As my larger neighbour city, Nuevo Espiritu, was a ghost town of less than half a dozen of roads until now, I have taken up plans to adopt the area. If any user feels it was or is 'his' turf, please say so - there was no development for over 6 months, so I took the liberty...
I started by giving Nuevo Espiritu a well-deserved train station, and then a station square, and then a small tram line which grew into a somewhat larger tram line and... You probably all know all too well where that ends. So in the end I will 'do' the whole area, and do it as good as I can.
'Old' Espiritu, the small settlement on the eastern cape, is supposed to have grown around the old castle, conveniently commandeering the entry to the bay. It is supposed to be your ancient village, small streets and alleyways, probably good tourism potential. I have thrown in a pair of nice beaches for the locals.
Nuevo Espiritu, connected to the old village by tram line T11, has grown into a medium-sized harbour city, thanks to a protected site in the bay. (lagoon ?) It has good potential for a lot of interesting stuff. I have given it 2 tram lines already, next comes the harbour area and detailing of the city center. Later the suburbs will follow (relatively dull work). In the end I might give it a small airport at the western part of town.
One question about tramway planning: I have seen that in 2 of the largest transit systems (Kaiwoon and Latina) the tram tracks are mostly laid besides the road in what looks to be on the sidewalk / pavement. I there a reason for this ? I have - so far - put the tracks either in the street itself (traditional street track) or on reservation in the median strip of larger two-lane boulevards or besides the road. That looked more prototypical to me.
Any idea's / suggestions wellcome.
p.s. Does anybody know why my 'new' eastern neighbour, Arancia, has no railway station ? No, I'm not planning to touch it, it's nice and someone else's - but it just is strange for a city that size.