I've been planning to post this for some time now but only today have I been satisfied with the quantity of what I've built.
Background stuff (Skippable if you don't want to read)
I decided not to start with an area 'in the middle of nowhere' because I prefer to work towards a certain goal and not expand outwards indefinitely, with no end in sight. Naturally for me, the place to start was Plowford, a town I have been working on for around a month now. The area I worked on was rather small compared to the scale I normally used. I've somehow decided to go beyond bare streets and instead map out every individual building and landuse in the area I was working on, which can be found here.
When the new challenge was announced I was slightly hesitant at first to deviate from suburban Plowford out of the fear that a rural landscape may have turned out similar to my botched attempt at mapping the countryside surrounding Harcourt (you'll need to zoom in). After seeing multiple users post high quality work this month I decided to give it a try and see how much I have improved after my mapping of Harcourt.
I chose Northern Plowford , not a truly rural environment but rather a location that is touches and overlaps the rural-urban fringe. I adapted my small-scale approach I used for southern suburban Plowford. and mapped in the north of the town in the same fashion. In my opinion, I think zoom level=16 is the optimum scale to view my work, as it gives an appropriate level of detail without having to scroll around too much. I've attempted to go into the geographical history of the place, an aspect of mapping I like to do.
Points of interest: (Best viewed at zoom 16)
- There is a junction that has obliterated the old road system surrounding it here (I would number the houses but I haven't mapped anywhere else yet).
- Decton Old Road by the new Decton Road and a retail park on the rural-urban fringe. I have left some facilities blank for foreign companies so tell me below where you want a slot.
- Diverted roads and cut off hedges
Have a look and tell me if or where I can make any improvements!