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  1. 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!
  2. Lagos

    Today, we're taking a trip to Lagos, Nigeria - home to some 21 million people, it's not just Africa's largest city but also one of the largest cities in the world. As you'll see in the pictures below - the streets here can get unbelievably crowded, and played a part in the country moving its capital to the more centrally located (and more spacious) city of Abuja in 1991. The city has continued to grow since then however - and has further developed into a financial center for all of Africa. While today, Lagos is a city known for its sprawling markets, crowded housing districts and busy streets - there was a time when the city was a little less chaotic. Here in 1910, the city was just beginning to grow - with the first steam tramways crossing the streets. By the 1960s and 1970s, the city was growing rapidly and quickly became known for its intensely crowded streets - and Nnamdi Azikiwe street in the heart of the city is one the city's busiest. Markets like Idumota Market spill out onto the streets and can make traveling anywhere quite difficult. Another view of Nnamdi Azikiwe and Idumota Market in the 1980s. While the streets are usually crowded at all times of the day - it gets especially bad during rush hour, and you could be stuck in a traffic jam for hours behind an endless stream of yellow Danfos buses. There's a reason why they call them "go-slows". We move forward to current times to take a look at one of the city's most iconic landmarks - the Lagos Central Mosque. Opened for worship in 1988, its distinctive Ottoman style minarets can be seen from nearly everywhere in the heart of the city. Close by is another one of the city's most important markets - the sprawling Balogun Market, widely recognized as one of the best places to buy fabrics in the city. For our next sight, we're making a brief stop on the mainland - where it's a common sight to see wood merchants and sawmills dotting the shorelines. There's a number of bridges crossing the lagoon to get here - with the most stunning being the Third Mainland Bridge, which wraps around the perimeter of the shoreline for nearly 40,000 feet, and is usually filled with the city's iconic buses. We head back South across Lagos Island to take a look at the city's Central Business District. Many of the country's most important corporations, financial institutions, and major commercial banks are headquartered here, and it serves as a financial center for all of West Africa. For our last scene, we're taking a glimpse into the future to visit the city's Eko Atlantic development, being built on the city's reclaimed Atlantic shoreline on Victoria Island. This new development will house some 250,000 residents and include a variety of commercial and financial developments as well, leading some to call it a modern African Wall Street. While the development won't be completed for years to come - it still gives hope that it will transform the city into an even larger financial hub. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver - - - Thanks to @scotttbarry, @_Michael, @AsimPika3172, @Handyman, @Krasner, @CorinaMarie, @jakis, @mike_oxlong, @Manuel-ito, @redfox85, @raynev1, @Toby Ferrian, @Angry Mozart, @tariely, @Silur, @pcwhiz24, @bobolee, @matias93, @Odainsaker, @9gruntsand1hammer, @Huggy-Bear, @Androgeos, @Elenphor, @kschmidt, @SC4L0ver, & @RobertLM78 for all the likes on the preview!
  3. Lagos (Preview)

    Lagos (Preview) For our next destination, we're taking a trip to Africa and visiting the continent's largest city - Lagos. We'll be taking a look at some of the city's most crowded markets, iconic landmarks, and even a glimpse into the future to see new developments on the city's Atlantic shoreline. It's one of my most ambitious custom lotting projects yet, and the full update is just about done - but in the meantime, here's a little preview of what's to come Lagos is home to some of the world's most crowded streets - and it gets especially busy near its famous Idumota Market, where you could be stuck in traffic for hours behind countless yellow Danfos buses. A view of Downtown Lagos. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver - - - Previous Update: "Pacific Islands" Big thanks to @CorinaMarie, @redfox85, @tonyr, @AndisArt, @bobolee, @kingofsimcity, @rivit, @weixc812, @RobertLM78, @Angry Mozart, @pcwhiz24, @Odainsaker, @bladeberkman, @scotttbarry, @Silur, @The British Sausage, @Toby Ferrian, @jakis, @Handyman, @Manuel-ito, @Linoa06, @Krasner, @AsimPika3172, @matias93, @Dgmc2013, @9gruntsand1hammer, @nissan_s14, @mike_oxlong, @Simmer2, @kschmidt, @ESP15, @PHBSD, @raynev1, @mrsmartman, @MAW, @rathefalcon, @Androgeos, @SC4L0ver, @_Michael, @feyss, & @Prophet42 for all the likes!
  4. Along metro line B

    Today, I'm going to present you my city with an original presentation. You are going discover the city accros the metro station along the line B of Ligonnes. Metro B map Gerland quarter, his sport hall and his old stadium which is now use for rugby The quarter is also composed with a little campus and a lot research center Debourg Junction with Tramway T1 direction city center and East Hopital Center, his engineering school specialized in agro-food. The famous concert hall of the city Jean Macé His plaza, his small train station recently build to reduce the numbers of passengers in the twice big train station in the city. The train station is exclusively used for regional train, the train station is directly connect to the Tramway T2 University and city Center and metro Line B. Around the plaza you will find one of the most famous nightclub in the city, the Loft Club. Saxe Gambetta Station connected with the metro line D direction suburds and city center and the new quarter Vaise. Residential area Guichard Plaza A place, a residential area and the stocks markets. Part Dieu is the CDB metro station describe in the other entry https://community.simtropolis.com/journals/entry/28478-ligonnes-cbd/ Brotteaux An old train station detroy and replace by a new One the Part-Dieu Station in the CDB part. Old quarter of the city and very near the CBD To come Charpennes station and the Line B extension project
  5. Preface Hello all! This thread will feature several cities that i am building. They represent a fictional European kingdom that in real life would be somewhere around Denmark and Germany but with slightly milder weather (I do not have Snowfall). The cities would have nonsensical Germanic names and most of the cities would have a more European theme. Before someone get twitchy at the word "reich", it simply means empire in German. My Cims are not ... well, you know. A tour of Nordreich part 1: Schlossberg Welcome to Nordreich, a nation of happy, friendly and hard working people. The empire was created 200 years ago from a loose confederation of 7 duchies and principalities, and since then it has been guided by the goals of prosperity, freedom, and progress. Schlossberg is a coastal city of about 200,000 people. Before the creation of the empire, the city was the capital of the Duchy of Schlossberg. Today, it is governed by a democratically elected provincial assembly, while the Duke retains his nominal role as the leader of the duchy. Traveling to Schlossberg is easy. International travelers are welcome via the international airport. Meanwhile domestic flights are welcomed through the smaller Schlossberg North Regional airport: Passengers would be treated to a breathtaking Aerial view of the city while they are still up in the air, especially at night: The city is also easily accessible by train and by cruise ships. In fact it is such a popular destination for cruise ships that the has 3 cruise ports to handle the many travelers coming and going. Meanwhile, travelers by rail would arrive at the new Central Station, a regional transport hub that is also home to several subway lines and inner-city train routes that makes traveling within the city a breeze and car free. Once you arrive, there are plenty to see and enjoy all over the city. Here are some highlights: The Old Lighthouse is one of the oldest buildings in the city. Although no longer functional, today it is a popular location for tourists and locals searching for a romantic location to get married. A small team of provincial officers are there to conduct on site weddings for everyone who wish to tie the knot. The Basilica by the Sea is located near the site of the former cargo port. Originally built to pray for safety of seamen and remember those who were lost at sea, today it is a museum that commemorates the empire's role during the age of exploration and discovery. Around the Basilica is the Beach and Seaside district, home to major hotels, museums, and other leisure businesses. These include the panda sanctuary, a gift from the Chinese government One of the newest attractions of the city is the new Central park, located in the outer city district. And finally, the Schlossberg Palace and Gardens is one of the most popular destinations in the city, attracting thousands and thousands of visitors. Built around 200 years ago, the palace is the official part-time residence for the royal family, as well as the full-time residence of the duke and his court. The gardens was a partial replica of the larger imperial gardens in the capital of Reichsstadt, and it is open to the public. In the next entry: transportation and living in Schlossberg: green spaces, more attractions, and monuments.
  6. Pacific Islands

    Today, we'll be taking a tour across the Pacific Ocean - exploring some of its most beautiful landscapes, villages, landmarks and more. We begin in Hawaii, where we'll be taking a look at one of the Pacific's most stunning natural wonders - the Nā Pali Coast. Stretching fifteen miles long, these rugged cliffs dramatically rise nearly 4,000 feet above the ocean, making for an unforgettable sight. Coastal waterfalls dot the shorelines, and can be quite the stunning scene - especially after a heavy rainfall. We make our way a couple thousand miles East for our next stop - Ecuador's Galapagos Islands. This remote and isolated chain of islands is widely known for their amazing diversity, with many species found no where else on earth. Pinnacle Rock, located on Bartolome Island, is the islands' most recognizable landmark - formed by an underwater volcanic explosion, wind and erosion over time has given it a distinctive "shark tooth" look. Futher South is the Pacific's most mysterious landmark - the Moai of Chile's Easter Island. No one knows for sure how they were constructed, but it's believed that they were built to honor deceased ancestors and to protect the locals from invaders. Special thanks to Simmer2 for sending me the models! Travel a couple thousand miles West and you'll find one of the Pacific's smallest yet most beautiful capitals - Adamstown, located in the Pitcairn Islands. There's a simple beauty here - from the car-less streets, to the Norfolk pines that flank the hillsides, and to the great South Pacific sunsets - it's certainly worth a visit. Kiribati is our next destination - this low lying island republic stretches some 3,000 miles east to west, and contains plenty of uninhibited islands - which despite their beauty, are in danger of being washed away by rising seas. Our next stop is Tahiti's Bora Bora, one of the Pacific's most iconic atolls. With extremely shallow waters surrounding the entire atoll, it gave the locals the chance to build numerous resorts and huts right on top of the water, giving unmatched views for anyone staying the night. Bora Bora is truly incredible from above. We travel further West, stopping in New Caledonia to visit Nouméa's striking Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre. Since its opening in June 1998, it's been one of the region's most important and popular landmarks, celebrating the local Kanak culture. Our tour wraps up with a visit to one of the Pacific's most unique villages - Fiji's Navala Village. This 200 year old village is known for its traditional housing - with nearly 1,000 people living in it's many bures, or thatched roof houses. Nestled in the heart of rural Fiji with a stunning mountain backdrop as well - it's truly one of the Pacific's most picturesque locations. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver - - - Previous Update: "Japan" Big thanks to @jakis, @_Michael, @RobertLM78, @bobolee, @ESP15, @MushyMushy, @AndisArt, @redfox85, @The British Sausage, @Akallan, @CorinaMarie, @kschmidt, @Prophet42, @Krasner, @Odainsaker, @matias93, @Tonraq, @weixc812, @PaulSawyer, @AsimPika3172, @Marushine, @Toby Ferrian, @Handyman, @SC4L0ver, @feyss, @MAW, @Oerk, @mike_oxlong, @Sciurus, @tariely, @scotttbarry, @9gruntsand1hammer, @Angry Mozart, @thorK73, @Simmer2, @Aleksey-kuznetsow, @Jonas_Chaves, @Duco, @kingofsimcity, @Ling Ziming, @Dgmc2013, @jinjinjiejie, @mrsmartman, @Elenphor, @nRVOUS, @rathefalcon, @nissan_s14, @tonyr, @Artimus, @v701, & @Aezuros for all the likes! Replies for Japan:
  7. 1. Overview

    I'm back. I have a little bit more time; not much, but a little. Posts will be seldom at best, but the fact that I'm back still has me baffled. I promised I would bring a new region in to light - that region was partly damaged due to file transfer, so only a handful of cities had survived as a result. But fortunately, I was able to develop a small "provincial" region with over 1,200,000 residents. Allow me to walk you through some miscellaneous pictures. 1) Above is the smaller town of Lindley, with a population of 6,551. It straddles a northern development corridor, a distance from the largest city in Columbia, Northampton. The road to the right, Route 74, climbs the ridge and serves as a pivotal link between Lindley and points west on the Hashen Plateau, including Mountainville. 2) The Hashen Bridge was constructed in 1978, while the majority of Columbia province was much smaller than it was today. Originally a main link across the region (with Lindley at the time being an important transportation town), it has since been overshadowed by numerous freeways and other regional routes; the bridge today carries local traffic between Lindley and rural areas outside of Northampton. 3) Further down the valley from Lindley is the moderately sized community of Midland, which has a population of 22,642. Midland saw quite considerable gentrification and expansion in the late 1990s with the construction of Highway 21 to the immediate west. Midland has, as of recent, become more of a commuter city, as the population has steadily increased with the surrounding Auburn and Northampton suburbs approaching city boundaries. 4) Appropriately named "The Crossroads", this area is the result of an 11 year expansion project, aimed at joining city of Cambridge and the metropolis Northampton. Here, Highway 21 continues towards the top of the image, and the newly reassigned Highway 72 continues into a lengthy tunnel, where it emerges at the foot of the Hashen River. The area here is officially designated as part of Cambridge, and the development around this new interchange has exploded. The reassignment of Highway 72 gives suburban areas a much faster, direct route into the Northampton area, whereas before commuters were required to encounter Auburn traffic and encounter the previous terminus of Highway 72 north of Midland. 5) Here we see Highway 72 meandering to the right of the screen in the city of Riverton, right next door to the thriving metropolis of Northampton. Riverton sits on the northern shore of Hashen Bay, with ferry and subway services providing easy access to Northampton without use of car. Towards the top of the picture is Route 37, which is a major surface artery for the smaller cities around Northampton. Not pictured to the bottom is Lancaster Island, which serves as a convenient turn west for the Highway 72 towards Cambridge; a small industrial park is also found here. And, last but certainly not least.... ^^^^^ (pro tip: make sure to get rid of those pesky buttons before you screenshot. Darnit.) ^^^^^ (unfortunately, this region is solely medium tiles, so I can't go too far without exposing edges. But since this was at night and it wasn't too terrible, I found it hard to pass up.) (pro tip 2: demolish those darn manufacturing tiles so they don't show zots and ruin another picture.) 6) All of the above are of Northampton, a city currently straddling a population of 775,000 and a greater urban area of 908,000. Northampton is comprised of one large peninsula, as well as two islands to the south and east. But more on that later....this was just an intro. It's good to be back. Not sure when the next one will be, but I look forward to continuing this CJ. Until next time.
  8. Holston Begins

    The year is 1867. Andrew Johnson is the sitting president of these United States of America. Nebraska is admitted full statehood. The U.S. has just bought Alaska from the Russians. Westward Expansion is still full throttle. Yes, disease and poverty run rampant still, but the Industrial Revolution has begun a few decades prior. New industries and shops are being built, and businesses are prospering. It is the era of American Reconstruction. Enter Holston: A small but promising boom town with much to offer. Though the skies are filled with smog and the streets are dirty potholed, what goes on behind the large glass windows and the bricks upon bricks is extraordinary. Holston might not look like much now, but it will become a large, prosperous city with scholars and businessmen aplenty. And now without further ado, some photographs of the great city herself, in all her glory. Thanks guys and hope you enjoyed it! More shall come soon.
  9. Notes and stuff: One day, I was looking at the forums (before I registered.) I say a section marked 'City Journals'. I thought 'Hey, that section looks nice, maybe I'll find a nice city timeline in there.' *click* Immediately, I saw a thread marked 'Skylines of Cathnoquey.' I thought 'That looks interesting, I should read it.' *click* I spent the next 3 hours reading it. (Good job Linoa, your journal is one of the best I've seen) After I was done, I wanted more. Much more. I waited for updates. *One week passes* Nope. *One month passes* Nope. *One year passes* Still nope. There finally was an update in November 2017. I was excited! I thought the series would be revived. That was the last update before now. (If the author has real-life problems, I understand.) There seemed to be a big hole where the 'Organic City Timeline Journals' category was. At this point, my interest in C:S began to rise again. I thought 'Why not make a city journal?' So I did. I tried to make one and lost the save file. (I just remade it.) The town that I remade I wanted to be the first town to have the city journal focused on. I hope to update this one until I lose interest within a month for at least a few years until my SSD has no more room for my save files. That town's name was Lynnfield (Named for a reason that you maybe will see once I stop being lazy and make a state map for Lynnfield.) So here it is! (Notes are done.) __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ In northeastern Kabylake province (named for the giant lake in the middle of the province and another hint to where the name Lynnfield came from), at the intersection of Freeway I-670 and A-87 (The major highways in the province) lies a sleepy village by the name of Lynnfield. It's an unassuming little town, situated at the tributary of two rivers. This quiet little town of 2.950 hasn't seen much development since its founding a mere 35 years ago. The city lies just off Freeway A-87. The city is linked to a freeway, connected by a roundabout named Maxwell Circle, aptly named for the giant statue of a GTX 980 in the center. On the other side of the freeway lies the city's farming industry, which has largely driven the local economy and provided the majority of employment in the city. Freeway A-87, which provides highway access to Lynnfield. Cosine Co., a major engineering company in Kabylake, recently opened another of its many headquarters, providing Lynnfield citizens an alternative to farm work and a break from the sun and the heat. Atlantic Salmon Apartments, named for how the colors of the complex resemble the skin and meat of a salmon, is the latest addition to a downtown that otherwise hasn't changed in the past 15 years. Bob the motorcyclist takes a right turn to the farm he's employed at. He's contemplating leaving the city or applying for a job at Cosine Co., as the city has provided little jobs for college graduates like him. Lynnfield high school. Built 20 years ago, the school is starting to have an overflow problem and the city, governed by Mayor McFatbags, seems to spend all its budget at improving the Mayor's mansion, so the problem remains. However, elections are coming up, and there's a disruptive candidate that gives the previously uncontesed (for reasons that the city absolutely does not want to disclose) mayor McFatbags a run for his money. The intersection of Blemont and 7th street, the main East-West and North-South axes of the town. Plans to upgrade the roads and potentially accommodate more new citizens have been stalled by the mayor's monopolistic council, but as mentioned before, there a a wave of young Lynnfielders who are tired of stagnation and corruption in the city and running for a spot in city council and even mayor. The city hall. The 2 main highways near the city provide the city a huge opportunity as a transportation hub, which many of the young Lynnfielders running for city council or Mayor are hoping to take advantage of. Being the largest town within a few tens of miles with low tax rates and easy accessibility, maybe the city will grow some day... That's it for today! There probably will be more tomorrow, considering how excited I am at continuing this. This is my first CJ, so feedback is strongly appreciated. Edit: Ideas for future updates and mods/assets are also appreciated. The map is Copper Creek, if anyone's curious.
  10. Welcome back! A beautiful winter goes by as we welcome a new year, new opportunities and more growth! Let's get caught up in what has happened over the last 3 years! Woodland Town continues to grow and thrive... The southern Industrial Sector is expanded with more factories to meet increasing demands for work as more R$ move in: Population hangs around 25,000. Woodland Town is now the largest town in the region! More apartment buildings are built alongside the industrial area: A lake was dug out in order to help make the asphalt for the new roads and to create a nice, more natural landmark to break the monotony of the terrain around it: The proposed railroad is finally built, which will ease the major traffic problems in this town as well as connect to Woodland River City. New homes are also built in the space to connect the residential areas: Farming continues to expand as food demand increases. The Woodland Town Fire Department has expanded their firefighting ability with a landing strip: The railroad is a boon to the industries that transport freight. More manufacturing factories are built: As more industries are built, more residential areas are built, along with industries on the southern area of the town: The population approaches 30,000. Me, Ben, and mayor Matthew (of River City) Make plans to expand the railroad further and create a mass regional transportation system, especially for freight! The possibilities are endless! Simoleon income is only 2,000 a month but the treasury stands at 2 million from last year. A small University is built on the southern area of town, currently know as Woodland City College, complete with a few dorms with capacity to house 1,500 eager freshmen! While people will commute for classes there, some students are moving in from River City and Pleasantview since this is currently the only town with a college in the region: Along with railroads, construction has begun on a proposed 2-Lane regional highway that will serve as the interstate connecting multiple cities in the region: The highway is named Interstate 30, as the highway will connect to cities across the region and go east. Here's the proposed concept: Orange = Interstate 30 (Short Term) Blue = Proposed highway system (For the longer term) Green = Proposed Maxis Toll-Way (Will be very expensive as it will require demolishing) More images of Woodland Town: ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Here's the latest image of the region for reference: Our next door neighboring towns have grown quite a lot! Here's an older image of the region taken just a couple years before the tornado: Not only is there growth but I see some new towns popping up around the region! I see two new cities, Coibridge and Kenneth City. Let's visit our neighboring towns and see how much they changed! (Fact: Woodland Metropolis is the initial name but it is referred to as Woodland Town in the story, at least for now.) Welcome to Woodland River City! (Usually referred to as "River City") WL River City is currently the second largest town in the region, with a population of 18,330. Founded by current mayor Matthew Brooks, WL River City is small industrial town. WL River Town serves many important roles in the region, most notably being the main power provider to Woodland Town, as well as the Pleasant view and District 1. Founded shortly after Woodland town, the town is built along the river, surrounded by thick woodlands of mainly oaks and pines. Fun Fact: Woodland River City was not affected by the tornadoes. In fact, the town served as a haven for those who lost their homes! Mayor Matthew sent us resources whenever we needed them. Their trash is exported to Woodland Town. Mayor Matthew has accepted the railroad connection to Woodland Town! Over 4149 passengers commute to River City now! Yep, very busy railroads: The town's population is a mix of middle and low class folks. Most of the low class are housed in apartments around the central square, along with a dense apartment area west of the town center, housing over 4,000 people! There aren't a lot of high wealth, due to the 12% tax on them. Mayor Matthew prefers them simple folks! Besides, according to him, every time a R$$$ moved in here, they would complain and leave to Woodland Town either due to smog or noises. Life is actually pretty good in general here. The city has a lot of coal and oil power supplies which causes occasional smog, but most people are content living here. The town is built more compact, with services such as schools, clinics, police and fire stations concentrated around town center. Railroads snake through the woodlands delivering freight and transporting thousands of people to other cities. Large power lines stick above the thick woods, which deliver power to Woodland Town: The iconic sound of trains, especially in rush hour is a sound just about everyone is familiar with: The residential area here is made up of mostly apartments, with the occasional middle class home, which usually houses block mangers: A large oil power plant, arguably the tallest building in the region: We head south down the river to a small little town known as Pleasant View! These smaller towns are under my influence as a mayor. (This town and District 1) Welcome to Pleasant View! Here's how much it has grown over the years: (Older photo taken one early dawn) The town now has a population of 12,129! Pleasantview is only accessible by rail, at least until the highway connects it. North of River City is District 1: With a population of 13,866, like the rest of the region, this town has seen its fair share of growth over the years: Following the railroad west, we see a new start-up town known as Coibridge. The town has been separated from the rest of the region until it was finally connected with the road and railroad: Founded by Gene Philips (Current Mayor) this very fast growing town is the 3rd largest in the region with a population of 18,455. The city feeds off the high demands of smoggy heavy industries: Fast forward to today (Back to Woodland Town) I have two kids, a boy named Jeremy and daughter named Christina. Jeremy is in 4th grade and Christina is in 2nd grade. I drive them to school for their last day before Spring Break: I drop them off at Woodland Elementary (Pre-K to 5th Grade) before going to work at the city hall. My wife usually picks them up afterschool. Woodland Elementary School (WLES) School Schedule: 7:30 am - 2:30 am - Full Schedule 11:00 am - 11:45 am - Lunch 11:50 am - 12:30 am - Recess Thank you for reading! I apologize for the long wait but there's much more to come! I will try to update this much more often!
  11. Japan

    Today we'll be taking a look at one of the world's most beautiful countries - Japan. With an impressive mix of new and old structures, landscapes, natural wonders and more - there's plenty here to keep you in awe. Our tour begins with a trip to the famous Itsukushima Shrine in Hatsukaichi, located near Hiroshima on the western side of the country. It's one of the country's most sacred sites and popular tourist destinations - its 45 foot high Torii Gate is truly breathtaking. We travel east to Kyoto, the former capital of Japan - where we'll visit one of the country's most iconic landmarks: the famous Golden Pavilion. Originally completed in 1397, this site has been a symbol of Kyoto for centuries. Despite being completely rebuilt in 1955, this famous Zen temple still retains its charm and beauty - and its famed gold leaf exterior attracts plenty of tourists. Japan is a country that's also known for its stunning countryside - and its rice paddies are one of the country's most famous sites. With nearly 80% of the country covered in mountains, terraces like these can be seen for miles around. Japan is also one of the world's largest tea producers - and beautiful tea plantations are a common sight in the countryside. Not too far away is another one of the country's most iconic sights: Mount Fuji. Standing 12,388 feet tall, it's also an active stratovolcano with the last eruption coming in 1708. This legendary mountain has also been a pilgrimage site for centuries and is considered one of the country's most sacred destinations. With nearly 40 million people in its urban area, Tokyo is the largest urban area not just in Japan but also the entire world. Formerly known as Edo, it became the country's capital in 1868 and has transformed into a global economic and financial hub. The city is filled with stunning landmarks, such as it's famed Shibuya Intersection. This "scramble" intersection is said to be the busiest in the world and every light sends hundreds of people in every direction. The next stop is one of Tokyo's famous landmarks - the Tokyo Tower. Completed in 1958, it stands 1,092 feet tall and is the country's second tallest structure. The observation deck offers extraordinary views of the city - and is a must visit for anyone traveling to Tokyo. Our final stop is Tokyo's famous Shinjuku skyline - located in the heart of downtown, it's filled with stunning modern high rises and is especially impressive at nighttime. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver - - - Big thanks to @Toby Ferrian, @CorinaMarie, @Simmer2, @nRVOUS, @mike_oxlong, @Krasner, @jakis, @The British Sausage, @matias93, @simmytu, @Odainsaker, @feyss, @Prophet42, @RobertLM78, @kingofsimcity, @9gruntsand1hammer, @tonyr, @Handyman, @redfox85, @Angry Mozart, @weixc812, @bobolee, @Marushine. @scotttbarry, @AndisArt, @Edvarz, @PaulSawyer, @Fantozzi, @SC4L0ver, @ESP15, @Huggy-Bear, @Josh6, @Kim Sunwoo, @TekindusT, @f3cs, @Dgmc2013, @Elenphor, @mrsmartman, @Akallan, @Fargo, @kschmidt, @JP Schriefer for the likes on the preview!
  12. So much has happened with Cities Skylines that I decided to start over on a new project. This will be a US/California themed city with lots of other influences. Focus will be on functionality and realism and a lot of the major detailing will be quick and sloppy with the exception of some parts. This will be a metropolis and will challenge the limits of the game, and to do so it involves some work in the asset editor and some other custom solutions to tackle the limits. This is the start of Emory Hills!
  13. Japan (Preview)

    Japan (Preview) For our next destination, we're traveling to another one of the world's most beautiful countries - Japan. We'll be taking a look at some of the country's most stunning landmarks, skylines, landscapes and more. I'm getting close to finishing it up, but in the meantime - here's a little preview of what's to come Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo Itsukushima Shrine, Hatsukaichi Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver - - - Previous Update: "New York City" Thanks to @Toby Ferrian, @RobertLM78, @The British Sausage, @CorinaMarie, @nRVOUS, @_Michael, @bobolee, @redfox85, @Tyberius06, @Manuel-ito, @matias93, @9gruntsand1hammer, @mike_oxlong, @Finnbhennach, @jakis, @PaulSawyer, @bladeberkman, @Handyman, @ESP15, @Fargo, @Krasner, @SC4L0ver, @Prophet42, @Urban Constanta, @tonyr, @RandyE, @mrsmartman, @feyss, @scotttbarry, @Oerk, @raynev1, @Jonas_Chaves, @Ling Ziming, @f3cs, @Elenphor, @Seppi93, @Angry Mozart, @juliok92012, @Pluispixel, @mattb325, @andisart, & @Akallan for all the likes!
  14. Wade City

    Hi all!! This is my first post from my Wade City Archipelago Region and I would like to start with the financial and cultural hub of the region, Wade City, with population of over 475,000 Sims. Here is a transit map of the north region of the Wade City Archipelago or "The Archipelago" for short. It is nearly 3 million people and growing. The development focus was geared to be heavily focused on public transit and limit highways in the islands to the perimeters in order encourage density due to limited space as well as promote a healthy, walkable life style. The public transit system includes subways, heavy rail, monorail, buses, and the very popular boat fairies and taxis which give sims and up close tour the The Archipelago region on their commutes. Here is were Wade City is locate in the Archipelago as well as fun logo used for advertising to promote tourism. Here is a night shot of the Wade City skyline! Here are the Island Districts of Wade City: Love Island (the entertainment district), University Island (the Education District), Legacy Island (the Financial District), Magic Island (the Arts District), Click-Clack Island, Blue Peak Island (The Industrial High-Tech District and named after Wade City's neighboring city to the south), and West Island (the Gateway District). There is also Airport Island International, and two park Islands: Mayor's Park, and Guggenheim Park. The "Mainland" will be released in Part II of Wade City. LOVE ISLAND This is Love Island: The Entertainment District. Home to Love Street Station (the main transit hub for Wade City), Love Street Film Studio, Love Street Beach, Dekker Beach Square, Olympic Park, Wade City Olympic Stadium, and the Insidious Entertainment Company. Here you can see a closer view of the headquarters of the Insidious Entertainment Company build. It's the tallest building on the Island and the brightest when lit up at night. Wade Olympic Stadium in real life is taken from the real life Bejing Olympic Stadium designed by the famous Swedish architects Herzog de Meuron. Olympic Park Love Street Beach Love Street Grand Central Station. This is the main public transit gateway to Wade City for Sims from all over The Archipelago and beyond. Dekker Beach Square University Island University Island: the Education Island. Home to University Park, Wade City University, and The Wade City Main Library and Cultural History Campus. University Park (Wade City University) This is the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe School of Architecture. In real life, this is a real architecture school at IIT in Chicago and is named after the father of the modern glass skyscraper and is one of the most important architects of the 20th century. The Wade City Main Library and Cultural History Campus The is the Wade City Central Library. This library is taken from the Central Library (UNAM) which is the central library for Ciudad Universitaria Campus in Mexico City. I was designed by the famous architect and artist, Juan O'Gorman, and is one of the architectural gems of Mexico City. Magic Island: the Arts District Magic Island is home to Wade City Arts District and is also most populated Island in the city. Wade City Arts District. The cultural of hub of the Archipelago Here are two of my favorite "starchitect" buildings: Centre Pompidou in Paris (top) designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, and the Denver Art Museum designed by Daniel Libeskind LEGACY ISLAND: THE FINANCIAL DISTRICT Legacy Island is home to the local baseball team, The Wade City Beach Bums, the Wade City Stock Exchange, and as several of the regions largest corporations like Island Hopper Travel Agency, Ocean View Financial, and Blue Chip Technologies. CLICK-CLACK ISLAND Click-Clack Island is the smallest inhabited in Wade City but it's very densely populated. Nestled between two of largest commercial districts in The Archipelago, Click-Clack Island gives it's middle class and blue collar workers great views and short commutes to work. \ WEST ISLAND: THE GATEWAY DISTRICT West Island has the highest traffic of fairies and water taxis of anywhere in the region. It's also has a great deal of "through traffic" from cars, buses trains, monorail from Sims entering the Archipelago from the West. This is why it's been given the nick name "The Gateway District." GUGGENHEIM PARK ISLAND This park island is home to The Guggenheim Museum of Wade City, The Archipelago Zoo, and Blue Sea Resort. MAYOR'S PARK ISLAND This island park was maid in memory of the mad scientist and beloved founder Dr. Strange Wadelove. The have constructed an enormous statue in his memory to welcome all travelers and transplants to The Archipelago. Thank you for reading and please comment and rate!! And stay tuned for more cities journals from the Wade City Archipelago...
  15. Is it permissible to create the same City Journal in both the City Journal forum section and the other site City Journal section (I'll refer to it as the "community.simtropolis.com/journals" CJ section)? Also, is there an easily viewable area which contains new updates and comments posted in the "community.simtropolis.com/journals" section? I haven't found one. This is my primary concern with posting a CJ in the "community.simtropolis.com/journals" section because it makes me doubt that both areas attract the same audience. However, I am interested in trying out the CJ format of the "community.simtropolis.com/journals" section.
  16. So, as i was taking uploading a shot of my rail yards, it occurred to me that i was trying to dump too much lore into a thread. I decided to start my first City Journal, because i'm terrible at LPs and want to flesh out my city. So, without further ado... SAINT JAMES! Saint James, a crown jewel of Infrastructure and Status, lies somewhere in New England. The constant target of railroad investment and the decision to form a new Transit Authority and Municipal Freight Railroad when Penn Central went to hell has kept a lot of railways and other transit in the city. The grand station, designed based on Europe by the New Haven, provides an elegant way to travel into the city, with a comprehensive Metro and Suburban train system weaving together the majority of suburbia, and a couple Funicular lines going to sleepy resorts. I hope you enjoy my journey of designing it.
  17. New York City

    After taking a look at historic New York City - we'll take a look at this incredible city in the modern day. The Statue of Liberty is one of New York City's most iconic landmarks - originally bronze when it was completed in 1886, it turned green over the years due to oxidation and has greeted millions of immigrants coming into the United States. The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the city's most famous landmarks - at the time of its opening in 1883, it was the world's longest suspension bridge and quickly became known across the globe. Lower Manhattan boasts some of the world's most incredible skyscrapers. In the early 1900s, Art Deco high rises like the incredible Woolworth Building dominated the skyline, and the entire area quickly became an important financial and business hub. Today, Lower Manhattan continues to grow upwards with buildings like the World Trade Center complex after the original twin towers fell on September 11th, 2001. Snowy days can be quite stunning in New York City - especially among the high rises of Midtown Manhattan. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is one of the city's most unique and beautiful buildings - designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, it's been a popular attraction since its opening in 1959. Since its opening in 1857, Central Park has been an oasis in the heart of the city and one of its most popular destinations. The United Nations Headquarters was completed in 1952 by architects Oscar Niemeyer and Le Corbusier. The complex has served as the official world headquarters of the UN ever since. Madison Square Garden is one of New York City's most famous venues - from professional basketball, hockey, boxing, concerts, and more - there's always something going on here. The Empire State Building was opened in 1931 - standing 1,250 feet tall, it has remained an icon of the city ever since and is particularly striking at night. A mosaic of Midtown Manhattan at night - one of the world's most awe-inspiring skylines. Thanks once again to everyone for your support throughout the course of 2017! Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver - - - Previous Update: "Historic New York City" Thanks @SimRico, @9gruntsand1hammer, @Urban Constanta, @matias93, @art128, @RobertLM78, @Tyberius06, @simmaster07, @Odainsaker, @kingofsimcity, @nRVOUS, @gviper, @bobolee,@Probidence, @redfox85, @CorinaMarie, @JP Schriefer, @Fargo, @Silur, @tonyr, @scotttbarry, @bladeberkman, @PaulSawyer, @gigius76, @jakis, @Manuel-ito, @ESP15, @Toby Ferrian, @Handyman, @Elenphor, @mike_oxlong, @aegian, @Finnbhennach, @The British Sausage, @Akallan, @Jonas_Chaves, @RandyE, @kim026, @raynev1, @Tonraq, @Ling Ziming, & @rathefalcon for all the likes!
  18. Historic New York City

    For my last two updates of the year, we're taking a look at one of the world's greatest cities - New York City, in the past and in the present. Today, we're going back in time once again - to take a look at historic New York City, primarily in Midtown Manhattan. Pretty much all the pictures will be set in 1935 - but I went even further back with a few. We'll begin with a look at one of the city's most iconic landmarks - the Statue of Liberty. Opening in 1886, it was originally a stunning bronze color like depicted - but as oxidation set in over the years, it transformed into its trademark green by the 1920s. The Plaza Hotel is another one of New York City's most iconic structures - since its completion in 1907, its been one of the city's most opulent and extravagant hotels. Horse drawn carriages were the primary way to get around when it was first completed and they were a common sight on the streets. The Chrysler Building was opened in 1930 and is one of the city's most beautiful Art Deco skyscrapers. For a brief period of time, it was the world's tallest building - only to be surpassed by the Empire State Building a few years later. The stunning Empire State Building was world's tallest building from 1931 to 1970 - and to this day it remains one of the world's most iconic skyscrapers. It's one of the city's Art Deco masterpieces. The Sherry-Netherland is another one of New York City's Art Deco gems. Opening in 1927, it rises 560 feet over Central Park and is one of the city's most beautiful hotels. Grand Central Terminal was opened in 1871 and has been one of the city's most crowded transportation hubs ever since. Bryant Park dates back to 1847 and has been one of the city's most popular spots ever since. The surrounding New York Public Library was added in 1895 and is currently the world's fourth largest library. The buildings of the Rockefeller Center were completed in the 1930s and are another fine example of the city's Art Deco style during this period. The stunning Waldorf-Astoria Hotel was completed in 1931 and was the world's tallest hotel for over 30 years. The nearby Chanin Building was opened in 1929 and was widely known for its beautiful brick and terra-cotta facade. The Helmsley Building is another one of the city's most recognizable buildings during this period - and is known for the road running directly through it. Times Square has long been one of the city's most crowded and popular destinations - and is surrounded by beautiful buildings like the One Times Square Building. The Brooklyn Bridge is another one of the city's most recognizable landmarks - first opening back in 1883, it finally gave the people of the city a way to cross the river without using the ferry. New York City used to have one of the country's most extensive el-rail lines - throughout the early 1900s they were widely used, but soon fell into disuse and were eventually torn down. A couple of snowy and rainy days in New York City. Some more assorted views of Manhattan. A few more nighttime views from across the city. One of the many beautiful parks that dot the city - Madison Square Park. Located in the heart of Manhattan, Central Park dates back to 1857 and has been an urban oasis ever since. An overview of stunning Central Park. Finally, a few overviews of Midtown Manhattan in all its glory. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver - - - Previous Update: "Mosaics & Bonus Pictures" Thanks to @RobertLM78, @CorinaMarie, @Tyberius06, @Handyman, @SimRico, @Haljackey, @kingofsimcity, @RandyE, @redfox85, @tariely, @Manuel-ito, @scotttbarry, @Silur, @jakis, @Krasner, @art128, @PaulSawyer, @The British Sausage, @Dgmc2013, @Toby Ferrian, @Tonraq, @Ling Ziming, @mike_oxlong, @raynev1, @mrsmartman, @_Michael, @bobolee, @bladeberkman, @Odainsaker, @Oerk, @Simmer2, @Maloskero, @SC4L0ver, @Akallan, @9gruntsand1hammer, @Jonas_Chaves, @Don_Pato, @GoKingsGo, & @rathefalcon for all the likes!
  19. Welcome to Cirrus Bay. This city (currently 50k pop) was built as part of the recent Twitch Greenest Cities Challenge. All photos here: https://www.method.games/blog/cities-skylines-twitch-greenest-city-challenge
  20. Mosaics & Bonus Pictures

    Mosaics & Bonus Pictures A collection of some of my favorite buildings and cities from across the globe that didn't make it into other updates this year - enjoy! The Grand Canal Venice, Italy Commerzbank Tower Frankfurt, Germany Shanghai World Financial Center Shanghai, China Tokyo Skytree Tokyo, Japan Transamerica Pyramid San Francisco, California, USA Downtown Chicago And finally, a couple more mosaics and panoramas from Sydney. Every New Year's Eve, Sydney is home to one of the world's most amazing fireworks displays. Its truly a sight to behold. Note: As with a number of my other updates, lots of custom models had to be imported into the game from various sites like 3d warehouse. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "Canada" Thanks to @redfox85, @Toby Ferrian, @matias93, @Manuel-ito, @Dgmc2013, @Fantozzi, @SC4L0ver, @bladeberkman, @art128, @PaulSawyer, @bobolee, @Tonraq, @Ducio, @scotttbarry, @CorinaMarie, @RobertLM78, @Handyman, @raynev1, @Haljackey, @mike_oxlong, @RandyE, @jakis, @Ling Ziming, @mrsmartman, @MAW, @_Michael, @kingofsimcity, @Simmer2, @Silur, @MandelSoft, @Tyberius06, @Finnbhennach, @juliok92012, @JP Schriefer, & @Oerk for all the likes!
  21. Canada

    After taking a look at Toronto, today we'll be touring the rest of Canada, another one of the world's most beautiful countries. Our tour starts off on the Eastern shores, in the Newfoundland province. The small town of Red Island Harbour is quite picturesque - and the locals here make their living off some of the richest fishing grounds in the world, the Grand Banks. Wintertime can be quite beautiful - if you're lucky, you might get to see a unique wonder that rarely occurs across the globe: pancake ice. We travel south to Nova Scotia - where lighthouses dot the coastlines. One of the most famous ones is Peggy's Point Lighthouse - built in 1868, it's one of the areas most famous landmarks and one of Canada's most photographed lighthouses. Our next stop is Quebec City. Located on the banks of the Saint Lawrence River, Quebec's capital is one of the most historic cities in all of Canada, and in fact is the only North American fortified city north of Mexico whose walls still exist. It's most famous landmark however is the stunning Château Frontenac - built in 1893, this grand hotel is one of Canada's most spectacular buildings. Not too far away is Montréal, the most populous city in Canada's Quebec province and the second largest city in the country. After Paris, it's the largest primarily French-speaking city in the world. Since it's founding as a small colony on Montréal Island back in 1642, it's transformed into an international metropolis ever since. Our next destination is the capital of Canada - Ottawa. The centerpiece of the city is Parliament Hill, an impressive collection of buildings which house the Parliament of Canada. Our next stop will be on Canada's southern border with the United States - where we'll get to see one of Canada's most amazing natural wonders, Horseshoe Falls. At night, these famous falls are illuminated in a rainbow of colors, turning the whole area into a spectacular light show. We travel into Manitoba where we'll take a look at it's largest city and capital - Winnipeg. Known as the "Gateway to the West", the city is a railway and transportation hub and has a vibrant downtown area. Canada's great prairies are superb for farming - and have made Saskatchewan known as the breadbasket of Canada. Small rural farms like this one can be seen virtually everywhere. We head into Alberta, stopping in the "Gateway to the North" - Edmonton. This city of nearly 1 million is home to one of North America's northernmost skylines, filled with highrises like the 441 ft tall ATB Place (formerly known as the Telus Plaza). Our next stop will be in Northern Alberta - in the city of Fort McMurray. Due to its location near valuable oil sands, massive industrial complexes have sprung up and smokestacks can be seen for miles around. We head north, venturing into the Arctic - visiting the capital of the Northwest Territories, Yellowknife. Located on the northern shore of Great Slave Lake, it's the only city for hundreds of miles around - and wintertime can be especially brutal here. The YK Centre sign has been an icon in the city for decades, tracking the frigid temperatures. With temps reaching as low as -51 C - make sure you dress warmly! As we travel further north into Nunavut, the temperatures drop even further - the local Inuit hunters who live here make igloos their home, and have done so for thousands of years. They do a great job of shielding them from the elements - and from the occasional nosy polar bear, too... Iqaluit is Nunavut's capital - its a city filled with simple yet beautiful architecture. Colorful houses and unique structures like the igloo-shaped St. Jude's Cathedral make this city of 7,700 people stand out. Iqaluit's name literally means "many fishes" - and has long been a prominent fishing location, but stocks have been declining in recent years. We travel back south, and along the shores of Great Bear Lake is where we'll see one of Canada's most awe-inspiring sights - the Northern Lights. Also known as Aurora borealis, these colorful lights in the sky are the result of electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth's atmosphere. Our last stop in the Arctic is the Mackenzie River delta - where we'll get to see one of Canada's most unique natural wonders, the Pingo. These mounds of soil are filled with a core of expanding ice and usually a small pool of water at the top - and when the ice melts, the pingo collapses. Their name originates from Inuvialuktun word for "small hill" - and can reach huge diameters, sometimes as many 2,000 feet wide. Our next stop is Calgary - the largest city in Alberta and home of the Calgary Stampede. The city's skyline has seen expansive growth in recent years - giving it one of the most impressive skylines in all of Canada. The towers of Eigth Avenue Place (completed in 2011 and 2014) rise above the city - they're some of Canada's most spectacular skyscrapers. For those wanting to get away from it all, there's no better place than the Canadian Rockies. Stunning lakes like Moraine Lake are nestled between pristine forests and towering peaks - and their turquoise color (caused by glacial flour) is truly mesmerizing. We make our way to Canada's western coast, stopping to take a look at some of the totem poles that dot the shorelines. The ones here at Stanley Park in Vancouver are one of the country's most visited tourist attractions, and are one of the most recognizable cultural symbols of Western Canada. Our last stop in Western Canada will be Vancouver's downtown - it's one of Canada's best, filled with sleek and modern buildings like the Bentall Centre. Despite a little rain, it's truly one of Canada's most beautiful cities. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "New Zealand" Thanks to @Handyman, @Dgmc2013, @PaulSawyer, @Edvarz, @redfox85, @CorinaMarie, @JP Schriefer, @_Michael, @Jonas_Chaves, @BruceTedder, @Urban Constanta, @RobertLM78, @bobolee, @bladeberkman, @Odainsaker, @art128, @The British Sausage, @scotttbarry, @RandyE, @Manuel-ito, @Toby Ferrian, @jakis, @Bastet69008, @mrsmartman, @Elenphor, @raynev1, @nRVOUS, @Ling Ziming, @Tonraq, @Finnbhennach, @Tyberius06, & @Oerk for all the likes!
  22. Toronto

    Toronto is the capital of Ontario - and with nearly 6 million people living in its metropolitan area, its the largest city in Canada as well. The city is a global center of banking, communications, and business - and its location makes it a vital transportation hub in the region. The city boats one of the best skylines in all of North America - with its downtown filled with an array of stunning buildings. Our first stop is Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. Located on a small island in Lake Ontario, this waterfront airport was first opened back in 1939 as the city's first commercial airport and and has remained one of Canada's busiest airports ever since. Located on the shores of Lake Ontario, the Port of Toronto has been connecting Toronto to the rest of the globe for nearly a century. Its convenient location - close by to railways, highways, and other shipping routes - has made it one of Canada's most important inland ports. The downtown is filled with towering skyscrapers - such as the 951 foot tall First Canadian Place on the left. One of the rare big snowfalls in the city. A few of the city's recently completed skyscrapers: the 715 foot tall Bay Adelaide Centre West and 688 foot tall Ritz-Carlton Toronto. Our last destination will be the city's most iconic landmark... No trip to Toronto is complete without a trip to the famed CN Tower. First opening back in 1976, this 1,815 foot tall tower was the world's tallest freestanding tower upon completion. Be sure to visit the 360 degree rotating restaurant and the viewdeck at the top - on a clear day you can barely make out the skyline of Niagara Falls some 40 miles away. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "Los Angeles" Thanks to @CorinaMarie, @Toby Ferrian, @mike_oxlong, @SC4L0ver, @Dgmc2013, @redfox85, @_Michael, @Namiko, @bobolee, @Bastet69008, @tariely, @nos.17, @Silur, @BruceTedder, @MAW, @Lieux, @JP Schriefer, @MushyMushy, @Odainsaker, @nRVOUS, @scotttbarry, @The British Sausage, @Tonraq, @mrsmartman, @Ling Ziming, @raynev1, @Don_Pato, @Bluthlucidity, @PaulSawyer, @PHBSD, @Jonas_Chaves, & @matias93 for all the likes!
  23. Elizabeth Falls "When is the level going to settle?" - Every conversation in town gets there at some point as it's what everyone wants to know. The contractors are waiting on the architects, the architects are waiting on the town planners, the town planners are waiting on the mayor and the mayor is waiting on his advisers. But no-one knows when the water level is going to settle. The assumption is that much of the flood water will clear, the place was named based on that assumption - Elizabeth Falls - but unless this water goes somewhere, there won't be anything worthy of the name. So here we are, 500 people living alongside an unpredictable torrent of water - waiting for it to settle. We have a number of things in abundance: water (obviously), ore, timber and hope. We also have sizeable financial backing from the Zero7 Foundation, which has allowed us to put in services for a city much larger than our present little town. So we wait a lot, and build a little. And hope, always ... Welcome to my first Cities Skylines journal. I'm going to try to keep it in the style of the old traditional SC4 storyline journals, with the direction set mainly by the organic growth dictated by game dynamics. I'm new to Cities Skylines (but and old SC4 campaigner) and will be learning about what's achievable in the game as I go along. So far we have power, water, a little industry and a growing population. Google has mapped us, so that makes things feel more real. The highway into town needs some attention with Move-It once I open up those tiles. Rail branch to the ore district is a possibility. The 'road to nowhere' currently heading into the water will become a riverside road once I get the water position finalised. The mayors advisers are out in the chopper every day surveying the waters, seeing if we've got a final position, but it's still draining away - good in some ways as we'll end up with more land to work with. One thing that makes predicting the river bank's final position so hard is that it keeps raining, so just when we think things have settled, the parameters change. It rains a lot ... But, on the rare occasions that it does stop raining, we've got quite a nice little town - let's hope we can keep it that way as we grow.
  24. Los Angeles

    Today we're going to be taking a look at the United States' second largest city - Los Angeles - the "City of Angels". Its a city filled with iconic skyscrapers and landmarks - such as the beautiful Bullocks Wilshire building. Completed in 1929, it's one of the city's finest examples of Art Deco style, and was one of its most prominent department stores. In 1978, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Hollywood Hills is one of LA's most beautiful areas - its winding, hilly streets are surrounded by stunning mansions, home to many of the city's wealthiest people. Running through the heart of the city, the Los Angeles River was filled with concrete in the 1930s and is one of the city's most unique sights. The LA area is home to some of the country's most beautiful beaches. Venice Beach is one of the city's most popular destinations, and can get quite crowded during the summer months. The Staples Center is one of Los Angeles' premier entertainment venues. Completed in 1999, its home to a number of professional sports franchises, such as the NBA's Lakers and Clippers, the WNBA's Sparks, and the NHL's Kings. The famous Griffith Observatory was completed in 1935 - this building offers incredible views of downtown LA and the nearby Hollywood Sign, and is also home to an wide array of science and space displays for locals and tourists alike to enjoy. The Hollywood Sign is one of the world's most famous signs, and can be seen for miles around. It's been one of LA's most iconic attractions and popular tourist destinations since its completion in 1923 (when it originally spelt out "Hollywoodland"). The Capitol Records Building was completed in 1956 and is another one of the city's most icons. Resembling a stack of records, this building has remained one of the country's most famous recording studios ever since. Our last stop is LA's Financial District - its filled with stunning skyscrapers like the U.S. Bank Tower and Gas Company Tower. From 1989 to 2017, the stunning 1,018 foot tall U.S. Bank Tower (formerly known as the Library Tower) was the tallest skyscraper in Los Angeles (since surpassed by the 1,100 foot tall Wilshire Grand Center). LA at night is truly extraordinary. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "Hong Kong" Thanks to @_Michael, @MushyMushy, @RandyE, @jakis, @Toby Ferrian, @SC4L0ver, @CorinaMarie, @Manuel-ito, @Dgmc2013, @redfox85, @matias93, @art128, @scotttbarry, @kingofsimcity, @bobolee, @nRVOUS, @TekindusT, @Tonraq, @Edvarz, @BruceTedder, @PaulSawyer, @raynev1, @tonyr, @mrsmartman, @mattb325, @Akallan, @Jonas_Chaves, @Bastet69008, @Marushine, @mike_oxlong, @nos.17, @MisterBlueStar4, @RobertLM78, @Elenphor, @MAW, @Lieux, & @JP Schriefer for all the likes!
  25. Hi guys, After a long break from playing Cities Skylines, I recently started a new series on my channel. It's a not-so-realistic city set somewhere in South East Asia (probably). I'm almost embarrassed to post it because I know how insanely beautiful some of the cities on here are! That said, any feedback would be appreciated Also I'm on the lookout for any LUTs/tweaks/assets that can give the city a more "tropical" feel, if anyone has any suggestions please let me know! First episode: Latest episode: Some image of the city, first the full city view by night: Path leading up to the central park, with the city hall in the background (the scary communist looking building): Bridge from the business district to the city center: Central train station: Sapphire park - the highway runs under the water to the central island: Train line running through the business district: Cemetery and temple on the central island: Sunset over Emerald Park:

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