Just finishing-up a major project I have been working on nearly every weekend since Thanksgiving, 2011. Details follow.....
New De Noc Plats
Started this project by drawing 8 new plats, all acreage within the City of De Noc's corporate boundaries. The plats are to the far north of the CBD, centered just NE of suburban Brookley and just NW of suburban Roxbury (the area's high-income suburb). These 8 plats increased De Noc's population by 23,808, coming in with a density rating of 3349 residents per/square mile (quite typical for near-suburban areas). Most of the acreage is land, just a small portion of Rumble Lake and a winding portion of Thunder Creek providing water acreage. De Noc's population is now 1,310,408, passing San Diego. De Noc is now the 8th-largest city in the USA.
Metropolitan De Noc now has 435 square miles of land acreage with a population density rating of 4995 residents per/square mile. Since about 1964/1965 this Bear has drawn nearly 500 plats. The Metropolitan Population, now ranked 23rd, has 2,249,811 residents. These additions enabled The Plastic City to pass Portland on the metro pop listing. The new plats included a number of manufacturing plants. Metro De Noc has 129,517 manufacturing jobs, good for a ranking of 13th (behind Atlanta and ahead of Cleveland). The annexation (these new plats) also increased the student count of the De Noc Public School District. De Noc is now the 12th-largest public school district (177,511), just behind Fairfax County (VA) (177,629) and just ahead of Orange County (FL) (175,245).
A Look At The Plats
As always, my plats are named and numbered. Details.....
This plat includes some retail and commercial at the junction of Haymeadow Falls Road and Baxter Road. Baxter Park is in this area. There is also a large (8 buildings) office park, Halfmoon Ridge.
This plat is dominated by retail, commercial, and industrial facilities. The Superior Tollway (I-43E) slices through the plat. Adjacent to the Tollway is the large Northern Michigan Department of Highways Big Rabbit Facility. This plat also has a Ride Share Lot near the Tollway entrance.
This plat is dominated by retail, especially along Haymeadow Falls Road and Peninsula Parkway. Peninsula Parkway (southbound) gives area residents quick access to I-98 (Metropolitan Parkway - North), a direct connection with the other limited-access highways in the metro. A large retirement community is on this plat (Haymeadow Retirement Center).
Some retail in the NW corner of the drawing, at the junction of Big Rabbit Road and Haymeadow Falls Road. A few apartment complexes scattered about. Cul-de-sac type housing development (Sunflower Plains) is near Thunder Creek and Thunder Creek Park. The 8 plats described here included 3 new parks, helping me to continue progress on getting the De Noc Metropolitan Park Board's facilities to be at-or-above national standards. Housing developments include Forest Ridge and Forest Park.
A portion of this plat includes a small portion of Rumble Lake, at 630-feet above sea level one of the higher water sources in the metro. Prime lakefront homes dot the lake's shoreline. The Rumble Lake Bike Trail wanders through a portion of this drawing.
287. North Rumble
This plat is dominated by industrial facilities, many of them served by tracks belonging to The Milwaukee Road (railroad company). I-43E slides past a number of the facilities as it curves northwest. Fire Station No. 22 is located on this plat.
This plat is a combination of residential single-family, some retail and commercial, and a few smaller industrial plants. The De Noc Public School District's newest high school, John Glenn, is located on this drawing. All of the just-drawn plats include a couple elementary schools and a junior high school.
289. Thunder Creek
Thunder Creek winds through the primarily single-family residential neighborhoods of this plat. The plat also includes some apartments and condominiums. I also included a pair of condominium high-rise structures, Thunder Towers (18 stories). Neptune Park is on this plat just west of the rotary (North Rumble Road, Big Rabbit Road, Klein Lane).
A Word About High-Rises & Zoning.....Or Lack Thereof
As mentioned many times, I have been working on this giant fake city for nearly 50 years. Back in the day I had no problem inserting high-rise buildings in just about any area. Usually they were residentially-oriented. As I grew to understand (a little ) this thing called "zoning" I started to re-think the insert-a-tower-anywhere plan. Then, on one of my many visits to Toronto, CA, I noticed that they too had somewhat of an insert-a-tower-anywhere philosophy. Sue me.
As always, when I finish a stack of drawings I enter all the detail and data into my more-than-100 spreadsheets, as necessary. Metro De Noc would certainly be in the Top 10 rankings for bike trails per/capita, although I am struggling to find that data. The metro now has (with the addition of the Rumble Lake Bike Trail mileage within these new plats) 114 miles of bike trails, most of them of a Class I (paved, separate from traffic) designation.
Not sure what my next project will be. Big projects still in process include bus routes, more fire/rescue stations, and some major changes to the De Noc Transit System's monorail system.
In Other News.....
The Archdiocese of De Noc announced that Eastern Catholic High School is closing. The Elwood Public School District announced that one of their two high schools, South High, is closing. The Lakewood Public School Distict announced that one of their two high schools, Warwick, is closing. All of these closings are due to declining enrollments as the demographics of the student bodies change.
Cold night in store for De Noc. Temperatures are expected to hover near 8F, considerably below-normal. Sunday will bring some light snow and more below-normal temperatures, near 17F. But by mid-week the temperatures will be back above normal, probably about 40F.