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About this City Journal

jamestown was the name of one of the first eurpoean settlements in north america, so i decided it would be a good name for a new city and my first city journal.

this being my first time logging and sharing a city of mine as i'm still building it, i'm not really sure of the format. everyone on here seems to have their own style, but so far my favorite things are the background stories and the custom road and transit maps. i make maps like those all the time but never have for a city i made in a simulation game, so that's definitely something i'm going to try.

i will be working in cities:skylines with an atrocious amount of mods and workshop content. jamestown will be built on a modified workshop map of auckland, new zealand. i usually try to keep my cities around a max of 80-90k, since after that my computer starts to slow considerably and the simulation gets choppy.

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Another Jamestown from the dead post! Was looking through old screenshots and found a series showing the small but immensely effective service road network below downtown Royals.


Looks like a simple interchange where the highway enters the area of the CBD


But wait! Underneath that intersection is another intersection! One of the portals to the lower level downtown streets. Lower level roads are highlighted in purple because tunnels don't show up in high res screenshots for some reason. Probably a good thing though because these tunnels are quite literally woven between the JMetro subway tunnels, which themselves are already woven together due to several tunnels crossing paths and years of renovations and reroutes leaving tunnel stubs galore.

The service roads are somewhat inspired by Chicago's stacked streets, such as Wacker Dr, Michigan Ave, Columbus Dr, Randolph St, etc. In Chicago the street level as you typically walk on it isn't actually at the level of the natural ground. Chicago, as some of you might know, is a lovely swamp. Americans for some reason LOVE to build cities on swamps. I don't get it. I will never get it. But alas, something at one point needed to be done about the water levels in the Loop, and the street level was artificially raised in many areas. The original streets were left down below and are now used as service roads that enter directly into the basements of buildings and garages. Some of the lower levels are simply grade separated arterial roads; shortcuts through and around the Loop.

Now, since we can't really change the level at which a building enters off the street, a true replica of Chicago's system is not possible. So I went for the next best alternative, which is to keep the spirit of the idea of these streets, and build them to the best of CS's abilities. As you can see, it doesn't work nearly as well as in real life. Because of how the ramps had to work to be able to come back to ground level, as well as the horrible difficulty created by having editable things neatly vertically stacked, the lower level streets are actually parallel and next to their upper levels instead of being directly beneath them. Other than looking physically different, and the buildings not actually having service levels, they operate much the same. There is still a ton of traffic on busy streets, but a lot of people get to benefit from the shortcuts created to the busiest areas.

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Views of some of the entrance/exit portals to the lower levels

Stay tuned for another Jamestown from the dead post! I'm working more with cimtographer and now using an app called maperitive to display and style the OSM data. It may be a while though due to attempting to use a very ornery windows app using the mono framework on mac OS...tons of fun.



Still haven't opened my save file, but I have been working on drafting a transit map of Jamestown based on screenshots and map views I already have. This is a quick version made with the metro map creator web tool ( http://beno.org.uk/metromapcreator/# ). It's not very pretty but the tool is super quick and very free.

Public transit in Jamestown is operated by Jamestown Metropolitan Transportation Authority, or JMetro. The JMetro rapid transit network includes 6 subway lines that serve the city and some nearer suburbs, as well as all the way out to Bedford on the western shore. The Red, Orange, and Green metro subway lines run north/south through downtown Royals in a single tunnel, while the Gold, Blue, and Purple lines run east/west through downtown in 3 parallel tunnels. 


Somewhat dated view of subway lines in the city



Map of the JMetro subway lines (north is to the left)


As all of us CS players are aware, both the game's content manager and steam's workshop are both almost entirely devoid of actual features that allow you to.....manage the game's content.......which is their entire purpose......whatever.....

But alas, my workshop assets have been botched again and another save game all but ruined!!! I'm so glad I dropped 50 bucks on this game!!!

I haven't actually opened the savegame yet, but I'm certain that when I do I'm going to be immediately hit with half my buildings being demolished because the assets are missing. The city barely survived that happening last time and I really just don't have the patience to bring it back from the dead AGAIN, so for now I am saying goodbye. I may work some on it and resurrect this city journal after a while, but for now I think I'm going to start a new city on a new map and I'm going to try to do it with as little custom content as humanly possible (this time sorted into collections so I can easily get it all back in case of the THIRD apocalypse)


Now that Jamestown is growing into such a tourist and business destination, the city council has dedicated a committee to rework and redesign the city's informational databases and access thereto. This includes mapping neighborhoods and business.


Using the cimtographer mod on steam, I exported OpenStreetMap data and viewed it with JOSM, a java based OSM data viewer and editor. These are the raw data, many pretty road and transit maps to come soon!



Unfortunately only the standard network types are programmed into the mod, so any road/path types from mods will not show up. Most of my freeways are not visible due to being made from 6 lane and 2 lane highways from the network extensions mod.

cimtographer mod: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=416064574
JOSM downloads: https://josm.openstreetmap.de/wiki/Download


A lot has been happening in Jamestown the past few years. Out of control expansion in the central business district lead to a regional housing boom, but still developers could not keep up. Businesses that had contracted with the city to move their offices here were left with few and in some cases, no employees to work for them. Some companies began transferring people in from other locations, and recruiters brought new people to the city every day to apply.

Finally, the city stepped in and laid out plans for a massive housing expansion. Two estates were planned, both on the southwestern outskirts of Jamestown city.

Deering, which originated as a private development interest that was purchased by the city's Housing Authority, was to include two areas of attached single family residential, and two areas of mixed mid-rise and high-rise apartment flats. 








The Wellington area was designed as mid-rise and high-rise apartments only.





Now that all these new workers have a place to live, next on the city's agenda appears to be an expansion and reworking of the JMetro transportation system. All these people have to get around somehow, and the freeway can only carry so many. 


Jamestown has grown from a tiny settlement near the water to a respectably sized, although by no means world class, commercial center. With a population of around 40,000 in the city, and another 25,000 in its extended suburbs, Jamestown has a host of amenities for residents, tourists, and businesses alike. JMetro operates a number of transit options for the region, including 9 Metro bus routes serving the city and another 4 connecting the outlying suburbs to the city. 4 Metro subway lines are in operation, and JMetro is currently constructing extensions on the B line. There is even work on the design of an airport to serve the city to allow easier access for business travelers and tourists. 

This is a collection of photos throughout a typical summer night. Some parts of the city are quieter than others.


The sun setting behind the mountains casts as fiery glow across the sky


Even the busiest avenues are quiet by night. Once the commuters return to the suburbs, most of the city's traffic takes place on foot or by Metro.



Nestled between every type of infrastructure one can imagine, Burr Heights takes solace in the nighttime hours when most of the noisy factories nearby are closed or below normal production.


A quiet Cicero neighborhood street as its residents try to settle in on a hot summer night


Over in Hamilton Heights, though, the party is just getting started at Club Kelvin. For those looking to sweat a little less on this hot night, Mitchell's Tap is just across the street and offers a much more relaxed and conversational experience. Opportunistically placed, as always, Five Guys Burgers lurks right next door, waiting patiently to lure in unassuming partiers.


The burbs are not without their parties, either, and some of them are simply not to be outdone. Rival nightclubs Celsius and Fahrenheit battle it out on Friday and Saturday nights just down the road from the Margate and Lucky Penny casinos. Unofficially known as the "suburban strip," Amsterdam Avenue through Galloway is not for the faint of heart...or wallet.


Over in Deering, the quiet suburban sentiment returns, although the city always looms on the horizon.


(Right) A view of downtown past offshore Pumping Station #1     (Left) Looking across the water at downtown from Apple Island.


Downtown Royals from the Old Jamestown Pier


As a part of the downtown Royals waterfront reconstruction (which will be featured in a later post), a new stadium was built for the local minor league baseball team. Also currently used as a concert and event venue, the hope is that someday a major league team will make its home here.


Downtown Royals may look impressive now, but due to improper supervision and oversight within the Planning and Zoning department, along with an unneeded rush to contract with many large businesses at once to move offices to Jamestown, only about half of the current office space in the city is actively leased. Demand for housing continues to skyrocket and the city has had trouble keeping up with the details of so much rapid development. As such, it is worried my some that substandard housing is being allowed to get built in many outlying neighborhoods. Meanwhile, new suburbs seem to pop up overnight.

To end our nighttime tour, let's take a trip to the rooftop observatory at the Scott Building, currently the tallest building in the city (although rumors speculate that may not be true for too much longer).





Now that I've been playing long enough to have learned the idiosyncrasies of the game, I've been getting more and more detailed with each city I build. This time I am even going so far as to place individual 1x2 terraced townhouses with the building cop/paste mod into large neighborhoods and then using the building level locker mod to keep them all in place. It's been a bit tedious, but I really enjoy how real everything looks, and it's better than having enough custom assets saved to keep things populated at every building level :/

Here is a look at some of my terraced townhouse neighborhoods so far! I'm really liking how they are turning out, and they work as great medium density areas. Having trouble getting the matching commercial terraces to spawn so I can copy them. They are all 2x2 2x3 and a couple 2x4 buildings, but commercial zones typically want to build larger buildings so they keep pulling from the standard building set (which i used to not mind but now looks abysmal next to my finely curated townhouses!)


A Look down Carson St




Looking down Berteau Ave across Jersey St. Belmont Ice Rink in the foreground and Fullerton Plaza across the street.


Back edge of Fullerton district along the outer edge of the West Woodlands Forest Preserve

Probably going to take a break from these for a bit, as I've got several different districts partially built out with them now. Going to work on some bigger suburban housing and also on some stuff in the city with my NY themed buildings. Stay tuned!


This neighborhood showcase begins right where the city began. Old Jamestown (also known as Old Town) is a small peninsula that wraps around a dead volcano on the east side of the Portage County isthmus. Old Jamestown currently has a population of around 4,100 and is home to all levels of schooling with an elementary school, high school, and a community college. City Hall is on the edge of Old Town, between Dome Park and the newly completed Shoreline Trail bike and foot path. The trail circles almost the entire neighborhood along the shoreline of the Inner Bay, connecting neighborhoods, parks, and beaches.


Aerial View of the Old Jamestown peninsula. City Hall and Shoreline Park are center, and the Community College to their right. In the foreground the Sarro Bridge crosses over to the southern suburbs.


(Right) City Hall beneath the foreboding figure of one of the city's many dead volcano shafts. (Left) Old Town Pier and Old Town Marina on the shore on Inner Bay.


While mostly developed with mid rise apartments, there is still available land in Old Town, and with many older buildings preparing for upgrades the face of the neighborhood may be changing soon. New park and beach facilities and the new Shoreline Trail continue to attract tourists and residents from across the county. Public transit access to Old Town is by the number 2 bus, which makes stops on Myrtle Ave, Commonwealth Ave, and Kerry St.


Just started a new city before discovering this site, so I thought I'd jump right in and start my first city journal!

Here's a few quick shots to give you an idea of what I've got so far. I have most of the central area districts started, and a suburbs, but not a whole bunch very far out. Started plotting out and naming some of the outer districts and suburbs, and set up a few special industrial areas. A few bus lines are open as well, and I have plans for several metro lines when the need arises.

I don't usually do very well with placing unique buildings or laying out special or interesting areas. Usually my cities are just a jumble of neighborhoods and tend to focus on how people get between them, but I want to try to use the unique buildings and tourism more to draw people certain places and to give the city a more realistic look and feel. I'm thinking of things like stadium clusters, venues, and things akin to Chicago's museum campus.


Central Jamestown


Sorthern suburbs (coming soon)


Western suburbs with some farm areas started


Overview with some of the district names updated


Bus lines so far



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