Welcome to Golden Bay - home to 340,000 citizens and world class facilities that are used by millions of visitors each year. The city is recognized for its excellence in hosting conventions. The William Feld Convention Center hosts hundreds of conventions and has over a thousand rooms available in the Hotel District with thousands more available in the surrounding area. Transportation is provided by the Golden Bay Transit Authority which operates the bus, train, and subway services. Golden Bay International Airport - the only airport in Fairview - serves the city as well as the Fairview region.
In this edition the neighborhoods of Golden Bay will be explored as well as other highlighted districts.
Not only is Golden Bay known for its convention center and hotels, but it is also a regional hub for government services, hi-tech businesses, and education.
Ten hotels form the hotel district. Previously this land, which made up the central core of the city, was abandoned as citizens and businesses left the downtown for newer developments outside the city. Initially the Golden Bay Redevelopment Authority razed buildings and built hi-rise housing projects. Years later, a new vision emerged and was acted on. The result was the construction of the William Feld Convention Center and adjacent Hotel District. Today, the area around the district is thriving and has brought many new businesses that cater to the center and hotels. Most of the low income hi-rises have been demolished and replaced with open parkland that is shared between the hotels and public.
The Government District is another area where the GBRA transformed a neighborhood in decline into a business success. The project gave the regional government a chance to consolidate its offices and operations into a central area. Once again businesses moved into the area to serve the needs of the government workers. Many law firms have relocated their offices in the district, adding additional height to the Golden Bay skyline.
The Hi-Tech District is located just to the north of the Government District and has dramatically transformed the area. Once home to some of the dirtiest industries in the region, it has evolved into a clean and enviromentally friendly area. These high paying jobs have improved the surrounding residential neighborhood and recently many of the businesses donated $3 million to build a new baseball and soccer fields.
The GBRA has experimented with SCN or Self-contained neighborhoods. They are compact developments that contain residential, commercial, and industrial units. People that live in SCNs are given first priority to jobs. Supporters say that they are enviromentally friendly developments that are more pedestrian accessible than more traditional developments while critics argue that they are unstable because businesses close or move all the time and their presence in the SCNs are not guarenteed. The Highland SCN (pictured above) is the only SCN in the Fairview region.
Perched high on the hill top, Globe Arena is a premier arena used for basketball and gymnastics. This is one of three sporting venues within the city.
Beyond the 5 star hotels and gleaming office towers, there are other areas that have fallen into decline. This neighborhood to the southeast of the convention and hotel district is home to many of the displaced from the GBRA developments. There are plans by the regional government to build a new community college in this area as part of its plan to bring affordable college education to areas around the Fairview region.
This neighborhood is located southeast of the city of Golden Bay. It used to be independent of the city but was later annexed. Due to limited space in the city to build, developers have moved into surrounding neighborhoods to build new hi-rises and businesses:
These new developments have been encouraged by the government to build around existing subway and bus lines to reduce the amount of new cars on area roads. So far they have been successful, but only after promised tax breaks and incentives.
The FD was originally supposed to be what is was named for but it didn't quite follow through as planned. Part of the problem was the increased competition for the financial sector between Golden Bay and Fairview City. Ultimately, Fairview City won much of the sector's business. The FD is home to the Golden Bay Central Train Station and the Golden Bay Suns baseball stadium.
This neighborhood is home to the Golden Bay Sharks hockey arena and team. Fairview's only casino is located here as well.
This neighborhood is one of the first settlements in the Fairview region. Its hilly topography guarantees a breath taking view of the water and Cresent Bridge in the distance.
This picture reminds me alot of Pittsburgh, PA because of the houses built on hills and numerous tunnels.
While Golden Bay is a modern city with a world class reputation, Winston is built on the reputation of grittiness and hard work. I'll leave with a city overview: