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  1. Hey y'all! So often when working with prop anarchy, I can't get things to work right. All of the assets start flashing or disappearing at different zooms. Any idea what this may be? Thanks!
  2. Suburbs of Saturnia - Back to School at Hudson University

    Nice work!
  3. Undergrounding 880

    Hi KonstantinII! For SC4's purposes, you need to make a tunnel. So what I did was create a steep cliff on each end and made a flat mesa between them. Then, simply drag the highway to make a  tunnel. Once it is completed, I leveled away the rest of the mesa.   Thus, it is functional!
  4. Undergrounding 880

    the 880 highway runs along the eastern shore of the San Francisco Bay between San Jose and Oakland. Its route crosses the Coliseum complex, and thus the new project area. A decision was made early on that the freeway would be submerged. Taking up over 150 acres, including on and off ramps, the highway took up valuable real estate. Moreover, the highway divide the project from the local shoreline, a natural park that would only improve the desirability of the developments to come. The low-density industrial and commercial sites between the freeway and the Bay would be located within the project area. This, combine with under grounding the freeway, would allow for more parkland, environment restoration, and a more liveable environment. for the new community. Undergrounding any freeway is never an easy or cheap proposition. But because the surroundings area lacked urban density, the cost ($240 million) was manageable and easily covered by the increase in land values and grants from environmental restorations funds. The tunnel would be built directly east of the exisrting highway, allowing traffic to flow freely. Time to move that Church! And at the northern end, the off ramp that fed directly into the stadium's parking lots would be eliminated. And with that, major construction could begin! Coming up next, Transit Connections!
  5. Shiloh City - Part 2

    Beautiful work!
  6. Outlining the Plan

    Note: the image problems from the last entry should have been fixed. The project to replace the Oakland Arena and Coliseum complex is one requiring massive scope and vision. Beyond the basic agreement to keep Major League Baseball in Oakland in the first place, conflicts about who could live there, how transpiration would be managed, and what types of jobs would be created were all of pivotal importance. (Want to share your ideas? I have some burning questions I'd love some input on at the bottom of the entry!) The Community meetings were plentiful and challenging... But in the end, some basic agreements were made about the scope of the project. Stadiums and Economic Development: New, smaller baseball-only venue to be built on site & option to construct arena Anchor tenants will include new 3- or 4- Hotel (to take advantage of proximity to airport) Space for 2,000 tech jobs, 3,000 manufacturing and office jobs, and 1,000 retail and hospitality jobs One proposed design for a new ballpark. Transportation: Project to be anchored by existing BART & Amtrak stations. Local connections to BART to be improved in light of reduced parking Special events parking to be minimized and prioritized. Coliseum BART Station as it appears today. Housing: 20,000 Residents, built mostly on publicly-owned land 1/3 of units must be below market rate, with another 10% for very low-income Medium density developments will account for 80% of units Input! Here's where you get to share your ideas! Arena The question of the week: In this universe, the Raiders and Warriors have both left Oakland. Should an arena be built for special events like concerts, rodeos, and conventions, or should the space be used for other purposes? Yes! The economic and cultural benefits are critical! No! Not worth the cost without a keystone tenant! Rendering of one proposed arena Share your ideas, and I'll post a new update soon!
  7. New Beginnings

    Switched to Flickr so the images should work better now!
  8. New Beginnings

    Oh no! They work for me. Anyone else having this problem?
  9. Suburbs of Saturnia - Back to School at Hudson University

    Agreed: Looks sharp!
  10. New Beginnings

    It's 2018 and the city of Oakland, CA is ready for a new beginning. Following years of indecision, political strive, and corporate greed, a decision has at long last been made. The Oakland Athletics baseball team will remain in town along with a new ballpark to call home. The decision to rebuild will serve as a catalyst for redevelopment in the southern section of Oakland. But in the long history of redevelopment in American cities, there are countless failures for every triumph. The decisions regarding what will be built in this area--including housing, employment centers, public facilities, and the new stadium itself--will impact Oakland for generations to come, for better or for worse. This City Journal will tell one permutation of this story. Author's Note: this CJ will not strive to show the existing environment of southern Oakland in accurate detail. Not only is this simply not the purpose of the CJ, but this area is a dull, desolate place not worth anyone's time to accuracy depict using the limited tools SC4 possess. This journal will focus on the redevelopment within the area of the Oakland Coliseum complex. Images will include what I have created representing southern Oakland mostly using vanilla features. Don't sweat it--the good stuff will be richly diverse. Project Scope The Oakland Coliseum Complex is a massive expanse of land in southern Oakland. The complex includes the Coliseum, and Oracle Arena, and a large surface parking facility. The area is served by the Nimitz Freeway (I-880), Amtrak Capitol Corridor, and Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), the latter also serving the nearby Oakland Airport. The surrounding neighborhood includes mostly low-density housing, industrial sites, and commercial areas primarily serving the Oakland Airport. The area is situated near Oakland's boarder with San Leandro to the south. To the east lies San Leandro Bay, a sub-body of the San Francisco Bay. Mostly overrun by industrial sites, the natural environment includes San Leandro and Lion creeks and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline. The opportunity for something grand presents itself--as it does for a boondoggle of epic proportions. How will it unfold? We shall see. Up Next... the Plan Unveiled!
  11. The Election is Over, Transitions Begin!

    On November 5, 2010 it was official: Emily Maxwell was the newest Mayor of Maryborough. Election night partying. Maxwell has a major task ahead of her: how to revitalize the City. The first Green Party mayor of a major American city, she also faced major skepticism that she had the skill and practicality to get the job one. To silence the critics and make good on her promises, Mayor Maxwell jumped into action on her first day on the job. The project to daylight the Wapato Creek was chosen as the first major project. The plans called for demolishing a little-used freeway which ran above the creek. Where the freeway once stood, a canal holding the creek would be built. Within the canal would be a mall of mostly local shops displaced by the construction along the freeway's corridor. Finally, a new roadway, light rail line, and bike path would be built along the creek. This project was chosen because it Incorporated all of Maxwell's major campaign promises: building livable commercial districts, improving transportation, and supporting environmental sustainability. The demolishing of the freeway. To avoid floods, the creek was piped through to its outlet while construction continued. Construction continues and the mall canal begins to take shape. While the canal was being build, Maxwell also undertook the massive modernization projects needed for the city's civic infrastructure. School buildings hadn't been replaced in years; old elementary schools were made into high schools while the younger students were pushed into smaller temporary buildings. Also, police stations were so outdated that they couldn't support adequate broadband networks and were seismically unsafe. Schools would generally be rebuilt from the ground-up, while police stations would be a modern glass facade which would mask the retrofitting work. A typical civic block, with a high school (top left) police station (top right), and "temporary" elementary school buildings (center). An updated subway station where the high school was, with the retrofitted police station and a new elementary school. The redevelopment also includes pedestrian pathways. In other, more blighted blocks, all buildings were torn down. This block now includes a new hospital, educational facilities, and parkland. Until Next time!
  12. Maryborough

    Thanks! re-read the premise; I am taking a Valina city and sprucing it all up with bats. That's the point :-)
  13. Maryborough

    This CJ will explore the process of transforming a 10-year-old, vanilla SC4 region (made by a ST member) using urban development and a wealth of user-created plugins. Feedback, suggestions, and interaction are highly encouraged. Introduction The City of Maryborough was founded as a trading outpost in 1883. Located on the southeastern tip of the Puget sound, the city got its start as a port for the many nearby farms. The economy would grow to include the processing and shipping of lumber, minerals, and textiles. Maryborough in 1892. Prosperous for a time, the metropolitan area reached a peak population of 1.4 million in 1945. Downtown Maryborough in 1941. The next two decades saw major economic stagnation and recession for Maryborough. As the old industries faded away, Maryborough failed to keep up with the times. Much of the economic decline was (incorrectly) attributed to the lack of modern transportation systems, which in the 1960s meant highways and roads. In turn, the citizens elected Mike Hayes, a local businessman with strong connections to the auto industry, Mayor. Highways and water treatment. Yum. Without State or Federal aid, the roadways were built by local funds raised through bonds. Twin, intersecting highways cut through the city, while every street was converted into high-capacity roads. The result? Disaster. The roads did nothing to stop the economic changes afoot, while the bonds drowned the city in debt. Worse, the high capacity roads and lack of services killed off many once-thriving communities and the service economy fell apart. Soon, families were leaving in droves for suburbs located around Olympia, Tacoma, and Seattle. For the rest of the 20th century, Maryborough was a shell of its former self. As old school buildings deteriorated, portable classrooms replaced them. Subway lines were planned only to be abandoned half-built. Investments in better utilities couldn’t be afforded and suffocated the city’s budget with infrastructure cost overruns. Moreover, few civic buildings were up to earthquake codes. A typical school site, with the original building surrounded by "temporary" classrooms. In 2010, it seemed that nobody wanted the Mayor’s job. Sure, the Democrats and Republicans ran candidates, but their campaigns were recycled defeatism. Until, that is, one City Councilwoman took charge and jumped in the race. Who is she, and what's her plan for Maryborough? What do you want to see done? Let me know what sorts of development projects you'd like to see. There is plenty of land for everyone's ideas. Until next time.... mayoral intrigue!
  14. New Directions

    This CJ will explore the process of transforming a 10-year-old, vanilla SC4 region (made by a ST member) using urban development and a wealth of user-created plugins. Feedback, suggestions, and interaction are highly encouraged. For example, you can see that I respond to each and every comment... MamaLuigi945: Thank you for the advice! Balancing the budget is really hard. A challenge is that really inefficient buildings are all over the city. For example, rather than a high or mid-capacity elementary school, 4 small Maxis schools will be on one block, all with their own school buses. There were 72 on the main tile alone! Also, you have every single roadway paved as a road; no streets! So problems like that need to be worked out. Jimmy Buzaid: Oh yes, the NAM is a mainstay of all of my cities. TekindusT: It has been harder in some ways that I didn't expect at first. I am also trying to avoid just bulldozing perfectly good blocks; I am trying to keep this realistic. And the cost issues are amazing and, yet , realistic. Schulmanator: Thanks! I hope you stick around and see how it goes. I'll always appreciate your feedback. On August 22 10, 2010, late in the ongoing mayoral campaign, Emily Maxwell entered the race. She was an unlikely contender. A Democrat representing the Hampton district, she switched to the Green Party after the primaries to challenge the two-party system that hadn’t delivered anything to Maryborough in decades. At her campaign launch, she outlined her plan for the city: 1. Support and develop business districts and communities Make human-scale streets and urban landscapes. Daylight Wapato Creek as a canal and business district. Build and rebuild parks, schools, colleges, and civic buildings. The freeway under which the Wapato Creek runs. 2. Rebuild the transportation system Revitalize useful subway lines and abandon others. From scratch, build tram, bus, and bike routes. Remove underused highways for better land use. An old freight rail line. Future commuter line? An artist's rendering of a bike path. 3. Create a utility system for 21st century sustainability goals Develop a new water delivery and sanitation system, including recycled water Create a landfill diversion system, including compost manufacturing for local farms. Build clean power sources. A skeptical voter meets with Emily Maxwell. Will Maxwell make it? Stay tuned to see what goes down next! And as always, your comments and wishes are appreciate!