitting; but also because village elder who took charge of the affairs of the settlement hailed from Bradley, Lincolnshire.

Thus, it was settled, and this is what would eventually become what is now known as Old Town in Bradley:

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The scene above features the once bustling port of Bradley on Beach Road, which has since been replaced by far bigger and more modern facilities elsewhere in the region and now, alongside the beautiful beaches, fulfils a largely recreational purpose.

Curving out and up from Beach Road is Main Street, lined by the Bradley Town Hall, the St. George Post Office, the local primary school, district hospital and the Bradley Halt (which features the railway station and bus stop):

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Main Street viewed from this direction features the St George's Post Office complex (top left) and the Bradley Town Hall (off centre) on the Bradley Square along Strand Street.

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Running north-south from Main Street, and parallel with the beach, is Strand Street, which features a number of historic residential and commercial row houses.

Some of these have been demolished to make way for more modern incarnations, but recent developments in the sleepy town have brought a grinding halt to that... but more about that later...

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A closer look at the historic buildings lining Strand Street, starting with the six properties occupied by the Royal Strand Hotel on the far left, followed by more recent commercial developments to its right.

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These more contemporary commercial properties were, initially, hardly contentious and were welcomed by townsfolk as a sign of renewed interest in the future of Bradley.

Little did they know that within a few years the attention of more colourful investors would be focused on the once tranquil bedroom community, bringing with them Pizza Hut, Chuck-e-Cheese and the cultural aspects accompanying that lifestyle.

These colourful establishments quickly set up shop on Main Road next to the District Hospital and across the road from the Post Office. Townsfolk were surprised when, what they understood would be "commercial establishments serving food", turned out this colourful a scar on their once historic neighbourhood.

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Something had to be done, and so the Society for the Restoration and Preservation of Bradley was formed by a group of local busybodies well-to-do citizens...

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MariusMR

I have decided to plunge into SC4 CJ-ing again and, while this is likely to be slow in its development and initially rough around the edges, now is as good a time as any to start showcasing the progress!
 
The CJ will be a 'realistic', natural growth project (i.e. no RCI ploppables other than earned rewards) on a modified version of the NHP Jacksonville Metro map (original available ) by blade2k5. The region is 10 x 10 large tiles in size.
 
I use the following terrain and tree controller mods:

  • a modified version of CP's Meadowshire Terrain Mod (original here; SC4D LEX);
  • the original version of the SHK Peg Brigantine HD watermod ();
  • the HD riverside beachmod by Marsh (); 
  • dogfight's Dark Limestone Rock Mod () and
  • The seasonal god mode tree controller by Vortext (SC4D LEX here).

The development of the region is progressing quite well, but I'm a little stuck on names and am accordingly putting out a 'call for proposals'!  :)
 
I'd really appreciate your input in this regard as I'm a little lacking in the creativity department when it comes to naming things (other than dogs, it would seem).
 
In particular, if you can come up with and submit names for the ten islands in the main river on this map (click for larger resolution):
 
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The context within which they appear are depicted below (click for larger resolution):

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They lie in the river delta area and will mostly remain undeveloped conservation / preservation areas.
 
I'd also appreciate it if you'd submit proposals for the water features A - H (rivers, bays, inlets, lagoons, etc.)
 
A: The main river
B: A minor tributary
C: A lagoon / bay
D: A bay (and likely location of a naval base)
E: A minor tributary
F: A minor tributary
G: A bay (and likely location for the main harbour / port)
H: A minor tributary with a lagoon
 
I look forward to your input / proposals and to sharing this journey with you all! 
 
Thanks for reading!
 
M

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