illinoisplanner said:So what are some of your most exciting or largest upcoming projects?
Bear Up North said:Some of the bigger projects include:
Determining traffic flow issues and traffic density counts for all main roads. I have some older neighborhoods in the near east side of De Noc that are traffic nightmares, due to truck-congested 2-lane streets serving some of the area's oldest industrial plants. I also have a few feeder limited-access highways that need some upgrading. Identifying flows and counts will allow me to establish traffic management priorities.
Regional government.....at least in terms of fire protection as a "starting point" will get some pencil time from this Bear. My metro has way too many suburbs, each with its' own fire department. Time to force these people into some cooperative agreements and reduce the fire halls.
Another large project involves the De Noc Transit System (DNTS). My plans involve identifying the demographics of the neighborhoods within walking distance of monorail stations. That process will include establishing some retail presence in those foot corridors. I will probably "bite the bullet" and establish bus routes. (Now that will be a time-consuming project.)
An exciting project (or series of projects) will be the re-draw of plats that hold De Noc's professional sports venues. If you compare De Noc to other metros of a similar size, newer sports venues are common. The De Noc Memorial Coliseum was built in 1955. Hockey and basketball are both played in that aging facility. I expect that private corporation funding, probably from De Noc's only Fortune 500 headquartered company, Star, Inc., will help build a hockey arena. We may have to get some government help to fund the basketball arena. The Plastic Bowl football stadium was built (same style as Three Rivers) in 1962. City fathers expect to replace that big circle stadium soon....or risk having the NFL team leave the community. :-c
In the past few months I have been working on some infrastructure-related items. Water treatment facilities and fresh water supply facilities are both in the process of being upgraded. I still have one (1) more coal-fired electricity plant to build.
On a rather sad note (but realistic), I have to start closing a number of industrial plants. Facilities slated for closing, with a significant number of layoffs, include plastic toy factories, a computer-parts factory, and some auto parts plants. The new world economy.....
Police Districts in the corporate limits of De Noc are also on the table. I will be using some data from Cyburbia's own ICT 316 to establish realistic police districts.
Some neat projects on the table are establishment of a zoological park, building a medical college, establishing a major Catholic university, and building a major theme park.
There are many other projects, big and small, that trip my trigger. Now if I can just find that gun.....
Isn't Lambeau Field the oldest stadium structure currently in use in the NFL?illinoisplanner said:Wow...very nice. Looks like you take demographics and statistics and the like very seriously in making decisions regarding your city.
Road improvements ave always been near the top of my list of ongoing projects, as are constantly reconfiguring schools and fire stations. Parks as well.
I still have to establish bus routes for my city as well...a bullet to bite indeed.
Wow, you've got some old stadiums on your hands. I was looking at the World Almanac and the 1950s/1960s era stadiums are rapidly dwindling.
I'd be curious as to how heavy freight railroad traffic is running westward and southwestward from this metro. Those lines in the corridor that runs from there to Chicago (via Green Bay, et al) must be trainwatchers' paradise.illinoisplanner said:I'm also surprised you don't have a zoological park already. It seems like even the smallest of cities (i.e. plenty of 100,000 pop. cities) have them.
It's cool to see that you change what's in your industrial areas as the times change.
mgk920 said:The two routings that I an thinking of are a six-laner roughly along 'real life' M-35/US 41 and an island-hopping six-lane bridge complex via Door County, WI.
JNA said:Great cruise but
What no historic lighthouse, sand dunes, or cliffs ? :-(
Bear Up North said:This Bear has been working on the project that identifies names, addresses, and number of storefronts for all of the strip shopping centers located in the Metropolitan De Noc Area. Most of the strip centers have six (6) to fifteen (15) storefronts, although a few have less and a few have more. Regular shopping centers, malls, regional malls are not included in this look-see project.
The metro has about one hundred (100) of these centers. The metro area population is just over 2,000,000.
Anybody out there have a feel for the numbers? Do I have too many strip centers for this total population? Not enough?
zmanPLAN said:Close to, or will reach 100 degrees along Colorado's front range.
What is the forecast in De Noc? Are the lakes open to canoeing yet? Are the northern pike biting this time of year?
Because it's the da UP, there has to be a curling club in DeNoc ... right?
I'm testifying before the transportation subcomittee next Saturday. My subject is public/private planning for Safege monorail (I will have 3 minutes).
So, you see, some of us wish to be as successful as De Noc.
A station averaging every 1.4 miles ? Sounds perfect.
If anybody out there in Cyburbialand has a feel for public access to water percentages (perhaps to square mile or to population) can you share your knowledge? Appreciate it, as always.
Also interesting that you've got two arenas in the same place, although I guess it's not all that uncommon for a major metro to have multiple arenas.
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Are there any freeways near De Noc's sports complex??
Great question, JNA.....
University of De Noc Tigers
Michigan Shores State University Golden Eagles
Pro sports mascots.....
De Noc Superiors (Football, NFL)
De Noc Laughing Whitefish (Hockey, NHL)
De Noc Bobcats (Basketball, NBA)
De Noc Thunder Bears (Baseball, MLB)
Minor league in metro.....
Fairhaven Zephers (Hockey)
Wildwood Reds (Baseball)
Note: If you are ever in the central north Upper Peninsula of Michigan, there is a real Laughing Whitefish River and a Laughing Whitefish Falls. There used to be a tavern called The Laughing Whitefish, with a great logo sign out front that my mind sees as the logo for De Noc's hockey club. That bar is closed, to the best of my knowledge.
I was just reading older “De Noc” post. You may have addressed this in the past and I may have missed it. What was the process, agreement and negotiation with the city of Charlotte (NC) in the changing of both of your NBA teams names? Charlotte’s is now known as the Bobcats (2004-2005 season). Also, I didn’t happen to catch what De Noc’s NBA teams new name was. Are they still playing?;-)
The only problem that I am aware of for bidding on the Winter Games is that there are no hills anywhere in the Midwest (USA or Canada) that are high enough for the Downhill and Giant Slalom (1 km minimum vertical drop), Whiteface Mountain near Lake Placid, NY just barely makes that cut and in fact, a small mound had to be installed on its top to allow for a high enough starting house in 1980. If not for that one minor detail, Da YuPee would be an *IDEAL* place for the Olympics. LOTS of snow and except for a bobsled/luge/skeleton run, ALL of the other needed venues are already there or exist close nearby. IIRC, the highest vertical drop on any ski hill in the Midwest is between 300 and 400 meters.As this Bear has explained in prrevious De Noc posts, I have a project list that is quite extensive. That list includes 153 separate projects. 99 of those projects are part of 20 "major" focus projects. Here are a few of the projects that are on my short-term timetable.....
11A - Finalize postal zones and establish zip codes
14C - Determine extent of retail in the corridors of SkyTube (pedestrian walkways in downtown district)
15B - Determine demographics & retail, commercial influence of neighborhoods near transit stations (Monorail, DNTS)
19C & 19D - Redraw the plats that now show a pair of small "executive-type" airports, now closed. Developers standing by!
21A - Water treatment plant updates, pumping station additions
26H - De Noc Regional Waterfront Partnership (mentioned in previous post)
27B - Update industrial listings, to show the numerous plant closings
32 - Continue to dot the landscape with microwave transmission towers
34B - Gather traffic counts on main highways and some specific highways that have heavier-than-planned traffic counts
74 - Determine bed count for hotels/motels in the metro. A bid for the Winter Olympics may be in the future.
Here comes the year 2008.....and the probable completion of some projects.....and the expected addition of new projects.
Such is life as a planner.
21A - Water treatment plant updates, pumping station additions