********* State Of The City ******** Markland Woods just celebrated its fiftieth birthday and has grown from a quiet group of villages to a city of 86,000 people. Growth has been mostly in the Pimento Beach area as most of the residents living in Pimento Beach commute to nearby Milliken Mills, the unincorporated township to the West, to work. As with any growing city; certain types of growing pains begin to show through and need to be corrected. Markland Woods is suffering from a capacity issue with its roads and streets. There have been proposals to build a highway between Markland Woods and Millikan Mills. However, these proposals are stalled as the Dukedom government is deciding on plans for a unified national highway system to move people and goods throughout the area.
Markland Woods has seen steady growth of both low income and high income residents over the last ten years. The only unfortunate aspect of the growth of Markland Woods is the city seems to take on the appearance of a 'Grid Iron' city as farmlands are annexed for urban growth.
Markland Woods was asked by residents to build a unified cemetery for the citizens of the Dynamo Dukedom. Land was set aside at the intersection of Stone Temple Avenue and Pilots Street. This cemetery should provide ample space for the departed to rest.
Construction has begun on a new rail viaduct on Stone Temple Avenue. This rail viaduct will allow uninterrupted travel for motorists along the busy street. Construction of the viaduct should be completed in the next two years.
With a Commitment to reduce waste and pollution in Markland Woods, city council agreed to use the 'Can't someone else do it' strategy for management of solid waste. The city has decided to contract the Occidental Waste Management Corporation to remove and process all solid waste from Markland Woods. Waste is transported, by rail, to a waste incinerator located in the unincorporated village of Markland Port. This strategy removes solid waste from Markland Woods as well as pollution and odors from the city.
Dan Leckie Memorial Hospital was expanded to meet the growing demands of the city. The hospital can support up to 6,000 patients and has specialized marine health services for people injured on the beach or out in the open water. Streetcar service has also officially started along two of the busy streets in Markland Woods. The Fairfax LRT and Beachside LRT provide frequent service along their respective routes. Both routes use the streetcar loop that was built on the former DEC gas fired generator facility ‘Denki-Electrics One.’ The LRT provides seamless connections with the Markland Woods Bus Service as well as connections into Millikan Mills. There is discussion of the possibility of merging the bus service and streetcar service into one transportation commission.