iGod: Thanks! I’ve been trying to make space in Old Calgary, I may be able to squeeze in another track. Thanks for voting, too!
TekindusT: Thanks for voting! I think all the development stopped in part because of such little space, but, thanks for the compliment! I’ll certainly keep it in my for some future cities
Simcitymasterman: Thanks for voting! I’m not really making a BrookStone Region league, I just happened to build two stadiums in updates. However, I’ll keep your suggestion in mind! Also, I’ll address that hill suggestion in the following post.
Plane-Crash12000: Thanks! That train is part of the Amtrak Passenger Locomotive and Passenger Car set by BigRedFish, The download can be found Here, and here, respectively.
_marsh_: Thanks for voting! I like your idea of having a smaller marina in the area which I was gonna fill in, I think you’ll find a little of that at work in the following photos. I also like the idea of having a small reservation area, however, it’s hard deciding where that’ll be, since building the boardwalk means connecting it to existing ones on both sides. I’ll see what I can do about a marine preservation area.
Putting a monument on the hill would be a nice idea, I think making a city park out of it would be really cool, but I also think that, at the same time, It would not help in building a connection between New and Old Calgary. Connecting New and Old would mean a lot more economic development. The idea of a tall sort of building on top of the hill is still very open to me…er, city council, though!
Newyorkcityrocks92: Thanks for voting! Also, thanks for reading! Hopefull you can drop by every month or so, when I update
Jose40292: Yes, I agree that the area is starting to look like Hong Kong, however, keep in mind that Honk Kong is a city of Seven Million People, Calgary on the other hand, has hardly a hundred thousand. I would also like to note that Calgary is a city that is not used to such tall buildings, these buildings have been constructed within only the past couple of years, meaning that The city of Calgary has had to hash together quick plans to get people moving. The idea of bringing the highway underground is a great idea, but also costly (Think about how much the big dig went over budget). For now, the maxis 6-lane, 2-tile wide highway seems to be doing its job quite well, and the off-ramps are still not congested. Though it would be a good idea to upgrade to high-capacity off-ramps in certain places, New Calgary is in such a confined space that even those would take up a good deal of space.
As far as subways are concerned, there are two notable subways- one in New Calgary, which transports people from the HSR to various other parts, and a separate one that serves Old Calgary. Currently, those routes do make money, and move people well, in conjunction with the tramways.
As far as the HSR is concerned, I don’t think I’ve shown in my CJ yet, but the area between Old Calgary and the HSR terminus is in fact a body of water, which you’ll be able to see later on. That complicates trying to bring development there exponentially. The subway already does it’s job by ferrying commuters to the HSR station, it is just that the two areas are visually completely separated.
The HSR system currently in place is an multiple-city connector already, providing a link to two of the most populated cities in the BrookStone Region. It has the amount of stops it has because the line itself is rather small, spanning only about a large tile’s length. Therefore, it makes more sense to have more stops, so that in case the local rail gets crowded, the HSR can pick up the traffic. The HSR as I’m using it is not exactly a long-distance mover, the region I play on can hardly be considered medium, or large.
I do know of road-top mass transit options, and I have a tendency not to use them, as I think they disrupt the sidewalk and therefore look unrealistic. Keep in mind, Calgary is a new big city, it has not had time to develop all the things you mentioned. Thank you for commenting though! I have taken much of what you said into account, and I’ll address some of it in the upcoming post.
In Other News: The council has voted to build the new marina! Construction has already started, and is expected to continue for a few months. Also, everyone has been up and at arms about how to link New and Old Calgary, and what to do with that crummy hill sitting between them, and so, to address that, I present…
Allright, so, I think the main reason why there seems to be a lot of different opinions is that no one really has the full view. So I have compiled Old and New Calgary, and everything in between, into one image!
Ta-da! Just to Clarify, the Brown/Orange outlined areas indicate industrial development. The Red line indicates a highway, with dots being on/offramps. The Blue line indicates the HSR, with dots being the stops.
Ok, so, the big two things dividing Old Calgary and New Calgary is the body of water (Blue star thingy) and the big hill. The body of water is rather large, yet shallow and inaccessible, which means it cannot be used as a harbor, but too large to fill in. The hill is rather steep, even more so than the ones around Old Calgary. These are the two land/water masses that must be dealt with in order to keep up growth.
Here you can see the mass transit lines of Calgary. Blue is sub terrain, and green is above terrain. Dots indicate stops. The two terminus stops in the New Calgary line are in fact HSR stops as well. The terminus stop for Old Calgary is the HSR/Rail terminus.
This brings me to my favorite section….
This is where you can Vote!
The vote today is very simple. Based on the above photos,
How do we connect Old and New?
Keep in mind, Rail lines, roads, and a highway already connect Old and New Calgary, along with a slew of ferries. In order to truly connect the two sides, we need to develop them. However, how is development to occur when there is a hill, a lake, and two industrial complexes in the way? I’m leaving this open-ended, and if there aren’t any suggestions, I can just divide Old and New Calgary into separate cities.
Also, don’t wanna leave you guys without some other photos, so the new Marina is progressing well!
The new Yacht club is coming along well. Most spaces are already filled!
Temporary power lines replace the old underground ones while earth moving operations happen to dredge and fill the bay.
An overview of how things are turning out.
Until next time everyone!