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  1. Hope - A Natural Growth Story

    Solid start so far, looking forward to see how Hope grows and develops!
  2. Looking great so far! How did you put together that sunken train station in the second image?
  3. Here's the 2003 update - as I mentioned earlier, I'm planning on spacing out the bigger updates so I can move forward in time a bit faster. For the rest of this decade at least, I do want to keep doing smaller yearly updates though, so here's one of them. The first main event is an unfolding industrial waste scandal. Residents of one apartment building keep getting sick (and occasionally dying), and many suspect it has something to do with the warehouses behind it. There's a cluster of ambulances in this picture responding to some of the latest outbreaks. Critics of the national government use this as evidence that it was too soon to become independent, and that the large industries have too much leeway and too few restrictions. News of this has spread worldwide, which is why the current population has *only* grown by about 400 this year - people are scared of being poisoned in their own homes. Of course, while all this was happening, construction kept going. This is the area we'll be focusing on for the 2003 update. First off, the water treatment plant has massively expanded. Part of the investigation into the apartment poisoning included an inspection of the water purification systems. It was determined that these systems were not responsible, but were nevertheless inadequate for future growth. Across the freeway from Carbon Ridge (the original mining site) is a new development. With traffic issues increasing on the island, people want to be able to live closer to work - miners included. Some new apartments and a new modern high school have been built at the site of an old farm. Nearby are some new shops, including the trendy new Healthy Weeds grocery chain. Apart from the school though, the biggest piece of infrastructure is the new passenger train station. Until this year, citizens had to drive or take the bus to get to the mines. The passenger trains would go straight through the freight station, but nobody was allowed off. Now passenger service has its own dedicated platforms, as well as bridges to connect the station to the mining zone. Finally, some additional pictures of the high school complex. ---- As a bonus, I haven't posted any night shots in awhile, so here's a handful: Thanks for reading!
  4. Yeah, something like that, I want to have a decently sized urban city, but with solid nature nearby as well. There'll definitely be a struggle to balance the tourism industry with more reliable homegrown industry. And yeah, that's my plan, some places for the super wealthy - and the not-so-wealthy will have to stare up at the mansions, haha. As far as the empty space near major roadways goes, there may be future businesses there, but I'm also leaving it open to the option of becoming a full freeway, or at least some sort of expressway.
  5. Welcome to the 2002 update! Population growth has barely slowed, with some significant housing developments completing within the past two years. First off, some new beachfront properties have been added at Verde Beach, the peninsula just south of downtown. There's been a small fire here after some train traffic issues caused massive traffic jams island-wide. The freight line was testing some new train configurations with about 30 cars - needless to say, it did not go well. Some of the charred trees and grass are still visible. Some of the new developments include decks with views of the bay, a pool, and easy access to the beach. Meanwhile, Northridge finally has bus service. An analysis of the whole transportation network revealed that Northridge lacked any transit links with the rest of the island, and this is now fixed with the 10 bus. Next, the suburban area near Underridge has grown quite dramatically in the past two years. Some of this expansion has come on the hillside next to the mines at Carbon Ridge. The view from this suburb is truly epic. Finally, Nueva California is undergoing some massive expansion. The hillside area has filled in with more suburban housing, and the beachfront area is beginning construction. In addition, some larger buildings have moved in as well. Thanks for reading!
  6. Yeah, though since it was haphazardly built in the 90s, it's probably not super realistic... The government here is a bit more forward thinking than most, haha.
  7. So here's the current transit map, not including the outer parts of the island. For a place with only 20,000 people, it has quite a complex transportation system. There are 5 different types of transportation - ferries, trains, buses, trams, and cable cars. However, unlike some metro areas with this sort of complexity, everything is managed by one organization within the government, allowing the different modes to operate as one larger network. (If you're interested, there's also a 4k*4k street map here: https://imgur.com/I2ylE0l) To start though, we'll be looking at Piedra Verde's ferry system. Ferries work quite well here, directly connecting some outer islands, as well as getting around the mountainous terrain of the island. In the centre of Piedra Verde is the Ferry Building, the hub for all water traffic. Ferries currently connect downtown with two outer suburbs/towns: Beacon Rock (background) and Sandy Bay (foreground & behind camera). While Sandy Bay also has a rail line (more on that later), the ferry has easier access to the low-lying marinas and beaches. The next main transportation mode is the train. The green-colored trains run on the Nueva California & Airport line, connecting both sides of the mountain range via a massive tunnel and then continuing on through the city to the airport. These trains are a bit dated and in need of an upgrade, and are usually packed full of people. When you see the alternative, a dangerous looking mountain roadway, it's not hard to see why people usually choose the train. As mentioned earlier, Sandy Bay also has rail service. It's definitely not as popular, but it gets a fair amount of usage. Buses play a critical role in Piedra Verde, giving alternative routes both within the centre of Piedra Verde and beyond. Below is the 9 bus, a shuttle service serving Sandy Bay. The 7 & 8 buses operate similar services for Beacon Rock and Nueva California respectively. (Nueva California is growing quickly enough that it will probably need more bus service in the near future.) Some buses operate express routes between central Piedra Verde and other areas. Below is the 2 bus, providing a connection for employees in the oil fields of Tarcliff. This was originally a service of the oil companies there, but eventually became the beginning of the transit network. Below are two buses - the 1 (Carbon Ridge Express) in the back, and the 5 (a local bus) stopped in Carbon Ridge. The local buses tend to be long bendy buses, given the high demand within the city. While this has been shown before, here's the main bus station. It's the main hub for the express buses - the 1 & 2 mentioned earlier, as well as the 6 - Airport Express. The main train station is about a block away, and the 3 & 4 buses stop nearby. A shot of the 3 - Portridge bus: Another main line is the Underridge Tram. Right now it goes through some fairly rural areas, but the land nearby is going up in value fairly dramatically. The tram connects downtown, Southridge, and Underridge together, pretty much circling the entire city. Finally, a shot of the cable car system. Thanks for reading!
  8. San Felipe, California

    Really like this concept, looking forward to where it goes next!
  9. Thanks! And no worries, still more frequent than my updates are, haha Barsalargonia - that's a name I haven't heard in a long time! Glad that you like this one too - and definitely agree on the natural growth. At the very least, it just makes it so much easier to imagine the history of the place, since I'm literally building it as I go. Yeah, the natural growth is just my favorite way to play the game. No promises on activity though - my goal is to keep this one going to the end (ideally well past the present day in-game), but no promises on the frequency of updates ---- What I can promise, however, is a smaller next update - one that focuses on the diverse transportation infrastructure of Piedra Verde. Still have to actually build a map & do some development in order to get a 2001 population estimate, but that's what the next update will likely be.
  10. Piedra Verde has entered the new millennium, and gained its independence - a suitable reward for surviving Y2K. Most development this year has been focused on building up, not out, though there is sure to be more outward development soon. The Sandy Bay suburb has expanded somewhat, with the addition of a second ferry stop. The main attraction is on the peninsula, where some lovely parks and beaches have been built. The centerpiece is a set of three art deco hotels, bringing architecture from the past into the new millennium. Next, a small port has been setup near the airport, with the hopes of unclogging ship traffic in the main port. The aviation officials nearby aren't too pleased about the cranes (they're currently investigating the issue), but otherwise it's a much welcomed addition to the island. Thanks to the new port development, some of the downtown fuel infrastructure has moved. This land was a prime location for new development, centred next to the train station and close to the docks. Some shopping centres and two large dull office blocks have been built, but the main attraction is the new tallest building - the Millennium Tower. Piedra Verde is hopeful to expand its technology sector (on top of the Californium research facilities), and this will definitely help. Finally, the Portridge neighborhood has been densifying somewhat as well. Piedra Verde is looking forward to the new millennium, and the opportunities (and dangers) that will come about from its independence.
  11. Right? The ones in all the last 3 images are https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1200329421. There's also some apartment complexes by KingLeno, including https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=860320757.
  12. Thanks! And thanks for the feedback! I hadn't really been paying attention to the image sizes - each one is ~3-5 MB, which definitely adds up. I'll switch over to JPG then, quality isn't worth it if the images don't all load!
  13. 1999 has been a big year for Piedra Verde - after negotiations with the United Nations, it looks like Piedra Verde is set to become an independent micronation! The independence is planned for January 1st, 2000... assuming everyone survives Y2K! There's been plenty of developments this year, including an expansion of the Sandy Bay suburb: The nearby oil fields have undergone some expansion as well: Back to Northridge, last year there were some improvements to the 2 lane highway connecting downtown to the mines. The main benefit was the addition of a second carriageway, dramatically expanding the road's capacity. However, there were still some issues. First, the end of the dual carriageway at the eastern end had a less-than-smooth intersection. Thankfully traffic has been low, but it was clear it would not scale with population growth. Then, the biggest issue, one of the roads intersected the train tracks with a level crossing. That by itself caused some traffic backlogs, but some train traffic jams (more or less fixed since then) caused some particularly gnarly issues. On some days, the morning rush hour traffic would back up all the way from the mines to downtown, and it wouldn't end until well after midnight. The decision was made to convert two of the intersections to grade-separated interchanges, completely remove the nasty choke point, and end the highway (now with full freeway status) in a roundabout. The grade separation project has also allowed for increased hillside development. Finally, more major development has been taking over some older farmland. At this rate of development, downtown is no longer the densest part of the city - though the territory is eyeing some new developments for the new millennium. Thanks for reading! ---- A quick note: As this series moves along, 1 year increments are definitely too small. Given limited free time (and you know, limited viewership), I'm probably going to be reducing my time on this CJ. Mainly, I'd like to bring this into the future at some point next year :). Not that my updates have been that frequent, but still, expect longer gaps - I want to keep this as a fun project rather than let it devolve into a chore and then end up abandoning it. So you should be able to expect a good 2000 update, and then the timer will speed up a little.
  14. Piedra Verde has grown a decent bit over the course of 1998, thanks mostly to significant development on the other side of the mountains - Nueva California. But first, some other infrastructure improvements - the increased train & vehicle traffic near the older mines has caused massive traffic backlogs, even down to the city itself! An added carriageway, along with additional turn lanes, has improved traffic flow in the area dramatically. Moving on to the source of some of this traffic - Nueva California: Given the expected growth of the Californium mines, most of the housing being built is high density. Demand is still super high though, and more housing has to constantly be added to the island. Next to central Nueva California is a state-of-the-art elementary school. Also near the central area is a community centre and soccer/football field, so that residents have space for leisure both indoors and out. Just a bit to the west is a business district and the new train station. An overview of the rest of the business district, new apartments, and a new high school: And finally, a picture of the new trains running on the island: Thanks for reading!
  15. Love the driveway and parking lot setup! (Oh, and everything else)