When the millennium shifted in 2001, Saturnia was ready for a new era to begin, for itself and its people. 2001 and 2002 were calm years in Saturnia, with no major change happening to the city.
In 2003, the Saturnia Rings hockey team moved into the Toyota Center, as adverstised on its roof. It is the second largest stadium in the city by space taken up, even beating classic Stars and Riverside Stadiums.
Speaking of stadiums, GoTech Stadium was opened in the suburbs, taking the title of the largest in the area. With 75,000 seats, it is one of the largest in the nation.
In 2003 the Majesty Theater burned to the ground. It was replaced by the Merrit Center for Preforming Arts, which has been a major venue since.
In 2004, the Saturnia Museum of Modern Art was opened, serving as a work of Modern Art itself.
Life in the 21st century was more centered around technological improvements. With more advances cars, computers, phones, and other devices, the business world has greatly benefitted from these advancements.
But with a growing business world, Saturnia International Airport did not benefit much. It was overcrowded, in planes and people. Parking was near impossible. Big industrial trucks move around all the time. The elevated train lines didn't have much effect on transit. The noise disrupted nearby residences. So the demoltion of an old suburban industrial town on its last legs began, and the new airport was started. Construction began in 2006 and is expected to finish in 2014.
In 2012, the Mercy General Hosptial was completed, controversial in design, with a futuristic design and proximity to the old gothic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
After all these events; progress and riots; peacetime and war; development and destruction; this story that started in 1687 now brings us to the present day.
Thursday, July 10, 2014.