Welcome to my CJ for Manaka, a long time coming as I have been building this for a few months now, and its nowhere near finished. There are plans for semi regular updates as and when I can do them, but this is a long term project. Big thanks to all those Modders who have made this possible...
Oh yeah, how do I place a pic of the city in the title icon? - I discovered it thanks...
Manaka is located in the Pacific region of Pingvalia. The term 'Manaka' is believed to have been Maori in origin and means 'Reminiscence - the act of remembering. Ironically this land was for many hundreds of years forgotten. It was rediscovered by the Spanish explorer Captain Manuel Herrara on his epic journey around the Pacific region in 1709. The lands of Pingvalia where Manaka is situated were only fully mapped in the mid 1700s. Manaka's coastal position in the centre of the region made it an important strategic, trade town.
By 1730 a small colony was established on the present day Yorktown Peninsula, although it wasn't until the early 19th century when the lands of Pingvalia were sold to America that Manaka proper appeared. Pingvalia as a US territory was always too far from the States to be fully governable and in 1889 it was granted semi independence. The small town of Manaka began to absorb Pacific, European and to a later extent Asian cultures, although its economy, even today, is still closely tied to the US.
During the boom years of the early 20th century and subsequent economical slump in the 1930s, Manaka diversified its economy. A burgeoning vacation resort grew in the 50's with the onset of air travel. A huge commercial centre, the CBD grew in the 60s and 70s. This was driven by international shipping and tax free incentives for industry. By the end of the 20th century Manaka had lost a lot of its spark and large areas of deprivation blighted the city.
In recent years the city has found its independent spirit once more and many recent projects and regeneration have helped lift it back up. Blessed with fine beaches and great weather Manaka is looking forward with optimism.
I love the open ended and to some degree freedom that citiesxl gives me. With the onset of mods and new maps this has once more made playing this game enjoyable, barring the obligatory crashes. It is taking me a considerable time to design and build Manaka as I am going for a high degree of detail. I am using the Bunbury map as this gives a vast flat area for building, but also has an interesting, diverse coastline. Manaka is growing around the central peninsula which is still to be designed and will be where the CBD is located.
Some areas such as Downtown, Warner and New Bromley are virtually completed. Other areas including the CBD have yet to break ground. You will forgive me if I don't give many overview pics as Manaka is really not ready to be seen from the air yet.
Apley Street 'Main Street' - Downtown Manaka
Deprived neighbourhood - South Downtown
Looking towards Downtown from Warner
An Eastern suburb of Manaka - Downtown Warner
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Small City with Big plans...