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Pingyao Oct 28, 2013 9:58 AM

The cities tallest has that iconic design feel to it. Are you planning any taller buildings to eclipse it?

BillM Oct 28, 2013 2:47 PM

The layout of North Bay
 
For now, I will be using generic terms that are descriptive of places.

Highpoint Park is at the top of this map. The Cove is just below. The Drive goes around the Cove and Highpoint Park. The Boulevard starts in the lower left. It runs on a slight angle relative to the general grid and connects to the drive at the cove.
http://imageshack.us/a/img36/5398/6fmy.jpg

My next post will be part 1 of a two part tour of The Boulevard.
Part 1 will start in the lower left of this map at University Circle and proceed north towards The Cove and Highpoint Park.
Part 2 will feature shots of the city from Highpoint Park before heading south down the Boulevard.
http://imageshack.us/a/img9/6236/rdq2.jpg

Skydragon42 Oct 28, 2013 5:28 PM

Thats really cool that you made a map like this!

BillM Oct 29, 2013 2:40 PM

Boulevard/Highpoint Park part 1
 
The Boulevard is a primary gateway into the city from the southwest.
http://imageshack.us/a/img443/6084/w62m.jpg

One of the city’s major universities is located just west of University Circle.
http://imageshack.us/a/img713/6131/8bjp.jpg


University Circle
http://imageshack.us/a/img405/2008/4uk5.jpg


University Circle
http://imageshack.us/a/img547/6388/jga0.jpg


The 2 mile stretch between University Circle and the Cove is primarily residential mixed with hotels, cafes and a few other businesses.
http://imageshack.us/a/img138/8660/6uiv.jpg


The Boulevard is situated on an escarpment just above the western side of the city center.
http://imageshack.us/a/img46/3583/dbc0.jpg


The Boulevard lends itself to being a popular strolling circuit.
http://imageshack.us/a/img202/7776/m2y1.jpg


Only a few of the streets from the downtown grid connect directly to the boulevard, due to the sudden elevation change. Thru lanes (2 in each direction) pass some of the intersections by going under.
http://imageshack.us/a/img51/4322/q2ng.jpg


Monument Park
http://imageshack.us/a/img543/595/66bf.jpg


Monument Park is on the left. Museum Park is on the right. A promenade under the boulevard connects the 2 parks.
http://imageshack.us/a/img20/8679/afgz.jpg


The observatory and communication tower atop Highpoint Park can be seen in the distance. Note the lower town on the right.
http://imageshack.us/a/img543/4936/237t.jpg


The northern part of the Boulevard with Highpoint Park in the background.
http://imageshack.us/a/img13/8257/piqh.jpg


The Cove is 2 miles north of University Circle. Veer to the left and the drive will take you around the cove towards Highpoint Park.
http://imageshack.us/a/img41/736/5k6l.jpg


Approaching Highpoint Park. Part 2 will feature views of the city from the park before heading back down the Boulevard.
http://imageshack.us/a/img163/286/dbey.jpg

Skydragon42 Oct 30, 2013 1:18 AM

Your city is looking good!

BillM Oct 30, 2013 2:07 PM

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Originally Posted by gregSt (Post 6236374)
I like the foggy atmoshere, it gives a lot of realism to the already realistic skyline. :tup:

Thanks Greg! It also conceals the edge of the model!

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Originally Posted by Pingyao (Post 6318026)
The cities tallest has that iconic design feel to it. Are you planning any taller buildings to eclipse it?

I'll probably do more filling in. If I was to do a new tallest, it would most likely be in another area.

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Originally Posted by Skydragon42 (Post 6318359)
Thats really cool that you made a map like this!

I like that you can get an instant map by using Top view in parallel projection. The 2D trees that I use disappear with this setting.

Morning Mist
http://imageshack.us/a/img29/1006/8lm3.jpg

Patrick Oct 30, 2013 8:57 PM

I didn't realize how hilly North Bay was, fantastic work with the terrain it really does add a realistic effect!

Is there anything significant about the building with the sphere attached to it?

Vellu Nov 2, 2013 7:23 PM

Lovely tour! Really a great way to present your city. I really admire how well-thought-out this city is. Looking forward to seeing the next tour.

BillM Nov 7, 2013 2:40 PM

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Originally Posted by Patrick (Post 6321351)
Is there anything significant about the building with the sphere attached to it?

I originally thought that would be a good location for a weather beacon. It has great visibility. The sphere could also be a symbol. The building itself is primarily residential.

BillM Nov 7, 2013 2:45 PM

Highpoint Park, the Drive, the Boulevard: part 2
 
http://imageshack.us/a/img818/8836/vww1.jpg
Aerial view looking south toward Highpoint Park and the North Bay skyline. The Communication tower and observatory are visible on the right.
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http://imageshack.us/a/img13/1581/hvr6.jpg
Finally started adding sidewalks to the “Drive”. Like the “Boulevard”, the drive creates a string of parks; it is optimized for biking, jogging and walking.
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http://imageshack.us/a/img819/3265/ckv7.jpg
The drive is a primary gateway from the north.
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http://imageshack.us/a/img850/9734/49ws.jpg
Approaching the roundabout at the point. This is where a bridge connects the Drive to the other side of the river.
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http://imageshack.us/a/img849/5867/xnxc.jpg
This road in Highpoint Park leads to the observatory.
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http://imageshack.us/a/img11/8205/etyy.jpg
View from the observatory
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http://imageshack.us/a/img703/4766/lzl8.jpg
In the cove. We need some sailboats.
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http://imageshack.us/a/img818/871/btl2.jpg
This is where the Drive meets Inner Harbor road and the Boulevard. Inner Harbor road is straight ahead; it eventually runs along the Inner Harbor area and Marina District. The Drive/Boulevard greenway veers to the right.
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http://imageshack.us/a/img109/6014/bu8d.jpg
Looking south down the northern stretch of the Boulevard.
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http://imageshack.us/a/img600/1091/x8xv.jpg
The Boulevard
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http://imageshack.us/a/img708/8361/2lud.jpg
Monument Park
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http://imageshack.us/a/img708/3678/jebj.jpg
Museum Park is on the left; Monument Park is on the right.
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http://imageshack.us/a/img189/5972/xzrh.jpg
One of the bypasses for through traffic.
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http://imageshack.us/a/img96/7389/qecj.jpg
The Boulevard
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http://imageshack.us/a/img20/7963/y7x8.jpg
This Hotel at University Circle features a revolving rooftop restaurant.

Pingyao Nov 7, 2013 11:25 PM

You have managed to implement terrain extremely well. I don't think another city on here uses this so successfully. The terrain helps to define the character of the city more and creates a degree of realism much more than if the model was flat.

Skydragon42 Nov 8, 2013 4:19 AM

Your city is looking great:D But how did you make those hills so nicely? When I tried to make a hill in my city it looked terrible, so I deleted it!

Vellu Nov 9, 2013 7:28 PM

Another great tour! I agree, that the terrain looks great and it really helps in making this city very realistic. Another thing is the realistic massing of those buildings. Hopefully we'll see more tours soon!

Patrick Nov 26, 2013 6:36 PM

That's one beautiful skyline! I love the amount of low rises in the city, really adds to the realism! I've always wanted to do that with Staunton but I never manage to get past the CBD!

gregSt Nov 29, 2013 3:42 PM

I am surprised how good even the open spaces look, that must indeed be the terrain. :)

BillM Jan 27, 2014 6:49 PM

Here are some updates for North Bay.


Skyline aerial looking north
http://imageshack.com/a/img12/8899/5cx3.jpg

skyline aerial looking west
http://imageshack.com/a/img845/4097/7q2p.jpg

Skyline looking south from observatory
http://imageshack.com/a/img829/4204/ki5z.jpg

Skyline aerial looking southeast
http://imageshack.com/a/img845/2266/2sck.jpg

Aerial of Boulevard/Drive area
http://imageshack.com/a/img15/1885/vyq8.jpg

Boulevard/Drive along river
http://imageshack.com/a/img843/3070/djlo.jpg

Boulevard/Drive area tunnel
http://imageshack.com/a/img823/7692/15ua.jpg

looking west towards Boulevard/drive
http://imageshack.com/a/img31/4543/sj15.jpg

looking north towards Boulevard/Drive
http://imageshack.com/a/img198/5395/vc5b.jpg

street scene looking east
http://imageshack.com/a/img703/2641/m7a9.jpg

street aerial
http://imageshack.com/a/img197/6827/4i50.jpg

Park Terrace
http://imageshack.com/a/img844/559/dlzq.jpg

from Park terrace hotel
http://imageshack.com/a/img560/8726/73mr.jpg

Boulevard looking north northeast towards university circle
http://imageshack.com/a/img849/235/g23i.jpg

Aerial view of boulevard
http://imageshack.com/a/img10/5032/o35r.jpg

Boulevard between museum and monument parks looking south southwest
http://imageshack.com/a/img829/4684/c0dv.jpg

Pingyao Feb 2, 2014 4:54 PM

Impressive as ever, terrain complexity is very successful.

Dac150 Feb 2, 2014 7:45 PM

Wow - very impressive! For some reason the grid reminds me of Halifax.

BillM Feb 4, 2014 4:22 PM

Quote:

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pingyao (Post 6331185)
You have managed to implement terrain extremely well. I don't think another city on here uses this so successfully. The terrain helps to define the character of the city more and creates a degree of realism much more than if the model was flat.

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Originally Posted by Vellu (Post 6333322)
Another great tour! I agree, that the terrain looks great and it really helps in making this city very realistic. Another thing is the realistic massing of those buildings. Hopefully we'll see more tours soon!

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Originally Posted by gregSt (Post 6357324)
I am surprised how good even the open spaces look, that must indeed be the terrain. :)


Thanks Pingyao, Vellu, Greg,
I love when cities are terraced on hills; it really adds a new dimension.

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Originally Posted by Patrick (Post 6353874)
That's one beautiful skyline! I love the amount of low rises in the city, really adds to the realism! I've always wanted to do that with Staunton but I never manage to get past the CBD!

Thanks Patrick,
Now that you have neighborhoods surrounding the CBD of Staunton earmarked......


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Originally Posted by Skydragon42 (Post 6331465)
Your city is looking great:D But how did you make those hills so nicely? When I tried to make a hill in my city it looked terrible, so I deleted it!

Thanks Skydragon,
What approach did you take in making hills?
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Originally Posted by Dac150 (Post 6433832)
Wow - very impressive! For some reason the grid reminds me of Halifax.

Thanks Dac,
There is a little Halifax influence in there; The Citadel area and water. A suspension bridge in view doesn't hurt. I think Halifax has a great natural setting.

Vellu Mar 1, 2014 7:36 PM

The realistic layout and skyline and the huge size take my breath away every time I look at this. Wonderful!


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