Just like any other city, Abbott City's hub of business, living, and skyscrapers is the downtown area. The Downtown area is modeled greatly after Chicago, to the point where I am planning a coastal park on vital real estate. A unique aspect of Downtown Abbott City, though, is the fact that it is quite far above sea level, whereas areas such as Abbott Park and the Gold Coast are a mere 20 ft. above sea level; when Abbott City was 3 separate towns, the rich and busy areas were built on the plateau-hill, which was later spread out into what locals call "The Hill," or "the Slab." It's the most important transportation hub in the Abbott Metro as well, with all 3 highway branches running through, (North, West, South) the various commuter train lines ending/starting on or near the Hill, as well as miscellaneous other transportation networks that link in Downtown, like the Abbott Cab Co., AMBus, and SkyTrain.
Technically administered as a township, Downtown Abbott City hosts the most amount of high rises in the metropolitan area, with the Financial district trailing in second. Downtown urban planners pride themselves on protecting land for parks and recreational areas, rather than strictly for business towers, apartments, and retail locations.
The Downtown development so far:
What you see here is the Club District. This small section of Downtown Abbott is reminiscent of the old world-societies that captains of industry such as J.P. Morgan and William K. Vanderbilt built to gather and socialize. These Gentleman's Clubs (no, not those gentleman's clubs) were and are often very prestigious and exclusive, requiring specific tasks or prerequisites before joining. This district is home to the first in Abbott County, the Atlantica Club; funded and founded by William G. Abbott himself, the Atlantica Club was initially a club open only to industrialists and politicians in the "Big 3" towns. (the three towns that made up early Abbott County- Bakersville, Abbott Park, and Norton) Today, the district is home not only to clubs such as the Atlantica Club and the Columbia Club, but also clubs such as Moonlighters, Neon Nights, (strip clubs) Tirana's, GreyCube, and TranceCastle. (dance clubs)
Just South of the Club District lies the neighborhood of Winier Park. Winier Park Green is a favored recreational spot for business workers and day-trippers alike. The Green features relaxing, soft grass, shady trees, and the Winier Pond for wading; residences in the apartments of Winier Park often enjoy picnics and parties in the park during summer days. Just East of the green is Excelsior Pillar, also known as the Robert J. Winier Monument; Winier was the organizer of the first Catholic parish in Abbott County, as well as a dear friend of the Abbott Family. Further East of the Pillar is the Notery Fish Pond, with a land bridge in the middle; for a small fee, local recreational anglers can pass the time catching the variety of fish stocked in this pond. (you must throw them back, though )
South of the park Green is the residential area of the Winier Park neighborhood. While the facades are somewhat worn, beneath the brick and mortar lie exquisite modern apartments, often with commercial or retail stores on the bottom two floors. From this angle, you can see R.J. Winier Memorial Hospital, as well as the Winier Park Garage; the garage is free for use by residents of Winier Park, however guests must pay a fee of $10. This residential neighborhood's borders lie just to the right and to the bottom of the block, leaving both the condo tower block and mid rise commercial building block outside of the Winier Park boundaries. (more detailed map to come)
This block is known as Rockwood Plaza, named after the blue mid rise located on the Northern side, which is named Rockwood Plaza. 1 Rockwood Plaza houses United Bank Corp, Swiss Gear, Comcast, and WTRX 98.3 "T-Rex Radio" offices. 2 Rockwood Plaza, just south of 1 Rockwood Plaza, is also known as the Givarian Hotel and Office Tower, owned by Givarian Real Estate, and occupied by Givarian Real Estate, Greenwood Logistics, and Dreamhouse Hotels. 3, 4, and 5 Rockwood Plaza are middle class apartment and resale buildings, and are not usually affiliated with Rockwood Plaza, more commonly known as 380, 382, and 384 Abbott Ave. 6 Rockwood Plaza houses Genesis Financing, Law offices of Newburg, Stiles, and Qwan, and an Uva Shoe Design studio.
Perot Center is named after Steven Perot, media magnate and owner of Perot Condos Assoc., which owns the Gold Horizon Condos tower, located here on the East of Perot Center's block. This is an incredibly dense block, with retail and apartment space utilization on both the street side as well as the inner areas of the block; key buildings on this block include PS 11 elementary school, Gold Horizon Condos, the Perot Parking gatehouse, and Perot Center Arby's.
Here, you can see the Abbott Metro Highway Hub, showing the Western United Tollway (after the Abbott-Waverly Junction, [W+SW Hwy's] form one highway to connect to hub) sharing interchanges with which will lead to the Lordtown Tollway in the South and the Greenbelt Expressway in the north.
This shows the LaSalle Street Exit (right side of Highway) from the Greenbelt Expwy.; also visible is the N Greenwich Dr. and S Greenwich Dr. exits.
This is Abbott City Hall. Built in 1927 after the three towns joined together to form the Abbott Metro, Abbott City Hall houses the offices of the Mayor, several of his aides, a museum, meeting hall/press center, as well as Abbott County offices and the offices of Fire, Police, and Rescue (FPR) Chiefs. There are entrances on either side, with the main entrance being the one with the statue of Willima G. Abbott in front. The other side features a cobblestone road for easy and safe access when dropping of politicians, dignitaries, lawmakers, and for holding front-steps press releases.