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  1. New True Earth Update - San Francisco. Check it out here:

     

  2. San Francisco

    Thank you very much @mike_oxlong!
  3. San Francisco

    Today, we're taking a look at another one of the United States' iconic cities - San Francisco. This hilly city sits on a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay in Northern California - and since it's founding in 1776, it's evolved into a cultural, commercial, and financial center. With plenty of famous landmarks and attractions dotting the city - it's also one of the country's top tourist destinations as well. We'll start the trip off in the city's Central Business District - with a number of the city's tallest buildings like Transamerica Pyramid, 555 California Street (formerly Bank of America Center), and 345 California Street in full view. A view of San Francisco's stunning skyline at nighttime. At the center of the city's skyline is the distinctive, pyramid shaped Transamerica Pyramid. Upon its completion in 1972, it was the world's 8th tallest building - and even though it's not the tallest skyscraper in the city anymore (since surpassed by the 1,070 ft. Salesforce Tower, completed this year), it's still the most iconic. We venture out of downtown and onto the city's infamously hilly streets - and it gets especially steep on Lombard Street. This street is famously known for a one block stretch where it zigs and zags down the hillside - and these 8 hairpin curves have given it the title of "The Most Crookedest Street In The World". The crookedness serves a purpose, too - as it was intended to slow down vehicles and to reduce the steep gradient of the hillside, all while offering incredible views of the city. Located northwest of Lombard is the stunning Palace of Fine Arts. Constructed in 1915 for the Panama-Pacific Exposition, this Greco-Roman palace and attraction - complete with a rotunda and columns - has remained one of the city's most popular landmarks ever since. Art exhibitions are still shown regularly, and it also serves as a park and popular wedding destination. Our next destination can be found on top of the city's steep Telegraph Hill - the beautiful Coit Tower. Built as a gift from the late socialite Lillie Hitchcock Coit, this 210 foot tall art deco tower has remained an icon on the San Francisco skyline ever since its opening on October 8th, 1933. For our next destination, we catch a ferry ride at Pier 33 to visit "The Rock" - Alcatraz Island. This small island in San Francisco Bay was developed in the mid 1800s with military fortifications, a lighthouse, and most famously - a prison. Once a small military prison, it quickly grew in size and served as a federal prison from 1934 to 1963, housing some of the country's most hardened criminals like Al Capone. The rugged terrain and frigid water made it the perfect place for inmates - and the unforgiving punishments handed out here gave it a harsh reputation. Although it's been abandoned for decades - it's still one of the city's most well known landmarks and tourist attractions. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is located in the heart of the city and is another one of the city's most distinctive landmarks - the current building was constructed in 1995 and houses some 33,000 pieces of artwork. It's one of the world's largest modern and contemporary museums - any visit here is sure to inspire the mind. The earthquake of 1906 brought much devastation to San Francisco and its skyline - and the old city hall was one of its most prominent buildings brought to rubble. The new San Francisco City Hall, re-opened in 1915, has remained an icon on the skyline ever since with its distinctive Beaux-Arts Dome rising 307 feet above the city. Last but not least is the city's most iconic landmark - the legendary Golden Gate Bridge. This 8,981 foot long suspension bridge spans a narrow straight connecting San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean - and has been open for traffic since 1937. Despite the name, the bridge is actually painted in a brilliant "international orange" color, and it makes for a truly stunning sight, day or night. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver Previous Update: "U.S. Skylines" Thanks to @Cyclone Boom, @Silur, @Krasner, @art128, @Toby Ferrian, @RobertLM78, @CorinaMarie, @Handyman, @mrsmartman, @tonyr, @redfox85, @simmytu, @Androgeos, @bobolee, @The British Sausage, @jakis, @raynev1, @ESP15, @nycsc4, @kingofsimcity, @tariely, @scotttbarry, @MAW, @Odainsaker, @mike_oxlong, @feyss, @Simmer2, @etg-nc2nyc, @9gruntsand1hammer, @ByeByeBayou, @aciaKa, @Elenphor, & @_Michael for all the likes!
  4. U.S. Skylines

    @Duco Thanks, glad you enjoyed @Tokyu Thank you very much for the nice words!
  5. Guess Who's Next V2

    Yep. Phil?
  6. U.S. Skylines

    @ByeByeBayou Thanks for the comment Even though there weren't a lot of exact replicas out there - the NDEX team made a couple that were strongly inspired (here & here) - and I was able to find enough other close lookalikes for the skyline to make it work. Glad you liked it.
  7. U.S. Skylines

    @RobertLM78 Thanks for the comment I'm about done with all of Portland's downtown actually, so that might be coming in another update down the road @tonyr Thank you very much @Androgeos Thanks for the nice words! Virtually everything in this update is from the STEX/LEX (well except for few on lesser known sites like Busch Stadium which I found on TSC). I think there might have been only one custom BAT used here, so it really is a testament to all the great BATers out there @TekindusT Thanks, glad you enjoyed it @SC4L0ver Thank you for the nice comment - yeah, for this update I wanted to show some other US Skylines besides just the big ones, glad you liked it @nycsc4 Thanks for the comment and nice words! It might be difficult to recreate it 100% faithfully in SC4, but I may give it a go if I can find some free time one of these days @Mr Saturn64 Thanks for the comment! I knew you'd like the Philly recreation @mike_oxlong Thanks for the kind words as always @Simmer2 Thank you for the nice words! Glad you liked it. @slickbg56 Thanks for the comment! I've been to a couple other Midwest ballparks before, but haven't been to Busch yet - it's definitely next on the list, looks pretty amazing from what I've seen. And yeah, it's a shame about the rooftop props- the LODs always glitch out or the lack of proper shadows always makes it look weird, so unfortunately that's one area I haven't really touched in this CJ.
  8. New True Earth update - U.S. Skylines. Check it out here:

     

  9. U.S. Skylines

    Today, we're returning to the United States to cover a few more of the country's most stunning skylines. After already taking a look at the iconic skylines of New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago in previous updates - we'll be viewing St. Louis, Portland, Houston, and Philadelphia today. St. Louis, Missouri We begin in the Midwest - with our first stop being St. Louis. This major city sits right on the Mississippi River and is home to the iconic Gateway Arch, which towers 630 feet above the surrounding skyscrapers. It holds the title of being the tallest man made monument in the United States and serves as a symbol of the city's past - a true "Gateway to the West" for pioneers. Portland, Oregon Located in the United States' Pacific Northwest, Portland has one of the United States' most unique skylines with a mix of historic buildings and post modern skyscrapers like the 509 foot tall KOIN Tower. The "City of Roses" sits right under the shadow of Mt. Hood, and can offer some stunning panoramas: It's usually rainy here, but snowfalls can happen during the winter months - it's always a special sight. Houston, Texas We're headed to the South for our next city - Houston. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, oil production was booming and the city's skyline saw massive growth, with the 1,002 foot tall JPMorgan Chase Tower (1982) and 992 foot tall Wells Fargo Bank Plaza (1983) rising above the rest. A massive oil glut however soon followed and the city's skyline became stagnant for decades - but construction has picked back up in recent years. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Our last stop today will be on the East Coast - where we'll visit the "City of Brotherly Love" and home of the Philly Cheesesteak - Philadelphia. Once the capital of the United States, it's a city noted for its historic buildings like Independence Hall and Philadelphia City Hall - but in recent years, the skyline has been growing rapidly as well. With the 1,121 ft tall Comcast Technology Center (2018) and the 974 ft tall Comcast Center (2008) joining an already impressive skyline - it's truly one of the country's most stunning skylines. Special thanks for the photographs used in this update: St Louis night, CCSA2.5, Daniel Schwen | Portland at Dusk, CCSA2, Alejandro Rdguez | Houston night, CCSA2, eflon | Philadelphia from South Street Bridge July 2016 panorama 3, CCSA3, King of Hearts/Maps and stuff. Each photograph has the same license as the original, was resized, sharpened/blurred, and given a filter, border and vignette. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver - - - Previous Update: "Lagos" Thanks to @The British Sausage, @bladeberkman, @redfox85, @Silur, @CorinaMarie, @RobertLM78, @jakis, @AndisArt, @Toby Ferrian, @Krasner, @feyss, @tonyr, @bobolee, @mike_oxlong, @Cyclone Boom, @raynev1, @kingofsimcity, @Handyman, @ByeByeBayou, @SC4L0ver, @Manuel-ito, @Angry Mozart, @weixc812, @Duco, @scotttbarry, @Tyberius06, @Androgeos, @aciaKa, @9gruntsand1hammer, & @mrsmartman for all the likes!
  10. Show us your Downtown / CBD

    @RobertLM78 It's on my to-do list this year - so we'll see
  11. Pacific Islands

    @MillionSeven Thank you very much! @tariely I'm glad you enjoyed the holiday The weather's been pretty bad here too over the last couple of months, that's probably why I made the update in the first place
  12. SimCity 3000 BAT project

    @Diego Del Llano
  13. ESP15 AXA Center

    Looking good! Nice work.
  14. ESP15 1095 6th Avenue

    Nicely done!
  15. The Torch

    Very impressive! Nicely done.
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