I must apologize for a very long absence from my CJ after only two postings. I would like to take a brief detour from the story line and show you the city next door to Radiant (the home of Ryan Falk and the setting of City Noir). That city is Bastion.
Bastion (Area 2) sits on the southwest edge of Radiant (Area 1). Originally, it was merely a carelessly built city smeared over a large tile set simply to serve the needs of Radiant for jobs and neighbor connections. (Sorry no picture of the original) Now it has been, and is being, completely redone. Only about 5% of the original city, including transportation networks, still remains. The rest is being remade as a 1930s - 50s era suburban neighborhood, a high tech zone (which will include more vintage looking HT buildings if I feel really ambitious), a small industrial zone, and a rural country side on the opposite bank of the inlet. Today we'll be focusing on the area bounded by the blue box which is the newly completed residential zone and town center of bastion.
Lets start with the demarcation point between the outskirts of Radiant (the edge of which is actually a part of the city of Bastion) and the sprawl of homes: a billboard welcoming visitors and reminding them to keep their Cadillacs and Fords at a reasonable speed.
The neighborhoods are set on wide streets which run from Radiant to the coast.
There's plenty of space for curbside parking, lots of trees, and almost the entire area is serviced by the Radiant City Tram Network. That means that residents send their children to school on the green car for a nickle.
Students who wish to avoid the packed urban universities in Radiant can attend Holly Hill College on Allison Street.
They can also get to church easily on Sunday morning.
Bastion residents also enjoy spending their weekends at one of the two ballparks currently in Bastion. Use of these city parks has been so high that the city is voting on building another next year.
Families and couples also enjoy seeing the cost at the cliff top boardwalk in the town center at the south end of the peninsula.
Later they can visit the small farmers market or go to the beach at Rock Point.
Some families own houses on the coast and others visit the shoreline woodlands just for a breather or a weekend camping trip.
Of course, the people of Bastion know how to work hard too. Most people work in Radiant or in the large industrial district west of the city. To get to their jobs they can drive, take the Green Car, or take the train from downtown Bastion.
They can also board their trains from one of the many rail stations that dot the rail viaduct network running through the neighborhoods.
I hope you've enjoyed this trip through the tree lined neighborhoods of Bastion.