Finally we have a new CJ! Some parts of your city are pleasing, but as mentioned already, try to avoid those big repeating buildings in a those blocks beside each other. The aerial are looking good indeed! Keep it up!
Nice city, and I like that you added some description and a selfmade map!
I agree with @solo about the repetition of the houses especially in the suburbs. Maybe use some kind of superblock layout, and then put the buildings repeatedly into that superblock.
Also, I would suggest to invest more time into micromanagement especially regarding your plazas and your ports. Maybe have a look at how other people successfully created such ports: http://xlnation.city/forums/city-photos.9/
I do like your highway network a lot. It looks well planned and the interchanges are smooth, which I find to be most important regarding highways in general.
Also, your skyline offers a nice view, it's a wise building composition, good job!