'What was' and 'What could have been'

Posted by Yuanls on 5 June 2017 in English (English)

Does anyone else wonder what a particular place had/had not been constructed would look like? Sort of like 'alternate history'. Or how a place looked in the past. I covered the latter of the two some time ago in a previous diary entry of mine. Initially it was a one-off project but I'm considering doing more of these in the future.

Here's my current work, which is an alternate scenario when a primary road had been built through a gap I left in the work I did. It was intended to form a a part of Glaster's road building project of the late 1970s and early 80s, which left many roads and projects unfinished. Hence this gap has remained unfilled. The picture on the left is what it looks like now, compared to what it may have looked like had it been built. Has anybody else thought of doing this kind of thing or is it just me only?

Comment from Ernestpcosby on 6 June 2017 at 05:00

I've thought of it but I don't think I've ever gotten to doing it. Nice to see it in a way I can visualize!

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Comment from Alessa on 6 June 2017 at 16:21

It's a fascinating dichotomy, Yuanls. I've been wondering about the lack of completion idea for a while now. I think we inadvertently make "idealized" areas with the most complete infrastructure or aiming or all possible amenities. I try to build incompleteness into my mapping at times for this very reason. What if funding ran out, NIMBYs protested a project, or some other issue arose that caused a project to be canceled or only partially done? That's why I think this is fascinating. The gap in the network you show isn't too egregious, but it's a subtle reminder of what you said happened to Glaster's economy after the Ingerish stopped propping it up. Great idea!

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Comment from No Way on 6 June 2017 at 17:07

I was actually thinking of doing something like this with a city in Commonia and one in Freedemia.

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Comment from kingfries on 6 June 2017 at 17:59

The best real life example is belgium IMHO. Just take a look at how many abandoned projects there are. Was it Antwerpen where they literally build entire Metro lines and then never opened them? Anyways great place to get Inspiration from.

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