Breaking the Gridlock
It is time to return to the queen city of Tarephia. I hope you wiped your feet.
Today's bliki entry is rather sizeable, as there have been quite a few changes to Saviso. I'd like to think they're beneficial changes, and as always, I'd love to hear your thoughts on my work. In the last week or two I've been working on breaking up some of Saviso's long, straight roads and boring old grids in favour of something more historically accurate, say, circa 1650-1850. While Saviso takes a lot of inspiration from Melbourne, the miles-long straight roads looked boring and paid no attention to the history of the city. They had to go, and in came London and its curvy streets. Real cartographers like curves. In the process of tearing up the old roads and redesigning suburbs, the central suburbs have taken on a decidedly new look.
Limes to Fearon
Forgive me if I'm a little proud of my work here, but the suburbs of Limes, Kilden, Oldfield, Medbury, and Fearon have just turned out so well. Let us have a look at each in turn.
Limes was originally a nondescript grid stretching from Half Moon Bridge to Medbury and the Rhodestown Bridge, and it just didn't look right. The new Limes wasn't planned out in advance, I just began with the roundabout on Wreckyn Terrace and went from there. It's fair to say that I was pleasantly surprised with how it turned out. It still has grids, but they're broken up into smaller ones at different angles, which is much more pleasant to look at. The Saviso Zoo, to the north in Kilden Ground, was originally a much larger plot of land on Lilyfield Road near Asquith Bay, but I'd mapped it larger than I'd intended and I didn't know what to do with it. Kilden Ground was just a boring bit of green space in need of improvement, so why not move the zoo there? It certainly livens the city centre up, and farmers outside the city certainly appreciate the cheap fertiliser.
To the east lie Kilden and Oldfield, built in the 18th century when the city began expanding southward along the road to Silverwater and Airdrie. In the 18th century Oldfield was a grazing field for cattle, but these days it's known for the Dukes Plaza shopping centre on Dukes Avenue. I've kept the old grid for the most part, but moved around some streets to give a little variation to the area.
Medbury was one of those suburbs I could never quite figure out what to do with. The suburb sits at the junction of six major roads (leading to, clockwise from the north, Kilden and the CBD, Fearon and Sthilldina, Airdrie, Silverwater, Rhodestown, and Limes) so it was always going to be an important one, but what would it look like? To be fair I still don't fully know, but what has been mapped so far was more an overspill of my Limes and Kilden mapping sessions rather than actively mapping Medbury. Medbury Circus, perhaps the most famous junction in the city, was rather basic in its old form, but now has nice flares and an underpass, built in the late 1950s to help move traffic from Airdrie and the southeast to the city a lot easier. To say Medbury was proud of the underpass when it opened is an understatement, but by the 1990s it had become an ugly eyesore, and so was covered with a concrete roof and a layer of grass, which seemed to placate the locals.
Finally, along Sthilldina Road we find Fearon, most well-known for its biscuit factory. Another Melbourne/Adelaide-esque grid suburb, Fearon moved from countryside to town to borough to suburb in rather quick succession in the 19th century. There had only been a couple of side streets here before, but its grid is slowly filling out. Sim Street is aligned to the railway line since the suburb grew fastest after the trains arrived in the 1850s.
Rambaud, Durey, Hurford, and Cadell
These four suburbs have been the starting point for a rather major re-do of the northern central suburbs. When I had laid Saviso out initially, the area was traversed by several completely straight roads. This was fine to give me a guide to where things might go, but as time went on they became an eyesore. After looking at London a few days ago, I finally realised what to do with the area - ditch all the straight roads and put in old 17th century tracks that eventually evolved into modern main roads. Durey Road now follows the Springbank Creek for a good portion of its length, and instead of long, straight roads, more pleasant ones have appeared in their place - the most significant ones being Endell, Hurford, Cadell, Rambaud, and a shortened Virginia. Most of these roads meet in the new suburb of Rambaud, which was an exercise in an old 17th-century village that now finds itself wedged into the Savisan metropolis. The suburb is based on a number of places around London that were once little villages, and the mental image of trams rumbling down the Rambaud High Street (which sounds so very posh) past 18th- and 19th-century houses and shops was just too good to pass up.
There's not much to speak of with Hurford, Cadell, or Lipton to the north for that matter, but development will soon catch up. Hurford will be mapped in a similar fashion to Rambaud, as an old 1640s village, while Cadell will be the result of 19th century expansion and thus have a more Melburnian look to it (as if Saviso didn't have enough of Melbourne in it).
Baradene and St Kitts
Baradene is looking a little... barren at the moment. That will change with the entire redesign of the northern central suburbs, and City Road will be given a few bends to give it aesthetics. Baradene was formerly known as Brighton, but it was time to go for a name that was a little more unique. In reality Baradene isn't named for Bărădin but for a school in Auckland that a former friend of mine once attended; I suppose in-world it could be named after the city but using an old 17th or 18th century name.
Also taking on a new identity is St Kitts, most commonly known as the home of the centre of the Vodean sporting world, the Saviso Cricket Ground, and formerly known as Tweed. The old name seemed a little silly to me, and St Kitts seemed like a perfect choice - in the 17th century Kitt was a common nickname for someone called Christopher, and much to my surprise, Saviso didn't yet have any saint suburbs; it also shares its name with a Caribbean island, which I couldn't resist since Vodeo has a little bit of Caribbean in it. I'm still not sure whether to change St Kitts yet, so it's safe for now.
Caleigh and the University of Saviso
The University of Saviso was something of a late addition to the old paper maps of Saviso, only appearing in 2011 when I was preparing for university, and even then part of the city had to be erased to make room for it, and back then it sat on the southern bank of the Saviso River near where Limes now sits. On OGF, once the rough basis of Saviso had been laid out, the University of Saviso was marked out in Caleigh, north of and across the river from the CBD. The university was criss-crossed with a basic grid of perfectly straight streets, and as time went on it bothered me more and more with how boring and planned it looked. A couple of days ago, I had the idea of scrapping the whole of Caleigh and starting again, but this time basing the layout on history: Padina was once Saviso's port, and as Saviso grew, it naturally expanded across the river toward the port first. With the redesign, Caleigh is now less 1840 and more 1640.
Caleigh and the University now barely resemble their former selves. Carrington Road is now Padina Road, reflecting its history as the main Saviso-Padina (and further afield, Enfield) road. Ontario Road, one of those multiple straight roads I'm progressively tearing up, was torn up and replaced with the nicer-looking Pavilion and Milford Streets. Part of Lisgar Quay became the Strand, and the old grid was skewed quite a bit and built around the new Waring Square. As for the University, it's now moved a little to the north-west and has shrunk in size, and finally it has buildings. I'd been a bit hesitant to map the campus in detail because of the vast number of buildings, but it turned out to be quite a nice afternoon project. Soon I hope to extend Padina Road and SA 14, and then get to work on the Royal Saviso, Saviso Childrens', and University hospitals, because hospitals are good for you.
Asquith Bay takes a little inspiration from St Kilda and surrounds in Melbourne. It's got grids, but Asquith Bay was developed a little later than other harbourside suburbs like Padina, and as a result was built with a grid in mind. Asquith Bay was originally somewhat barren, but with an afternoon of hard graft it began to emerge as one of the city's more well-to-do suburbs, with beautiful parks and a snobby dining precinct that rivals Southbank's. Asquith Bay is the main ferry terminal for the southern shore, and was rewarded with the honour of Vodeo's first tram line in 1858. If you do decide to take a trip to Asquith Bay, I recommend the Jervois Milk Bar, they make great mile-high milkshakes.
Enfield has had a facelift. The 19th century grid with its perfectly-formed streets is gone, replaced by an unplanned layout more fitting with its founding in 1624. Once the main port of St Austell, it was eventually overtaken by Saviso and has since settled into its role as one of the city's more noteworthy suburbs. In the early days a road was built between Enfield and Saviso, and today the Enfield Road is one of the city's more important arterials... or it will be as soon as I map the thing, but that will be another afternoon project. As an aside, Leander and Philomel Streets are named for two Royal Navy vessels who served New Zealand during World War II. They'd probably be more fitting in naval Padina, but Enfield got them first, so tough tooties.
Swanport Corner, to the south, was moved to the shoreline between Enfield and Anchorage and renamed Swanport, with the old suburb becoming Upper Zynfic because people were so very original back in the day.
Silverwater, Ellerton, and Arington
These three are a little further out from the city than the others, but Silverwater was the first suburb I added to Saviso outside of the CBD, so it has some importance to me. I'd often looked at Silverwater and wondered how to lay it out. I ended up going with a grid with alleyways for the lack of any other ideas, but Emily Street was deliberately made crooked because it gives the suburb some character. Silverwater was established in the 1660s on the shores of Lake Wririas, and named for the lake's apparently silver colour (where the settlers got that idea from is anyone's guess), and sits on one of the city's major roads south. Continental Drive was built to bypass Silverwater in the 1970s as development in the south sped up. Formerly derided for being slummy and run-down, it's cleaned up a fair bit in the last decade or so.
Around the same time I mapped Silverton, I decided to add Ellerton and Arington to the mix. Both are fairly modern suburbs, dating from the 1950s-70s, and are basically your run of the mill suburbs. They're not really significant, but they give an idea of how far south the city extends. Bannarine is still waiting to be mapped, mainly because the surveyors lost their equipment. One of these days, folks.
Trains and Trams
This one certainly wasn't planned. Originally I'd mapped Saviso's tram routes using the "railway=tram" tag on some roads, which used to work fine, but recently started acting weird, where the tram lines would be visible at some zoom levels but not others, and looked broken and disjointed. I began removing these tags and laying down actual tram lines along the routes. As the aforementioned suburbs began taking their shapes, the tram lines began moving out to meet them, with Limes and Rambaud in particular having new lines that didn't exist before. As the tram lines expand out I'll redo the Trams in Saviso page, which is for the most part obsolete but gives me an idea of where to put the lines.
Around the same time I finally got around to (partly) completing a project I've been meaning to tackle for some time: linking up the railway lines. Saviso is served by a number of rail lines, but I'd never got around to joining them up. There are still several left to link up, but the Silverwater, Airdrie, and Cobalt Island lines are all now for the most part complete, with the addition of several new stations to boot. The Asquith Bay line, while still not quite done, isn't too far off. The northern lines (North Harbour, Enfield, and Navy) have been extended from the CBD to Brigham, but how I'll link them up to Wellesley, Eaton, and Eastlea stations is still to come. I'll also have to move the line a little closer to Enfield, which had moved a bit when I redesigned it. As a major metropolis, Saviso needs a world-class rail system, and it's going to get one. Eventually. For now, there's still the trams.
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