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  1. 3 points
    pupper_donut

    Twin Lakes - A Dynamic C:S CJ

    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.
  2. 2 points
    SpookyZalost

    Twin Lakes - A Dynamic C:S CJ

    looks nice, well detailed, everything I've come to expect from a simmania city journal
  3. 2 points
    pupper_donut

    god_donut's CS

    Some heavy traffic. The large junction and the smaller one at the far right of the picture both have manually timed traffic lights, but this doesn't do much to alleviate extensive traffic jams through here. I've considered upgrades to this road but the area is too densely built up to make any upgrades feasible.
  4. 1 point
    SpookyZalost

    what old pc's do you own?

    you can always frankenstein that beast lol
  5. 1 point
    mayorm

    New Members Introductions

    If you are new to the site, we encourage you to make an official introduction here. Just say hello, and if you want to you can tell us other sites you belong to, and some things about yourself.
  6. 1 point
    tang29

    New member :D

    Thanks for the welcome
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    Wacky32

    New Members Introductions

    Good to have ya here josh!
  8. 1 point
    mayorm

    New Members Introductions

    Hi Josh_riddle obviously I'm mayorm, I am the founder and current admin of Simmania, and it is great to se ya here I will look into that little probvlem you are having. Thanks for reporting it. Simarillion- I'm glad that even though we don't have downloads or custom content available here, you still enjoy being here. (tears of joy) Edit: I checked it out, when entering the year type in 1996 then it works. if you type in 96 then it says "Sorry, this site doesn't except people older than 99 years of age." Which is wierd because I never set the birthday to say that.
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    Skimbo

    New Members Introductions

    Hey josh, nice to read you here
  10. 1 point
    Simarillion

    New Members Introductions

    Hi Josh, welcome to the site. Just joined myself some 10 days ago and it's well worth it being here.
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    Guitarmansuperstar

    New Members Introductions

    As have I... except i'm simsamerica over there, i'm Will and i'll be your forum games moderator Welcome Josh! -Will
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    K50

    New Members Introductions

    Welcome Joshriddle, I think I have seen you on Simtropolis once or twice before....
  13. 1 point
    Skimbo

    New Members Introductions

    Nice to see ya here, imarillion
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    mayorm

    New Members Introductions

    Welcome to the site Simarillion. I am the creator and admin of this site.