Warning !!!! This thread is based on a city and a metro that is "not real". If you "real" planners are turned-off by those of us who draw maps.....change the channel.
In other threads, such as my introductory thread back in May, 2003, I did a little describing of my "fake" maps. Because my mind tends to work in an organized manner it has been bugging me that my descriptions, etc. are located on several threads......so this thread is an attempt to "git organized". (sic)
My main (big) drawings, and all the related small drawings, charts, graphs, written history, etc. can be looked on as a "novel in progress". My city and suburbs contain all the elements of real cities.....sprawl, good planning, not-so-good planning, lack of planning, big boxes, Wally-Marts (yes, sorry), school district boundaries that border on the absurd, shopping centers that are vibrant and alive, shopping centers that are near death because of design (and a changing retail world), high-rise public housing crammed into older near-downtown areas alongside crowded expressways, bike trails, and all kinds of other blah-blah-blahs.
As I enter new posts on this thread I will occasionally ask for advice, etc. Not being a real planner has left me with a mind that is not enlightened by the planners on these pages.
Again, I warn you.....my city is "fake".....but in my mind it has been real for the forty (40) plus years that I have been working on it.