My seaside village has undergone some improvments. Here is the former incarnation of the downtown
Below is the new version, from NILTC's Layout at the Barrington Illinois' Public Library)
Seeking to expand, the residents formally incorporated, choosing the stately name of "Brickington" in the hopes of encouraging more tourism. We'll come back to the downtown, but for now let's start at the southern edge of the village.
Here is Brickington pictured from the south. In the far right is part of the windmill. Built by Pepa Quin, this structure is only temporary, as he has refused to incorporate into Brickington. It has already been "removed" to make way for future expansions of Brickington.
A frontal view of the house:
next door, and up a small hill is the home of a friendly, but somewhat reclusive hunter. His son and fiance have just stopped by, and his father is in the woods hunting.
Next up are the green and yellow houses
From the rear, who is that young man in brown waving to?
of course, it's his neighbor's daughter, the girl next door. Ah, summer romance...
Moving further down. Citing the rising price of rent, the surf shop has purchased space above an industrial building just inland of their former location.
In it's new corner address, Tomaselli's Sicillian is even more successfull than before. The red mansion formerly located at the far south end has been recreated in the downtown area, with a comercial space underneath. Next door is creepy Jimmy's "Gift Island", and a stack of small rentable condo's for the vacationer that likes to be right in middle of the action.
Now incorporated as a town, the citizens have recognized the need for a constabulary, and have erected a fine new police station right next to Lee's Cantonese dining. Also, clearly visble are new curbs, erected after popular outcry in town (and at eurobricks) regarding the possiblity of cars accidentaly driving or rolling into the ocean.
One area that hasn't changed much is the north corner of Brickton, the same stately greystone, industrial/condo building, and the Double-Shark Bar and Seafood restaurant. Visible here is the new wider boardwalk.
Finally we round the corner, and our journey has come to an end.
Things are happening behind the scenes...
Some n'er-do-wells congregate around a suitcase in the alley.
At the other end of the alley, public works is slowly disposing of some hardware left behind by lazy members of the the Northern Illinois LEGO Train Club.
Suddenly, realizing that they are being observed by a supervisor, they spring into action!
Lastly, surrounded by sharks, on an island just north west of Brickington, an escaped fellon bides his time...
Thanks for visiting scenic Brickington. The Brickington planning comission has approved plans for an expanded marina downtown, and a separate seaplane facility at the south end, so please come back to visit soon.
Suggestions for improvement, comments, etc are appreciated.
More pics, available here after moderation. http://www.brickshel...ry.cgi?f=332409
Earlier pics, including in progress, detailed shots of "gift Island", and the blue and white condo building. are available here:
Construction on the above mentioned expansion slated to begin mid-late august.
Edited by Phred, 19 January 2012 - 05:20 AM.