In designing the new town (and the new tables) we are going to have a much larger airport/shuttle launching complex. To better explain our design ideas, We've pulled out some pictures from the previous versions of the town as we explore the possibilities...
If you haven't already, refresh your memory of how the town looked just prior to be boxed up by watching the 2011 Tour. To avoid repeating the mistake of that town (having the neighborhood backed up against the runways) we're planning to put the airport on a dedicated level on one of the new tables. The layout will be much more in keeping with how the airport was constructed in the days before the tables, which are pictured below and can also be seen in the 2007 Tour.
Historical Airport. Incidentally, the structure on the blue plate was an oil rig complete with a helipad. In this picture it appears the police have landed there for some reason.
The solution, of course, was to change the orientation of the runways. We opted to run both of the runways toward the room doorway (which can be seen in the picture on the right) so that the post office employees wouldn't get so stressed out. In fact, we also changed the location of just about everything else-- with the police station rotated and the car repair shop moving closer to the airport to make a more "industrial" feel to that end of town.This is an idea we are strongly considering for the new town, to make the major industries of the Bricksburgh clustered near the airport. With the addition of the cargo terminal this would seem to make sense. However, there is something to be said for deliberately "mis-locating" businesses so that you can then have an excuse to drive the trucks through town and otherwise create a little commotion now and then.
So those are a few of the major issues concerning where the airport goes. If you'd like to see the airport as it looked in the past, the videos below will show you the "floor layout" from 2008 and the final version of it in 2011 shortly before the table was dismantled.
2008 Airport Tour
2011 Airport Tour
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