Do These Suburbs Make My City Look Big?
2018 starts much as 2017 did, with despair, stupidity, and the Doomsday Clock ticking forward. At least in Vodeo the sun is shining, the rum is good, and Saviso is still getting drunk on subdivisions.
Nappy Valley meets Silicon Valley
We shall start in the southern suburbs around Lake Wririas. The area had been pretty nondescript and very boring until I added some mountains toward the end of last year. With the landscape defined, suburbs like Parontacaihu and Arington began to take shape. But this wasn't enough, and over the course of a few days, rivers flowed from the mountains, Lake Wririas grew and swallowed up what was Lake Arington, and roads appeared from the earth. Sounds Biblical, doesn't it?
Silverton had been separated from the rest of the city by countryside up until the early 1950s, but it wasn't until the 1970s that further development began out toward places like Bannarine, Soidor, and Lantana. One particularly enterprising soul took advantage of the encroaching development by buying up a square kilometre of prime land and building a theme park on it. Richmond and Scoar became industrial areas, Henderson Park was built as one of the city's countless "nappy valleys", and in Wririas they decided to name all the streets after Ulethan capitals (except Cumber Road - there's always one).
A little to the west we find the suburbs of Rosefield, Ediorai, and Panlir. After spending hundreds of years as fields, the arrival of the Wririas Motorway in the late 1970s brought with it a veritable plague of builders. Industrial and office parks were the order of the day, and by the end of the '80s it was one of the city's most important areas of its kind. One notable company took up residence in 1987 - Colour, a hardware and software company that, through means fair and foul, became one of the country's largest corporations by the end of the millennium, and to this day remains one of the biggest players in the tech industry. But don't sail past on the motorway without first stopping at the National Computer Museum in GAPAC Avenue, built by Colour and computer manufacturer Main, located on the street named after Main's most famous computers.
Hello again, Aslington
Most of you by now know of Saviso, the World's Greatest City™. You might not know of Southbank, where the parties
and strippers are, or of Padina, a suburb overflowing with seamen. But you all know of Aslington, mainly because I won't shut up about it of its prominence in my bliki entries. The hub of Vodean political and judicial affairs, it's also quite well known for its multiculturalism prompted by the large number of embassies scattered around the suburb. In the last couple of days I've been reorganising the northern and western parts of the suburb, and I'm rather pleased with the results so far.
While I'm okay with having a grid here, I wanted something to break it up and add some curves, hence the big Northland and Orange Commons; the arrival of the railway line into Aslington (at long last) also helped. The railway line originally followed the river's southern bank when it was built in the 1830s (where Adelaide Quay now sits), but when Aslington became the political centre of the country in the 1860s, the line was shifted so the MPs could get to work (MPs working, when does that ever happen?). The line was buried in the 1900s using the cut-and-cover method, and when it was completed it allowed new development - Myrcia, Drabantia, and Mauretia originally occupied offices in the terraces around Provost Square until their grand new edifices were built.
I've also been redoing some of the buildings around the suburb to either correct their scale (thanks to Turnsole80 for his help here) or put something more interesting in its place. Holy Mother Cathedral, on the corner of Batman and Canning Streets, was a Three Stripes supermarket last night. Holy Mother look at the savings! Hume Square now has terraced houses with gardens in the back - a small improvement, but one that will certainly make the Slavonian ambassador feel happier. Over by Northland Common we find the headquarters of the Atomic Research Council, a group of nuclear scientists who love reactors, hate missiles, and have a clock on hand that counts down to the apocalypse (very fun). A special mention has to go to Louis Walker, who not only built two marvellous buildings facing Elgin Square, but also redesigned the square itself into nothing short of a work of art. The Ingerish over in Canning Square look on in envy.
Still Noticing North Harbour
It's been very quiet across the harbour for months now. Searching parties reported finding little of value, although they did spot some prime land up near Menai Gully. The developers rushed across the Harbour Bridge (those with money took the new toll tunnel) and up went more suburbs. Arbor Hill, Long Acre, Montclair, and Stapleford Heights have now been subdivided, sold, built up, and taxed to high heaven by those vultures in the council. This area is very heavily based on the northern suburbs of Auckland - in particular Albany, Glenvar, and Long Bay - and even has a little bit of Canberra and Sydney added in.
Further up the North Harbour Motorway we come to Wellesley and its surrounds, which will be mapped to mimic the Hibiscus Coast north of Auckland, where it seems like there's never quite enough subdividing going on, so let's put some more in. Yes, it's a long commute to work now, but there's a new busway that follows the motorway (take a wild guess where this one comes from) that someday soon might even have trams and trolleys. Anything can happen in Saviso.
Big is good. This was a meme here for a while, shut up.
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It's after hours, so I can sprawl. I like a lot of what I see in the new suburbs. I'm curious about Lake Wririas: is it intended to be a reservoir? It looks like a great place to have one. The terrain here is interesting because the land seems relatively flat around the lake, so is it essentially a fluvial valley that flooded? Anyway, good stuff. I'm sure Paravea is pleased. Oh, and to answer your question… no, they don't make your city look too big, but those shoes… those have got to go. — Alessa (talk) 04:05, 26 January 2018 (CET)
- No, Lake Wririas is just your run-of-the-mill lake, a flooded fluvial valley as you put it. Although looking at it, it seems like Ellerton would be a good place to build a dam for regulating the water flow, which would be very helpful during the monsoon season (or mahr). I'm planning on Saviso's reservoirs to be located up in the hills, as is the case in Auckland with dams in the Waitakere and Hunua Ranges, although damming some of the other rivers doesn't seem like a bad idea at all. The St Austell River is one of Vodeo's longest and most significant - that means it should be dammed. And as for the shoes, it's a city of five million and these were the best I could get. At least Paravea gets what she wants, although perhaps a bigger and grander temple should be on the cards soon - preferably with soundproofing, because all these screaming Mauroi are getting on our nerves. ParAvion (talk) 06:04, 26 January 2018 (CET)
(Sprawling because I am still a student on holiday) What I like best is the developments in Aslington. How long did it take to draw out these details? (I imagine probably a week). I can see the developments taking shape here. However, if anyone were to scroll out, the city of Saviso seems to look like in a jumbled mess. The city road network on the outside needs a bit of work though. Overall, however, I think this is not a bad work!--Happy mapping and God bless, ZK (talk) 09:25, 26 January 2018 (CET)
- Aslington has been a work in progress for months now. Every once in a while I'll go back and add more detail, then focus my attention elsewhere for a bit. I don't plan on doing all my mapping to the level I've done Aslington, since it would take too much time away from building the rest of the city, and indeed the country. And the city's road network looking like a jumbled mess is deliberate - Saviso is a mixture of different eras and different planning styles - close-knit villages from the 1600s, sprawling grids of the 19th and early 20th centuries, mid-20th century suburbia, and modern high-density terraced housing. In a way, Saviso's roads reflect those of Auckland, Sydney, and London - organised chaos. A lot of the roads within the city and outside it are simply there as placeholders for now, to give an idea of where I want the roads to go, but they are by no means final; in some cases (particularly outside the city), I'm still not sure exactly what I want to put there, hence why there's not much detail. ParAvion (talk) 10:03, 26 January 2018 (CET)
Warning - illegal sprawling ahead: Parontacaihu immediately makes me think of Pontchartrain in New Orleans, which I think conjures a totally different image in my mind than what you are intending, heh. My problem not yours! Fortunately the mapping is expert, so it clearly does not look like the bayou. ;) I have been working a lot lately on terrain and it makes me admire Saviso quite a lot! The whole area has a very natural look...especially the coast, which feels windswept and dramatic. I can almost smell and feel the salt air wind blowing out on one of those ragged little points. The large common areas are a smart addition, and they are definitely giving Aslington more of an "enclave" feel. I love areas on satellite photos of cities where you have a really dense little cluster sort of hemmed in my green space, downtown Adelaide, Australia, being the purest example I can think of. There's something very visually satisfying about it, and I am imagining Aslington in this way now. Perhaps a wide greenway could be added to the south, to create a definitive border with Godley? And thanks for the shout-out re: Elgin Square! I love fussy little projects like buildings and park landscaping...they're a great counterpoint to building whole mountain ranges node by node. >_< Holy Mother Cathedral is a great addition to that area...it took me a minute to realize it hadn't been there before the square was renovated. Great idea to cant it slightly off-axis...that makes it feel even more realistic, to my eye. The view through the square would be lovely, but not *too* centered. -- LW (talk) 10:07, 26 January 2018 (EST)