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Author Topic: From Schmotenton to New Portland - the rise (and possible fall) of Bran Castle  (Read 5771 times)

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Offline siemanthepieman

UPDATE 17 – BRAN CASTLE OLD TOWN
Bran Castle Old Town was built outside the original castle walls, but within the extended walls that were erected in about 1936.

This update is of the Old Town circa 1986.

17.1  - The Old Town is renowned for its fine cobblestone groundwork and although the commercial buildings are seemingly getting forever newer and forever taller, its skyline remains dominated by Bran Cathedral, especially at night.


17.2 – The Deputy Mayor’s house is tucked away up the back of the suburb and is a very nice pile of bricks.


17.3 - Not surprisingly, it is outdone by the Mayor’s house, which draws large crowds on the weekends when it participates in the region’s Open Garden Scheme.  People are fascinated by the large eucalypts and the beautiful beds of wildflowers. The sheds up the back keep the Mayor’s classic car collection safe from those who would like to obtain such a collection without actually paying for it!


17.4 – Of course, the crowds also stop to look at the impressive Mayor’s statue just across the road from the Mayor’s house. Indeed, the Mayor, vain as he is, can often been seen over there admiring his own fantastic image case in impressive stone.


17.5 – The Old Town is nowadays a curious mix of the old and new. Some say, under their breath of course, that the old money that sits on the Council is easily swayed in planning and development decisions with the passage of a few bucks under the board room table.


17.6 -


17.7 – Some pockets are a bit more cohesive than others. Here you can see the Grand Medina in Bran Castle (bottom right) and its sister hotel, the Grand Medina Old Town (upper right) in close proximity to one other. Yes the names are decidedly boring and also very confusing. If the chain had a dollar for every time a guest rocked up to the wrong hotel …


17.8 – This old apartment block in the middle of town was built before Old Town even existed. When it was built, it was very cheap housing - a nice building, sure, but outside the original castle walls and not in the middle of anything. Now it is prime real estate right in the middle of town (the Mayor’s statue and house is just to the right of shot and the main commercial block just to the bottom). Those who bought in early are now sitting on a nice little nest egg and can obtain good finance against their equity for things like Competition Blue Dodge Vipers with speed stripes to go with the V10 under the hood.


17.9 - The main commercial block


17.10 - An overview at night to finish off


BRAN CASTLE OLD TOWN BY FACTS AND FIGURES (circa 1986):

Mayor: David McQueen
Deputy Mayor: David Brown
Number of Councillors: 8
Population: 278
Median Age: 39
Average Household Income: $107,000
Average Education Level: Bachelor level tertiary education (partially complete, still enrolled)
Jobs: 1400
Council Jobs: 85
Primary Industry/Tax Division: Office Services, Hospitality/Tourism
Notable Features: The Cathedral, Kirin Corner, Mayor McQueen's garden.

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Motto: cum fide a malo pro-tegimur
« Last Edit: July 14, 2017, 07:35:17 PM by siemanthepieman »

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Re: From Schmotenton to New Portland - the rise (and possible fall) of Bran Castle

Offline Nanami

Interesting cobblestoned town! I mean its really cobblestone everywhere, both street and the sidewalk.

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Re: From Schmotenton to New Portland - the rise (and possible fall) of Bran Castle

Offline siemanthepieman

UPDATE 18 – CALLISTEMON

Callistemon was Bran Castle’s first truly wealthy suburb.  Early on, it was comprised entirely within the castle walls. Eventually, it came to include a pocket of homes beyond the castle walls as well.

18.1 – Here it is in about 1970. You can see the part of the suburb inside the castle walls to the lower left and the part outside the castle walls is to the upper right. The industrial area to the lower right falls outside the suburb entirely.


Those of you who have been following along might recognise the part of the suburb inside the castle walls from Update 7 and also recognise the part outside of the castle walls as having been started by that enterprising group of builders in Update 12 who built the downtown who settled a small little community half way between the downtown area and Bran Castle itself. It wasn’t too long before that little group of worker’s huts snaked back around on both sides and joined up with the rest of Callistemon.

18.2 – Of course, in such a suburb the Mayor and Deputy Mayor enjoy a pretty nice home. You can see them both here to the middle left. The Mayor’s house is surrounded by a formal hedge with fields of white daisies, while the Deputy Mayor has the exact same house (!) just on a smaller allotment and surrounded by a low stone wall instead.


18.3 – A closer look at the Mayor’s house.


18.4 – The small commercial centre of Callistemon developed quickly. Originally a neat but rather clumsy arrangement of pretty generic looking offices  …


18.5 – Some rather nice town planning some more interesting developments, including a quaint little church with a substantial rear garden, a very well regarded little elementary school and a much more cohesive scheme of sidewalks and paving amongst the shops and offices.


18.6 – A closer look at the school.


18.7 – And a closer look at the church. A substantial monument was built at an important cross-roads to honour ‘The Forgotten Explorer’.  Sometime during the 60’s King Schmo II discovered that he was not actually the first person to sight the bay that become New Portland and that Dietrich ‘Hugo’ Rich had actually spent 100 days riding through the wilderness of the Greater Isle of Schmo and actually reported back to King Schmo I this area of untold promise. Of course, the King did not pay due attention to Dietrich’s reports of his travels, much to his son’s delight now.


18.8 – By 1975, the commercial area was nicely developed, with a fairly cohesive ‘look’.


18.9 -


18.10 – For no particular reason, the King was rather fond of this nice little corner leading out to the highway.


18.11 – By 1987, the back part of Callistemon had been overtaken by the mega-rich. The Port had been open for a number of years and many well-heeled trade merchants, particularly the Dutch, took a shine to the region. They settled in and, before long, Callistemon was home to the region’s first mega-mansions.


We’ll come back to have a closer look at this part of the suburb in a future update.

CALLISTEMON BY FACTS AND FIGURES (circa 1986):

Mayor: Marlboro Dietenhofenn
Deputy Mayor: Paul Smith
Number of Councillors: 16
Population: 385
Median Age: 23 (yep, lots of rich parents means even more rich kids)
Average Household Income: $312,000.00
Average Education Level: VET/Business College or equivalent (plenty of sharp business minds here, but not too many PhDs)
Jobs: 970
Council Jobs: 45
Primary Industry/Tax Division: High Wealth Residential
Notable Features: Bran Castle's richest suburb, The Forgotten Horseman Memorial

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Motto:  Concordia Integritas Industria
« Last Edit: July 15, 2017, 06:18:17 AM by siemanthepieman »

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Re: From Schmotenton to New Portland - the rise (and possible fall) of Bran Castle

Offline Nanami

Another interesting update! although I find it funny where the road mostly full with buses.

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