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Offline Tarkus

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First time here, and as a NAMite, I'm quite impressed with your usage of diagonals throughout here--it's really a distinct style of network layout, and I like what you've done with it.  I'm also always drawn in by road construction, so I'm enjoying see the upgrades you're doing as well. There's also a good interface between the natural and built environment, too.

And also, since this is now Reply #100, it's my distinct honor as a member of SC4D Staff to move "From Schmotenton to New Portland - the rise (and possible fall) of Bran Castle" up to the Best Sellers category.  Congratulations! :thumbsup:

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Congratulations, siemanthepieman! Well deserved.  &apls

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Great update, I also like your network layout.  Outstanding work.  Congratulations on the move to "Best Sellers" Category, well deserved.   &apls &apls
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UPDATE 34.2 - THE END OF FOREST'S END

The part of Forest’s End which runs along the bank of the Simoleon River can thank its existence to its most notable and distinguished feature - it is home to the region’s first brewery, now mostly a museum although it still produces a small batch saison twice a year (one dark winters brew and a spring/summer edition). To start, the brewery was all alone on the banks of the river. Of course, people wanted to live closer and closer and eventually the long arm of Forest’s End came to be!

34.14 - Whilst not the biggest, nor the fanciest, homes in New Portland, the four houses overlooking the river and closest to were coveted by many as the best four houses in the realm.


34.15 - Of course, the outlook and general ambiance for most of the places along the banks wasn’t too bad!


34.16 - Even the little commercial strip was quite nice, although regarded by many as wasted on shops and parking (at least wasted on such a drab little strip).


34.17 - An overview of ‘the arm’


FOREST'S END BY FACTS AND FIGURES (circa 1986):
 
Mayor: Lyndon Schneiders
Deputy Mayor: Penny Sharpe
Number of Councillors: 24
Population: 3,978
Average Age: 37.6
Average Household Income: $72,500
Mode Education Level: Bachelor Degree
Jobs: 1,640
Council Jobs: 400
Primary Industry/Tax Division: Educational sevices
Notable Features: The Old Saison (the brewery), tunnel/shopping connection to Bansia Flat, riverside housing and walks, access to picturesque Crown land

Motto: Formae autem in flumen implete
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UPDATE 35 - PICKET WEST

Ground wasn’t broken in Picket West until 1969, it was always destined for great things.

35.1 - From humble beginnings ...


35.2 - its proximity to North Adelaide and the Adelaide CBD assured the suburb of its popularity.


35.3 - As the usage of the regional highway crossing the river picked up, a large roundabout came to dominate the entrance to the suburb and construction took off.


35.4 - And construction carried on.


35.5 - And on.


35.6 - And on.


35.7 - Picket West was regarded by many as the perfect mix of high rise development and impressive low density stately homes, complemented by some of the best walking trails in the region. The Mayor’s house - to the far left - was also regarded as one of the region’s best.

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Re: From Schmotenton to New Portland - the rise (and possible fall) of Bran Castle
« Reply #105 on: September 23, 2018, 07:12:18 AM »
UPDATE 36 - AMBLESIDE

Ambleside, aptly named for its long ambling arms stretching out from the heart of the suburb, didn’t start to develop until sometime after 1968. Word leaked from the Castle that the King was going to order the construction of a highway and an additional railway to cross the river and head east and the suburb had burst onto the map by 1970.

The suburb had taken on its basic current day footprint by 1976, even though neither the train line nor the highway had been built.

36.1 - An overview circa 1981. The highway actually terminated at Ambleside when first built. On the other hand, the train line ran straight through - with not stop!


36.2 - Being across the river and initially very isolated as it was, a substantial school was built to ensure access to quality education for those on the south side of the river.


36.3 - The King insisted a that there be a small group of shops which covered most necessities (groceries, post, banking, minor hardware and small furnishings, etc) nearby to the school to ensure a thriving but also very close-knit school-centric community.


36.4 - And it worked. Before long a high capacity station was built. The station did two things. It ensured those young, knowledge thirsty Ambledians could continue their education to tertiary level with a quick commute across the river the (soon to established) University in the CBD (and of course study is not the only reason to travel across the river to the CBD and beyond). It also gave a boost to the local economy.


36.5 - Building ...


36.6 - ... building ...


36.7 - ... built!


36.8 - What a result.


36.9 - And so Ambleside went from a truly suburban suburb to a suburb of transitions. From low density residential to mid rise commercials.


36.10 - And mid rise commercials to mid rise residentials


36.11 - And more mid rise residentials.


36.12 - And then beck to low density residentials and boys in between.


36.13 - And then in some parts of the suburb you’d be forgiven for forgetting what a school and a commercial hub even were, let alone that both are within a kilometre of your front door!


36.14 - We finish with an overview circa 1984, with the highway now running through the suburb and making road travel to the east of the region a possibility.
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AMBLESIDE BY FACTS AND FIGURES (circa 1986):
 
Mayor: Paul Franklin
Deputy Mayor: Frances Beacon
Number of Councillors: 16
Population: 5,287
Average Age: 34.5
Average Household Income: $62,500
Mode Education Level: Bachelor Degree
Jobs: 2,180
Council Jobs: 180
Primary Industry/Tax Division: Residential
Notable Features: Nameko Station,  16th century church house

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Hm. My latin got really weak.

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Nice work  :)

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Looks like there is a bit of an unemployment problem in Ambelside. They live so close to the center and train stop, yet are too lazy to go.. Great updates again. Always a nice read.
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REPLIES

fantozzi-
All the Latin l know (apart from a few of the legal phrases still in use) comes from Google. According to whatever translator l used, it says "Don't just pass through". l like your translation too though.

Scott- Thanks.

art128- I was hoping no one would notice - although the King & the Mayor certainly have. That is the problem with the slow speeds and unpleasant travel conditions on old, poorly thoughtout, narrow, dirt roads. The King and Mayor are still "umming and ahhing" over whether they will tinker with the road rules and the bus timetables and trip times (ie: l am thinking of tweaking my NAM settings and/or learning how to make my own changes to the traffic simulator to encourage longer commutes) or just bite the bullet like they know they should and start improving the road network by creating better more efficient routes from the outskirts of suburbs to their centres and by upgrading many of these dirt streets to sealed roads. Of course, the Mayor says he has no money. And the King is often reluctant to part with all of his!

UPDATE 37 - EAST CROSSINGTON [IN PROGRESS]

East Cossington is to many just another 'arm' of Ambleside. If you look back at image 36.1 and imagine that the line pointing from the train station through the school to the river points to 12 o'clock, East Cossington can be seen as the arm that runs away from Ambleside at about 9 o'clock. Of course, it's a brave man or woman who tells anyone from East Crossington that - there was a small band of fiercely local locals who fought long and hard to establish East Crossington as a suburb in its own right.

37.1 - Here you can see the original East Crossington. No one is quite sure exactly when this photo was taken but presumably some time in the seventies.


37.2 - The locals really put some effort into the area immediately surrounding the train station - some commercial services, Some swanky shopping options and some warehousing and distribution capacity. Not to mention the walking trails by the river and throughout the woods.


37.3 - By the eighties, East Crossington was really filling in. The area pictured was (once built) arguably better serviced by Ambleside than East Crossington itself, but hey, the Mayor didn’t really care where the shopping dollars and the school fees went. As long as the rates still came into his coffers.


37.4 - This brief update concludes with an overview taking in three suburbs -  parts of Ambleside at the top, our pfeature suburb East Crossington in the middle and Campbeltown at the bottom. Pleasingly, for those concerned with the current update at least, the lack of jobs only starts in Campbeltown. We might get to see what the Mayor of Campbeltown is doing about that in the next update.


EAST CROSSINGTON BY FACTS AND FIGURES (circa 1986):
 
Mayor:
Deputy Mayor:
Number of Councillors:
Population:
Average Age:
Average Household Income:
Mode Education Level:
Jobs:
Council Jobs:
Primary Industry/Tax Division:
Notable Features:

Motto:
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siemanthepieman: This is the best! Lots of ideas and tips! Hats off to you...
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