Anyway, I took a lot of piccies, an I felt like sharing them. So here they are! Click any of them to see way bigger versions.
The area is situated on the Sansara continent, up in the same area as the city regions of Nova Albion, the suburbia that is Shermerville, and a sim or two from the Luna Oaks mall. The Ahern Welcome Area is also a hop, skip, and jump from the entrance to Bay City. This whole area is one of my favorite bits of old mainland.
To get there, go to http://slurl.com/secondlife/Barcola/2
Across the rest of the bridge is Bay City. It is fairly empty now, as land does not go on sale for a week or so. Still, there are some Linden-owned and mole-created builds that are great.
First, there are channels throughout the city, criss-crossed by drawbridges serving the roads through the city. There's a trolley though town as well as a water trolley on the river. A balloon tour is also available from high over Bay City.
You'll find a theatre, a cafe, and a bowling alley, as well as a few cool buildings (a whole shipping dock area as well as a nice beach, airship mooring, and lighthouse!) along the water front. Also worth finding are the archelogical dig (with a very cool little labryrinth) and the mad scientists' lab. There's also park land with decorative scultures, gazebos and bandshells.
Overall, it's really pretty. I can't wait to see what sort of city springs out of it. I *hope* the folks who end up buying land do so more for themselves, and not to cut plots into stupid ad farms. I can dream.