Here's some images of the first city I've previewed in my CJ, the one called Lindin City(LC). It was 2nd city that I actually started working on in the region of Pretoria. LC is located in the middle east
borough of Pretoria. Thankfully its nothing like that
middle east. This one is just your typical suburban paradise, or wasteland, depending on your point of view.
Location of Lindin City(highlighted in red) and the borough's:
Downtown LC is served directly from the west & south by highway 702 and from the east by highways 705 & 707. The core is also served by the commuter rail service Fastraxx.
The Lindin City station, Fastraxx LC,
is located on the combined L(Loop) & ME(Middle East) lines.
The L line
is the elevated viaduct seen cutting through part of the downtown core in the images to come. The line turns southward and goes into a 1.6 km tunnel under Cisco Bay(the water body) before reemerging above ground in the city of Cisco Bay. The ME line
branches off the combined line just east of LC station and it too enters into a tunnel, 1.4 km long, that goes under the neighborhood of Rockcut(in LC) and the Trueno river before reemerging above ground in the city of Emont.
LC station is somewhat unusual in that the station was built directly on top of not only a road but a highway as well(the 707). There is little parking at the station however its not really require since the downtown area is but a 5 minute walk away and frequent bus service is available. Approx. 4,200 passengers use the station during the peak periods, which amounts to a healthy 14.0% mode share. The L line also features all day off-peak service. The ME line however, only operates during the peak periods. And while regional trains also operate on the ME line, they do not stop at the station. Nonetheless LC is still one of the most easily accessible cities in Pretoria.
It won't get into the details or the history of the town any further, since the CJ is a better place for all that stuff. Time for some photos!
Here is the historical downtown mentioned in the preview:
And at night
The downtown's pretty dense for a fairly small city no?
For good measure, here's a list the 10 tallest buildings in the city, ranked by roof height:
Apologies to the metric folks for not including meters
Most important of all... Building heights in Pretoria are measured in two ways; by Roof height and by Pinnacle height(spires, antennas, flag poles, big glowing ball on the top or whatever).
There's none of that architectural height BS
Here's the Fastraxx LC
Overlooking downtown Lindin City is Kalahari peak, the second tallest in the city. Though truth be told its not much of a peak with an elevation of only 536ft(163m). A Global Networks transmitter, the largest broadcaster in the District of Pretoria, is located here. Effective height above average terrain of the transmitter [ground elevation 502ft + structure height 184ft - downtown LC elevation 56ft] is 630ft(192m). There is a private road that leads up to the top that locals love to frequent. Those that make the trek are greeted with a pleasant view of downtown LC and neighboring Cisco Bay.
Global Networks LC transmitter and an adjacent cellular tower:
The tallest point in the city is Drogo peak with an elevation of 545ft(166m).
And here's an interesting feature in this town, the gated community of Livingstone. There's nothing like a little income inequality! While not mansions by any stretch of the imagination, not every community has cobblestone roads, 24-7 mobile & gatehouse security and 10 foot stone walls. A house here will cost you more than twice as much than the going rate anywhere else in the city. Though buyer beware you may have to put up with a a little noise from time to time. Despite years of protest, the Livingstone home owners association has been so far unsuccessful in their righteous
fight to indefinitely ground the air ambulance service flown out of nearby LC General. The poor be damned.
Directly across Jacob st. from the Livingstone gated community is the Earl Reyes memorial park. Posthumously named after the major who served an incredible 5 terms during the boom years of the 1920's and30's Mr. Reyes is widely considered to be the most popular major in the history of any city in the Middle Eastern borough of Pretoria. Obviously the man must of been a great leader to get re-elected 4 times in a row. Either that, or he was quite the shrewd politician. But enough about that, your here to see park right? Well here it is, 14 acres of pristine parkland.
And lastly my favorite object in the entire city.
The Hillsboro transmission substation is a vital piece of infrastructure that is the primary power distribution node for the Middle East borough of Pretoria and maintains system voltages. All 3 hydro corridors cutting through the city lead to & from this location. All lines are 250kV AC, except for the local LC connection which is stepped down to 25kV. The amount of power saved from distribution loses is almost equal to the amount of power used by the city.
The average daily peak period power flow through the station:
Well that's probably enough for tonight