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  2. I've decided to start a player diary for my most recent endeavor, a region I'm calling Twin Lakes that is based on a heightmap of the Tampere, Finland area. This isn't a recreation of the Tampere area, but is instead a typical American city. I'm pretending districts are cities in their own right, but much like North American suburban sprawl you can hardly tell what suburb you're in because they're pretty much the same. 1.1 As of this original post, the region has a population of 111,117 spread across 9 individual municipalities (districts). The major city and most populous of these is Tampere (what else?) with a population of 67,543. Major suburbs include Aspen Park (15,935), Eagle Mountain (11,896), and Hemlock (8,188). Other suburbs include Peden (2,454), Bedford (2,315), and Preston Hollow (761) . Also located in the region are the small towns of Peaster (1,097) and Bayberry (855), which will be shown later. The metro area is served by two major highways - National Highways 45 and 320. 45 slices straight through Tampere with little access to local roads and businesses, and sees only light congestion at worst. 320, however, is one of the most congested roadways in the region. On the map below, NH 45 is shown in blue, NH 320 is shown in red. 1.2 An unexpected snowstorm moved in across the region overnight - leaving the entire city blanketed in snow and bringing temperatures into the single digits. Not exactly ideal for touring some of the prominent areas of Tampere, but alas... The city center has given way to high-rise condos and office buildings in recent years. The courthouse, cathedral, and some old Main Street businesses can be found here, along with the oldest residential development in the entire region. The city center also features the local college and a small shopping center. Located near the NH 45 and NH 320 junction is a large office park containing most of the city's high-rise office developments, as well as the region's largest shopping center. While traffic is always a headache on the 320 at 8 am, you'd think it would be worse given the snow and ice accumulation. Good thing the area schools and some of the area businesses are closed for the day. The coast is clear at this intersection along the 320 in Hemlock as what little slow plows the city had on call dig their way through the north side of the city. Gridlock, however, continues to plague the four-lane arterial as it runs adjacent to a severely over-crowded rail stop. Speaking of which, the trains still continue to to come and go through the railyard located in the oil districts between Hemlock and Tampere. To the north of the railyard and NH 45 is the region's largest Walmart and a random large condo development. Such developments are becoming increasingly common across the region. That concludes our tour, for now. Hopefully the weather will improve soon so we can take a look at Eagle Mountain, Peden, and the rural communities of Peaster and Bayberry. For now, we'll conclude with this stunning aerial photo.
  3. Last week
  4. you guys prolly know me by now.. But over the weekends , i tend to watch a lot of sports on the TV.. So pretty much a variety of sporting events, depending what is on that date.. Right now the big thing going is play off hockey.. But I always also enjoy watching PGA Golf..
  5. Josh , thanks for the pic and traffic report,, Yes in some ways CS: is similar to the planning you need to do in SC4, in terms of knowing what areas of the city to space out development for future transit upgrades..
  6. Earlier
  7. Same as the past two months. Sorry about the badges for April, I'll do them for May or work out an alternative Competition starts midnight EST Wednesday and ends midnight EST Wednesday next week . Good luck!
  8. I'll use this for misc. C:S pictures of mine. I'm about to start work on a large highway upgrade project. It will double or even triple the road capacity in some locations, fix weaving problems, and improve traffic patterns in general, as well as rebuild problematic interchanges. It will also include a large sunken section near downtown, similar to the Big Dig. Pictures of the upgrade will be coming as I build it. Here's some photos of particularly problematic areas:
  9. New thread since the old one got cluttered with videos and was laggy. DO NOT embed videos, links only. Rhinoceros - The Smashing Pumpkins:
  10. Hi, I'm Roxter, but I usually go by Aiden. I am a 19 year old programmer who doesn't really play much SimCity anymore but sticks around anyway. My interests include anime/manga, gaming, reading, and programming. I own a gaming website as well which is currently moving servers. Anyways, I am back to posting because I see SM lacks forum activity. Thanks for reading and God bless.
  11. Hi all I discovered this website by chance. I'm a SC4 player for a long time and sometimes CXL... I'll show you my city soon ! You can call me tang or Tanguy
  12. Hey all... My name is Sam. I've been playing SC4 for a long time now, and I'm Samerton on SC4D, ST, TSC, SimCity China (yes.. I use Google Translate for that site ), EA Sims 3 account, SimSports.. well.. you name it! Simmania's such a nice community to be a part of. Sam =)
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