For those of you who are interested in playing around with environment mods yourself, Badman Mike has created a video tutorial you can find here: GTA SA Environment Modding Tutorial that covers the subject. Remember — all objects in these mods must be non-collision so you can pass through the objects on foot/in car as they are not solid. There's also this guide by Badman Mike that you should take a look at if you're giving it a go: TRUE vertex colour and dynamic lighting.
Hard server mapping is something that we can certainly look at to create more of these role-play hubs around the city that are loaded for everyone upon connection to the server. There's certainly some good inspiration here, and we can look at adding in some outstanding exterior mapping projects as well as potentially adding in some non-intrusive areas like parks and recreational zones (such as below). Any super personalised mapping (signs, custom textures, custom objects, etc) would have to be added to your game in the same way as these environment mods, but it would be good to add a baseline that everyone can see and interact with regardless of their installed environment modifications.
If any content creators feel like their work should be showcased here, feel free to send me a message and I'll consider adding it to the post with the other content below so people can take a look here. My only request is that if you're going to suggest one, make sure it's an environment pack that covers an actual area like the ones below.
Feel free to check out the modification packs below — I recommend taking a look at them:
Thanks for reading,