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Drastic changes to the capital of Bromley

Posted by KTheBritMC on 19 June 2020 in English (English)

Hello if you're reading this!

I'm still getting the grasp of this diary system, I don't post much in here lol

So then...

I acquired my country, Former Unionist Colony of Bromley in early spring (?) and I wanted an island territory, however they were in demand so I decided to settle for a mainland territory.

The problem is, the country that I got was already mapped in by an inactive user. Therefore, there was a lot of mapping which I did not like:

-The names of the places -The road references -The town layouts -The drastic change between European styled and American styled towns -The landscape

I've been on a mission since this time to paint this country in the way that I want it, with it being inspired by a British layout.

Bromley City, the capital, has been a massive challenge. The city is on a peninsula so it's quite awkward to draw but I prefer it in this place. The only thing I do not like is the road layout that was used. The layout is not creative AT ALL and is just blocks identical to each other. I didn't mind it at first but now I'm working hard to redraw the entire city.

So why this entry? I'm looking for suggestions for my city, have a look at it (I'll link it below) and let me know before I draw over it so I have no space to draw important buildings.

I'm wondering whether to widen the city because I think it might actually be too small.

I will also link the wiki article to my country so you can get some context.

Thank you!!!

Location: -36.054, 45.721

Comment from sōTo on 20 June 2020 at 05:24

I think your capital city is very good! Although, I think the change between the downtown and the suburbs is a bit too drastic. But if it is a smaller capital city, I think it's fine!

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Comment from Yuanls on 20 June 2020 at 13:46

In general, the spacing of the roads is all to scale. Keep this road pattern, or at least map according that scale. You might want to delete every other road in Princer View and Little Mecyna though, as the roads are a bit crammed in there. Conversely, you can perhaps increase road density in Westgate City Park. It's a little bit too dispersed there.

All those dual carriageways tagged as primary roads in Bromley city centre - single them. Generally British dual carriageways in city centres were built in the 20th century, and so were inorganic and planned. British roads also tend to be less straight than what Bromley has right now.

You only really need one road bridge, rather than two going north crossing the river. It'd be better to delete a bridge and join up the roads at a junction on the north bank. Downscale the size of the grade-separated junctions too.

Reduce the scale of stadium and the parliament building. They're both too large right now.

Remove the urban section of the Battersea bypass motorway. You don't get many motorways in the centres of British cities, and when they do exist they either serve as a ring road or an artery road. Dual carriageways are also narrower than what is currently mapped (check the OGF scale helper).

Straighten the railways - at the moment the railways curve sharply for no visible reason near Rochester, south of Princer View and at Jaywick. Railway curves are larger and more deliberate in real life

For reference, check the OGF scale helper. It provides as a good comparison tool to assess the structure and scale of mapping.

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Comment from KTheBritMC on 20 June 2020 at 21:02

Thank you so much for your help!

I'll get to work with that.

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Comment from Portopolis on 27 June 2020 at 00:25

I'm sure someone has also mentioned this but it might be a good idea, to come up with some of your own original British names rather than using popular neighborhoods and towns in the U.K. It's a good thing to research the etymology of some of the neighborhoods whose names you've used like Battersea, and come up with your own interesting name with it's own interesting history to give your map and neighborhoods more flavour.

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