I would like to start things off here by talking about my original city which no longer exists. Recently my wife and I moved to a new home and I had a city going in my old basement. I had a lot less space there than I do now, so the city was much smaller. At the time I had only been thinking about creating a website to document all of this, so I took some pictures of the city just before I started dismantling it to move to the new house. So the photos in this post are basically my old city's final state. I took them with the intention of eventually using them for something like this, but got very busy prior to move. Things have finally settled down, so now it's time to start writing.
A quick note about space: my old basement was a good sized finished room. However it was not 100% dedicated to my Lego hobby. We also used that finished space for entertainment space (TV, video games, hanging out, etc.), so I only got to use about half of the room. In our new home we have moved all the entertainment stuff to the main floor, so the basement (other than the storage areas) is "mine" to use to indulge my Lego hobby. We'll get to the new space however in the next post, this post is all about the past.