February has been an intense month, indeed.
Sprinting is hard and tiring
Last month I've been participating with Nichiuri in the February City Sprint, and it's been a successful experience for me. Maybe I didn't do as much of an extensive detail as I would have wanted, but I'm happy with the quality and the amount of work I've put on it. Now I'm gonna talk about some parts of it and what ideas I had in mind while doing certain neighborhoods.
Education by the sea
Nichiuri has traditionally been a city that's been looking more towards the Yolis river than to its seaside, given its river port nature. Terrain in the western shore of the Yolis River is very sandy, and it doesn't allow for much development. It wasn't until the mid 20th century and its demographic boom that the city started to look towards the sea for expansion. And that was the place chose for the University of Nichiuri to place its brand new campus, with lots of buildings dedicated to its different specialities that developed until that moment. From science to arts, through philosophy, education, economy, and more. That wasn't a trivial location, as the Umi Avenue was traditionally the way to the large beaches from the city center first, the Ensanche expansion next.
Right on the left shore of the Yolis River, a little bit further south than the Colonial Palace, lies a big, old tree. A really old tree. The tree is said to have been refuge for the first explorers that reached the place on the scorching heat of the Adarian summer, as far back as the 16th century, when the first settlers arrived. Historical evidence struggles to confirm if it was that tree the one that was used for hiding from the sun while deciding to settle and found what later would become the City of Nichiuri, but there's continued mention of the place as far back as the late 18th century, confirming that the famous "Fundation tree" has existed for several centuries already. Around it, has risen a well standing neighborhood, close to the city center, that tries to emulate an early settlement around that very tree. Probably, the most famous tree of all of Adaria.
The city that swallows other cities
In the southeast, the city chose to expand along the 4th of May Avenue, continuing the Ensanche grid into that direction, past the Minami Avenue. In the way stood a small town, built just away from the Nichiuri cannon fields on the southern side of the Yolis, that was originally created as a scape town for those who grew tired of the busy life of the capital city. Ironically for them, a few centuries later, that busy city came to bit them back. This is Rasafu, which suffered important changes from the incorporation from Nichiuri and the gridded pattern of its Ensanche. Now it lives almost swallowed it, while still a reminder of what the place used to be in the past.
Plans for the future
Now that the City Sprint is over, I'm going to step away from Nichiuri for a while. I might develop other cities, but one of the things I want to focus in is the development of a rural area along the Rojo river, in Catelia, for the agricultural basis of what will be an ambitious Adarian coffee industry, and the existence of Chacafé, a cafeteria chain which will produce pastries and coffee, with Adarian coffee, sugar, chocolate, and such.
Comments are always welcome
I was just writing about some of my favorite City Sprint developments over in the User Diaries, and specifically called out the "Fundation tree" neighborhood. It's really beautifully mapped, and I love this back-story you've created for it. -- Louis Walker (talk) 13:42, 3 February 2019 (EST)