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About this City Journal

A tale of two different counties and their two core cities, both industrial river cities. Follow me as I post about my two largest cities and regions in Simcity 4!

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Historic Reed River City

Winchester's downtown core is gorgeous, but there are many other different areas of the city to look at as well


The riverfront also has a popular beach right near downtown in the neighborhood of Waterview, famous for its swanky condo buildings and towers and the historic Regal Theater, the only movie house in the city. Mostly high wealth residents live here with exception of Granite towers a middle class high rise.


The antique Country Club district is full of incredible homes, both old and new and is famous for its brick streets. There are houses here running in the millions.


High-end shopping area



Industry still plays large role


The more suburban Northern shores area


Southern Shores area in its entirety

Which would you choose, North or South?

Thank you for visiting!!!


Historic Reed River City


Winchester was founded about 1880 by traveling industrialist Winston Sams. Sams wanted to found an important city with easy access to transportation, but most areas were already filling up. So he decided to head to the lesser developed west area of Simnation and find an almost unspoiled river territory. This was when he discovered the Reed River, named by pioneers for its forested banks, about 30 miles west of highly-desired Rochester County. After attracting some families to the area who built some homes, Sams would use his savings to lay the cornerstone for the first factory. Soon the area attracted rich industrial investment from many young entrepreneurs and the city boomed. As the city grew toward the 21st century, educational investment became much higher here than in Rochester and attracted both high tech industries and heavy commercial development. To keep the traditional stone style, investors in the city chose to mainly build in old looks and it resulted in a beautiful river city that many dream of seeing.


The city center of Winchester is one of the most incredible in Simnation for a city of its size, because of its beauty and scale, and is still booming to this day. Let's take a little look...


The densest area of downtown has been declared a historic district by the city, county, and is waiting for approval from Simnation for the same qualification. The area has an impressive array of early 20th century architecture attracting tourists and offices alike.

Another view...


This part of downtown is also beautiful for its main street feel and old buildings as well. The Imperial theater in the corner is the main playhouse for the city.


Entire city center...



An Introduction

In the beginning...

It was about 1860, and exciting new time for the country of Simnation. About a decade or two earlier, hundreds of inventors and researchers developed new technologies which allowed for mass production. This industrial revolution swept across the country hyper-accelerating growth in cities and the economy and leading to construction of new cities and towns, including Rochester and a little later Winchester.


In Rochester's case, the banks of the mighty Granite River were once a haven for nature, but the transportation potential on this massive river made it the perfect area for new cities. The development of this area were both industrial and agricultural in purpose, and to a smaller extent tourism. Rochester's ideal location along the river lead to a boom in industry, which laid the foundation for the future major city. Industry there has been a roller coaster but today it still plays a huge part in the city's life. Rochester is also notable for its high density downtown and it's wealth of old buildings, which per an ordinance buildings are still mostly built in older styles.

An overview of Rochester:


(Looks better close up)


A few counties away from Rochester County exists a more underdeveloped region which is known as Winchester County. Now the city of Winchester itself has grown quite large, even almost catching Rochester many years ago however the county has few other towns. Winchester at first was quite similar to Rochester, because industry grew along the riverbanks of the powerful Reed River but in more recent years commercial development grew much faster here. Winchester itself is famed for its beautiful downtown, its brick and stone streets, and at one time its extensive network of row houses. Today the city is interested into expanding both up and out while continuing to grow its high tech industry and commercial sectors.

Overview of Winchester:


Thank you for viewing! Sorry its not as amazing as some other journalist's on Simtropolis but I tried! :kitty: :thumb::bunny:



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