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  1. Show Us Your Interchanges - The Sequel

    This is the Interstate 5-Loop 303 Interchange in Radiation, which is locally known as the Bottleneck Interchange for the massive amounts of traffic caused by Loop 303 commuters heading North onto and merging with oncoming traffic from Interstate 5. In real life, this interchange would be an actual bottleneck but not only is this located near the edge of the city tile, SC4 mechanics also makes residents commuting through multiple city tiles difficult and unlikely, so this receives almost no traffic in-game.
  2. Show us your Downtown / CBD

    Downtown Radiation is a dense cluster of skyscrapers located within the City of Radiation, a city that crams over 233,000 people into a mere 7 square miles. There are so many skyscrapers in the city that not even this large mosaic could capture them all. Once you start heading south or east away from downtown, the height of buildings quickly plummets (which is notable in the picture), and if you go farther east past Interstate 5 there are nearly no skyscrapers to be found.
  3. Dual Bridges Near Radiation

    From the album Bridge Bonanza (S3-07-W)

    (Sorry about the lack of cars, they all despawn right when they go over the bridge) The Interstate 5 bridge (bottom) and the Chandler Link / Green Line bridge (top) going over Chandler River just outside the Radiation city limits. This picture is approximately 3.5 miles (5.6 km) south of Downtown Kellan, 1.6 miles (2.6 km) south of Downtown Radiation, and 0.5 miles (0.8 km) west of Downtown Chandler.
  4. Update 34- The Foothills Update

    I'm not sure which one because they're nearly identical and I've used both of them before. It's either the Cascadia controller or the Pacific Northwest one, but it doesn't matter which one you install
  5. Update 35- Kellan Recreation

    Some of them are SimGoober's houses, and I think one is just a re-lotted base game model
  6. Update 35- Kellan Recreation

    After realizing that the Santa Rio Metropolitan Area was now 90% complete, I decided to take a tour of some of the cities and I realized that the region was not very unique, especially when compared to all of my cj's. A game like Simcity 4 can only go so far, so I decided tor recreated an old city journal of mine: the Kellan Metropolitan Area. Although this is my personal favorite, the funny thing is that in a poll I conducted in a previous entry of The Forgotten it wasn't even close to the top choice. However, I decided to bring it back after finally installing a terrain mod and a Pacific Northwest tree controller, as well as a slightly different building style. I'm also not sure if I'm going to keep it in The Forgotten or give it it's own city journal, but if I do it will probably spell the end of The Forgotten. Also, I now realize it is spelled Arlington and not Airlington. I spelled it like that because I sounded it out but apparently where I come from people pronounce it wrong. Note: I would suggest viewing the two regional images in full size. Old Kellan. Note that the region is kind of small and, if you zoom in, you will spot lots of plopped residential buildings. New Kellan, currently a BIG work in progress. There are some really big differences, such as: A slightly bigger region (bigger by about an extra large city tile in both length and width) The Columbus Terrain Mod A new tree controller (not sure if it is the Pacific Northwest Tree Controller or Cascadia Tree Controller, they are nearly identical) More "Tourist Spots" 4 new cities: Berkley, West Chandler, Cedar Hills, Valdale Slightly different terrain I wish I had more pictures to show of the progress, but for now here are three teasers. Replies will be in the next update...
  7. Wolfskreut (CBD and some more images)

    27 and 29 are true beauties, very nice work!
  8. Update 34- The Foothills Update

    It's one of Fribes great stadiums:
  9. Bipin's Hamilton - Two Storey House

    Wow, not only another beautiful Bat By Bipin but another taste of North American architecture!? Its good to see a fellow city builder appreciating an architecture style other than European, keep up the good work!
  10. Update 34- The Foothills Update

    Previous Update: The University Update Next Update: Midtown Santa Rio No prologue today... Replies are at the bottom... First up...Palos Verdes Foothills Population: 15,032 Median Household Income: $104,683 Intersection of W. Redwood Avenue and N. Foothills Blvd., the center of life in Palos Verdes A local distribution center as well as Palos Verdes High School, a school that is so known for it's snobby student body that it was the setting of a high school drama show that became very popular in Henderson. A condominium overlooks Foothills Blvd in this rotated view. Some commercial on Foothills Blvd. Despite the area's strong suburban feel, big corporations still found a way to nestle themselves into the city. Eastbound transmission lines from the nearby nuclear power plant are hidden in a forest of trees. State Route 10 Zoe Nuclear Power Plant, which became functional in 1993, provides over 55% of the region's power, with the rest coming from hydroelectricity, something the Pacific Northwest is known for. Interchange of State Route 10 and Interstate 45, a freeway that one can take past Catalina Foothills and all the way to the US-Henderson Border in Alaska. At the bottom is the exit to the nuclear plant. Catalina Foothills Population: 14,338 Median Household Income: $86,229 A view of Interstate 45 entering Catalina Foothills An over-sized exit onto Foothills Avenue in the Southern portion of Catalina Foothills Catalina Foothills Police Department More commercial along Foothills Avenue Northbound transmission lines in the southern portion of the city Some affordable housing in Catalina Foothills, something Palos Verdes does not have. Some houses along the small mountain range that divides the city into two. Downtown Catalina Foothills, located in the Northern portion of the city More of Downtown Replies korver Thanks! MilitantRadical Thanks, and I always did have a small feeling the building didn't fit in... sunda Obrigado! Que bom que você gostou! gviper Lol thanks! Nexusfire I'm planning to show the airport sometime soon, but I must warn you it is a pretty basic airport...
  11. Cities of the World [One Image per Post]

    Seattle, Washington again. Although it may be known very well in North America as a tech hub, liberal hot spot, the home of Starbucks, and as one of the coolest places for Millennials in the US, the city isn't very well known outside North America unless it involves technology or geology. People often underestimate Seattle's (relatively) unique inner-city architecture, and even the city's heavily forested outer-suburbs, which is saying something considering other big cities on the West Coast like Vancouver and Los Angeles don't really have super-unique skylines. (Note that in the picture below sometime turned down the highlights to make the mountain look more visible, so the clouds look kind of weird. Seattle is also famous for being a very cloudy and rainy city, and even though Seattle has a lot of rainy days, the rain falls very "lightly" so the actual amount of rainfall will never really add up high unless you go to the mountains, therefore it is not at all a good home for storm chasers or weather buffs.
  12. Update 33- The University Update

    [Click banner for full size] College Town, home to three different colleges, is a district of Santa Rio that is full of young, ambitious adults that finally managed to move away from their parents and find a creepy roommate to bunk with. Although the district is often criticized for it's virtually absent nightlife, students still find a way to have police show up to the dorms every night, and with a median age of 20, that tradition isn't going away any time soon... Replies are at the bottom... First things first, the University of English Vancouver, the main college of the district and the fifth oldest in the U of EV system. PS, if you didn't figure it out after all these updates, English Vancouver is supposed to be an alternative British Columbia and a state of Henderson. There it is, the Santa Rio campus of the University of English Vancouver. Home to raving block parties, an ominous forest, and an occasional sewage smell, this campus of the U of EV definitely isn't the nicest. Other than it's medical school/hospital, Vu Medical Center, and the College of Built Environments, all of the school's academic programs are ranked last in the entire U of EV system and don't even make it into top 100 programs in all of Henderson. This is the North Campus Science Multiplex. The Foster Science Complex is home to four different schools, including the College of Built Environments, which is known for having the 11th best undergraduate Architecture program in North America and the 15th best undergraduate Interior Design program in Henderson. A CVS Pharmacy next to the NCSM. The Vu Medical Center, formerly known as Vu Research, is home to one of the best medical programs on the entire continent. Some more schools and buildings in the main part of the campus Some stores and a Hyvee Groceries & Gas along Foster Ave. Here you can see the SRMMA and the English Vancouver School of Design, a separate college that is almost always ranked higher than the neighboring U of EV campus. Intersection of Foster Ave. & Jackson Ave. Southeastern portion of the Parkers Court Dorm Complex. Southwestern portion of the Parkers Court Dorm Complex. Northern portion of the Parkers Court Dorm Complex. Westwood Village, a group of condominiums that is marketed exclusively towards graduate students. Parkland Lofts, an upscale student housing development that replaced Brennan Hall in 2010. A local Super Target that has been known as a place unsafe for kids at night since it can sometimes fall victim to the local streakers of the campus. Next up are the two other colleges in the district, the Kingston Institute and the E.V. School of Design. The English Vancouver School of Design was originally founded as Northwestern College in 1965 but relocated from the Kellan Metropolitan Area and "relaunched" to become the college it is known as today. The former school became defunct in 1990 after a majority of the school's professors were caught giving their students answers to major licensing tests for various degrees for over four years. 11 years later, the school relaunched with an entirely new persona to work it's way up to one of the most respected design schools on the North American West Coast. The school has since then produced many successful alumni including Mark Hamelberg, a famous NFL player, Janice Smith, co-founder of social media site InstaFace with a net worth of over 18.9 billion dollars, and Jack Hodgins, an actor known for his big movie roles including Captain Henderson in The Revengers. The school also offers a number of dual degree programs with the nearby Kingston Institute as well as a dual degree in Photography with the neighboring U of EV campus. The Kingston Institute, founded in 1950, is a premium college known for it's well-respected law school as well as it's superb MBA program. Because of this, the school is made up of mostly graduate students from all over the world who managed to get past the relatively difficult admission process. On February 15th, 2015, the school gained even more recognition after Stephen Hawking gave a very compelling lecture in the school's library building, and in July 2014 when one of Morgan Freeman's grandchildren enrolled in the school. Untouched Panoramas Replies Compdude787 Thanks! And it only has one freeway because it is supposed to be situated in the relatively remote region. Ln X That is very true. And lucky for you, Palos Verdes is in the next update. gviper Thanks! Linoa06 Thanks kschmidt Thanks! It is a shame that grid patterns are hard to escape from. sunda obrigado! (Thanks!) Next Update: Palos Verdes Foothills & Catalina Foothills.
  13. City Journal Announcement

    Thanks! Glad I can be an inspiration! I also just posted a bunch of maps as a placeholder update if that will do anything for you. And may I ask what city inspired you the most?
  14. Update 32- Santa Rio Maps

    [Click banner for full size] I planned to update Santa Rio a long time ago, but my hard drive got corrupted. Luckily, Santa Rio is backed up but my wife decided to send my computer to Geek Squad despite the fact I told her I could fix it myself. Toshiba, for some reason, decided to replace the motherboard as well so now I'm dealing with a whole new slew of problems related to Windows 10 not being activated now. Also, two things about the the valley's grid pattern (I know people are silently judging me on it): 1) I am REALLY bad at finding a way to zone along diagonal and curved roads in SC4 while making it look good at the same time. 2) Despite this, I actually made the cities of Langley, Ironwood, and Hawthorne disconnect from the grid pattern. Sadly, those are all in the Southeast valley so they do not show up in any of these photos. Replies are at the bottom... Replies kschmidt Thanks! Glad to see someone else in the city building community that appreciates non-European architecture. BugeyedDragon That is the Treasure Island Casino (from Las Vegas). I'm not sure if I got it from the STEX or SC4D Themistokles Thanks! And the cities Santa Rio is based off of don't really have expansive light rail systems. They are present, but certain parts of the North American West Coast are known for being very car dependent, so Santa Rio's realism is based off that factor. feyss Thanks! raynev1 Thanks! And I was actually going for that dense Manhattanization of the CBD. Schulmanator Thanks! Glad you liked the variety. Mr. Bluescreen Lol thanks! It is a really nice region. inspire224 Thanks! jmsepe Thanks! I usually don't do tall buildings so that was a special. sejr99999 Thanks! Next Update: Northwest Santa Rio (Greene, Owen Heights, & College Town)
  15. Update 31- Downtown Santa Rio

    [Click banner for full size] Downtown Santa Rio is home to some of the region's only luxury condos, ones with beautiful views of the city and its windy rivers as well as the surrounding forest. However, with these condos maxing out at $3.5 million, they aren't nearly as luxurious when compared to those in larger cities. Once one exits the area of downtown filled with skyscrapers, they will notice that the area's residential neighborhoods are actually quite charming and peaceful, and is known for it's surprisingly low crime rates. Whether its the district's impressive skyline, world class shopping, relatively affordable housing, or unparalleled views of the encompassing valley that take a person's breath away. Also, if you only want to see the buildings of the skyline scroll to the bottom. Replies are at the bottom... In 1997, when the state's population boom went into full swing, and when Santa Rio tried to launch a tourist campaign, it failed. Many blamed it on the unwelcoming weather of the Pacific Northwest so the city decided to build a group of light colored hotels to simulate a warm weather city. Today, these eight Art Deco hotels are not only landmarks but so popular that most tourists have to book a room seven months before their visit. The Zeus River is a very clean river, almost clean enough to drink without filtration. Every single city along the river, included Santa Rio, is lined with a section of untouched pine trees that were there centuries before any Europeans arrived, although there are some exceptions. This does help promote the building of tall hotels and apartments, as seen above, in addition to protecting the environment. Panorama [Click for full size] One of the exceptions to the tree-lined standard mentioned above is this residential portion of Downtown. All of these apartments were built before the state government began prohibiting urban development directly along the banks of the Zeus River in 1983. Despite the fact new medium-density developments are constantly springing up across the state, there are still some single family homes that somehow manage to survive in the midst of the mid-rise chaos. However, there are constantly tons of lawsuits every single year as developers are constantly trying to get rid of these homes to build denser developments. Here you can see the intersection of Jackson Ave. and Woodrow Road. The buildings on the intersection are (listed clockwise), the Santa Rio Main Library, Treasure Island Hotel & Casino, Chase Bank Tower, and the Grand Hyatt Hotel- Santa Rio. As one travels farther south down Jackson Ave. towards the Riverscape District, they will occasionally run into hi-rises and skyscrapers. A typical residential neighborhood in Downtown, similar neighborhoods can also be found in Midtown, Riverscape, and the Razer districts. Harbor Medical Center The northern end of Downtown, with the Jackson Ave. bridge in the background (I don't know why cars don't show up on the bridge). As you travel west on Woodrow Road towards Midtown, you will run into the headquarters of Myers and Edison Continental Bank, often stylized as ME Bank, as well as Central Towne Center, a 6-floor enclosed shopping center with over 593,000 square feet of retail space that is attached to the ME Bank tower. (In real life, the mall is called the Melbourne Central Shopping Center/Centre in Australia while the tower is the Melbourne Central Office Tower). More skyscrapers on Jackson Ave. heading south towards Riverscape. We are now in the area of Downtown that houses most of the skyscrapers that make the city's iconic skyline. [Click for full size] Updated Regional Satellite View (No Political Borders) If you look towards the top you can see the University of English Vancouver- Santa Rio, a campus of the UofEV that has over 72,000 students, as well as it's lonely football stadium. Updated Regional Transport View Replies Themistokles Thanks! And the Santa Rio proper only has 500k people, a light rail would be very lightly used. gviper The eastern suburbs, once made, are going to break the grid. Ln X I'm planning to do that after the next update, which will show the university. GreekMan I understand what you mean by not having the drive to build anymore, but I'm both glad and flattered I can be inspiration! lucasfg3 Thanks, glad you love it! kelistmac Thanks! Also, a port wouldn't be feasible since all the bridges on the river are barely raised above the water.