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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. Love the driveway and parking lot setup! (Oh, and everything else)
  7. Desona, Arizona

    Seconded, looks promising!
  8. Thanks so much for the detailed feedback! - For the mining, I have no idea either - this is the first time I've managed to piece together something I like for the non-farming specialized industry. Glad it looks nice though! - Thanks, that's been the goal. Ideally it's supposed to look a bit more planned than a realistic city, but the whole timeline setup really helps with the density. - Some of those fenced in lots aren't mine, they're construction lots from the workshop. (Will have to provide links later, on mobile, away for Thanksgiving for the past week.) It is a really useful way to fill space though. And yeah, haha, the people of the town just try to ignore the carnage happening there, as long as they can pick the spilled freight out of the bay
  9. Thanks, glad to hear it has an acceptable amount of noiceness!
  10. For the turning issue - vanilla tram tracks are allowed to do 90 degree turns (and worse!), so in comparison this isn't too bad. It does look a little off, but most junctions with trams tend to do that, at least in my opinion.
  11. Outside of Nueva California (which is still under construction - images will be in the 1998 update), most of the territory's expansion has taken place in the gaps between built up areas. But first, the biggest new infrastructure improvement: passenger trains! As just a freight line, the massive rail tunnel was a large waste of money - it would be easy enough to just setup a second port and ship goods around the island. However, now that the rails are double tracked, passenger service makes the journey to Nueva California and the Californium mines significantly faster and safer. Some earlier buildings have been demolished to make way for a nice station downtown as well. The main chunk of this update concerns infill development near Southridge. Two farms have been bought out, along with a sliver of a third, to open up space for higher density development. Here's what the space looked like last year: And now: Near the university, a new commercial area has been built, along with a new open air market. Of course, plenty of housing has been added as well. The train tracks don't just go to Nueva California - there is now a rail connection straight to the airport, with a shiny glass station. A concert space has opened up in one of the old fields. It's mainly there to attract more tourists, and a more permanent location may be needed if things go well. In Southridge itself, mass transit is taking over. The new Underridge Tram Line has its depot here, and a new cable car line connects it to Portridge up above. The Underridge Tram Line goes from downtown Piedra Verde around to a new suburb, Underridge. It's a fairly well off neighborhood, just underneath the tallest of the ridges. Thanks for reading!
  12. It's baaaaaack! Looks as great as usual, and it's great seeing how it fits into the whole world you've created! (I had lurked on this CJ occasionally in the past, but never actually got around to logging in to ST until recently.)
  13. Wow, the level of detail is astonishing - looks amazing!
  14. As promised, a quick addendum to the 1996 update. First we start with an image from the 1992 update, annotated to provide context on what's going on here: The water pumping facility has been around since the 1991 settling, but it's always been off camera - you'll catch some glimpses of it below. In the centre is the main settlement, and up the hill is the plateau that will become Portridge. To the right, you can see some farms (most of which have now been paved over), as well as the forests that would become Southridge. This update concerns the originally-named Northridge, some infill development on an area previously deemed too steep for efficient construction. Demand has now increased enough to make filling that area worthwhile. The first thing you'd notice when looking at Northridge from below is the rows of blocky cubic apartments. Claimed to be "modern" architecture, residents are divided on its aesthetic appeal - though they do at least appreciate the extra housing. Despite its small size, it holds an elementary school and a high school for the surrounding area, as well as a few shops. Finally, an overhead shot: Thanks for reading!
  15. Welcome back, this is the 1996 update. The population hasn't exploded *quite* as much as last time, growing to a healthy population 10701. Some of this is thanks to new settlements, and some is further suburban sprawl. Thanks to the growth of the local economy, a lot of investors and locals are talking about becoming gaining more independence from its UN administration - but it's still early days for those talks. Beacon Rock has more than doubled in size, with a new ferry line connecting it to the main city. The new Green Cities commercial assets really suit this area. On the other side of the bay is Sandy Bay, a smaller bay with, you guessed it, lots of sand. It also has a nice marina and hotel, for any tourists who want to get even further away from it all. Back in Southridge, suburban sprawl is hard at work, along with some agricultural growth as well. Up the cliff in Portridge, new farms have been developed, and some land has been set aside for a cemetery. On the other side of the mountains, where the Californium mines have been built, a new development is being planned. Its name is Nueva California, and while it's mostly a combination of construction and trailer homes, it's planned to be a fairly big ocean view development. Part of the construction site is pedestrian accessible in order to reach a new bridge to the industrial zone. Back downtown, Piedra Verde finally has a proper hospital! With the recent population boom, the public transit infrastructure was overwhelmed. A new central bus station has taken over where the old petroleum power plant was, and most of the buses have been replaced. Finally, the waterfront has been redeveloped with new shopping, as well as a new hotel and casino - extra tax revenue for Piedra Verde! There is one more small area that I forgot to screenshot am intentionally saving for a future mini update, which will probably come in the next couple of days, and then it's a big wait until all of the 1997 work gets finalized. Thanks for reading!
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