Well, I wasn't planning to add any description before I get the whole map finished. However, I just found out that Icy tagged my CJ on the homepage. Big surprise to me! So I thought it's time to tell my little story about Athellen and share some of my building experience with you guys ^^
My original plan was make a little modern city located on the east coast of north American. The architecture should be of a modern style, with a small historic district featured euro-style structures. The plan gets bigger and bigger, as I wander through Google earth in many many different cities. There are so many things to build, and then there comes Athellen, the final plan of a large metropolis sprawling over the whole map.
I was thinking about finish this city in 6 month. However I totally underestimated how much effort I need to put in this project. Especially to make the city realistic and full of details. Right now only less than 50% of the city is finished. It may take me years to build this city.
The picture below is an overview of central part of Athellen. All the interchanges has a really life model I found in google earth. To make splitting high way merge into a single bridge like reallife, I made some modification to Altiris' Large Avenue Splitter mod, Now it can connects avenue bridge to any type of two-lane roads. If you are interested, message me and I can mail it to you. I didn't have the authority to publish the modified version.
The waterfronts are probably the most time consuming work during the construction. To simulate those real waterfronts on google earth, I use 1m road to draw different layers along the fronts then fill different type of plazas to make it look real. It took me two month to finish about 2 miles of waterfronts. But the result is stunning.
The sunken express way and interchange that enters downtown.
Leftside is the old town historic area.
The city hall located in old town.
Central park in dowtown
The night view. I really love this one. The picture was taken when I just started building this city. It took me so much time to find those buildings that resembles a perfect night view.
About to come.... Rail System.
The rails in cities xl is really a pain in the A$$. Tried many ways, but still not even close to realistic. That little short metro......too far from a real train.
CJ The Rise of Athellen - Construction Journal
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