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FlashForward 5: Chinatown and the Port



Today's update isn't as glamorous or spectacular as the last one (then again, that university is a tough act to follow). However, even though the areas it features are more mundane than the university, they're still important parts of the city. Let's dive in, shall we?


Like the previous version, Nyhaven 3.0 has a variety of ethnic neighborhoods, owing to the city's status as Lower Columbia's greatest engine of prosperity. Chinatown is just one of those neighborhoods. Located along 24th Street, it's served by the Ebenezer Line of the Nyhaven MetroRail, which gives it excellent access to the major employment centers in Midtown and near the Convention Center.


Historically, however, most of Chinatown's residents took the ferry at the end of 24th Street to their jobs across the river. Ferries are still a popular way to get across the mighty Columbia in Nyhaven, despite the increasing number of bridges and tunnels crossing the river.


Those ferries take their passengers here, to the Port of Nyhaven. Although it's smaller than it used to be (you might remember that Sporthaven, which we looked at last month, was built on an abandoned part of the port), it still serves all cargo ships heading upriver, since the big container ships draw too much water to sail farther inland (the river isn't deep enough for them). In addition, many of the city's factories are still located near the port, making the port area an employment center that rivals downtown Nyhaven in size.


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Thanks! I took your advice and downloaded an Asian street market set; while I haven't plopped it in Chinatown yet, it's already making an appearance in another neighborhood in the next entry. :)

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