Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A Brief Tour of Grimm City

Yesterday I published the completed Grimm City overview map and today I'd like to briefly describe each of the highlighted districts and neighborhoods and some of the other points of interest.

Welcome to Grimm City, a fictional metropolis located somewhere on the Atlantic seaboard between Baltimore and Boston.

DISTRICTS AND NEIGHBORHOODS
  • DOWNTOWN: The area known today as Downtown is in fact the oldest section of Grimm City (Jeremiah Grimm founded the original settlement here in the 17th century) with major business and financial districts in the north, and more residential neighborhoods in the south (Little Sicily, Chinatown and Cottage Gardens - Grimm City's equivalent to New York's Greenwich Village). It is also the center of local government and City Hall, Police Headquarters, and federal, state and local courthouses are all located here as well. Historic Fort Triton Park, built during the Revolutionary War to guard the entrance to the Triton River along with its sister Fort Charles across the river in Edgebrook, is located on the northern shore.
  • MIDTOWN TRIANGLE: This area consists of mostly office towers and a few highrise residence buildings, as well as the Fashion District, Silicon Alley and lots of shopping and high-end department stores. The Grimm Tower building, built in 1930 and at one time the world's largest skyscraper, is located here.
  • UPTOWN: Uptown is mostly a residential district, the home to many apartment buildings and a few brownstone neighborhoods as well. The wealthiest residents of Uptown tend to live close by to Foley Park.
  • SOUTHSIDE: Southside is home to some of the poorest inhabitants of Grimm City. Often referred to as "The Slums" by the rest of Grimm City, it is made up of many government housing projects and has a very high crime rate. It is a very dangerous place to be at night, and even in the daytime if you aren't a resident. Still, there are a lot of good people living there who are doing the best they can in their circumstances to turn the area around.
  • RIVERSIDE: Riverside is one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in all of Grimm City. There are many luxurious townhouses and brownstones in the area, as well as the city's best private schools. Colwick Mansion (the Mayor's residence) is located here as well as prestigious Old Ivy University and the sylvan oasis that is Riverside Park.
  • THE DOCKS AND WAREHOUSE DISTRICT: Situated along Gull Harbor, this area is a bustling center of activity by day and becomes a deserted, dangerous and seedy destination by night. Still, there are a few dive bars, nightclubs and after hours venues in the area for the more daring...
  • EDGEBROOK: Visitors have often compared Edgebrook to the borough of Brooklyn in New York City. It is mostly composed of neighborhoods of young professionals and hipsters, many of whom aren't originally from Grimm City, as well as the small businesses that cater to them. Many of the older neighborhoods that were centered around common immigrant ethnicities are now shadows of their former selves, absorbed by the gentrification of modern urban living. 
  • NORTHSIDE: If Edgebrook is the Brooklyn of Grimm City, then Northside is its Queens. It includes many working class blue collar neighborhoods, factories and auto dealerships, and a few ultra-hipsters looking for the next Edgebrook.
  • CLIFFSIDE HEIGHTS: Like Riverside, Cliffside Heights is a very exclusive well-to-do neighborhood. In contrast to the closely packed townhouses of Riverside, here you will find stoic mansions and stately manors on spacious grounds, including that lonely old estate on the edge of a cliff where that mad super-villain scientist always seems to live...
THE ISLANDS
  • VIGILANCE ISLAND: Mostly vacant, there is a small monument park to the site where the Adamant first set ground in 1682 located here. Formerly known as Stormwatch Island, it was renamed to Vigilance Island after Hurricane Olga devastated Grimm City in the summer of 1928 in honor of the city's renewed commitment to readiness and preparedness in the face of adversity. 
  • STOCKADE ISLAND: Stockade Island has historically always been used as a prison garrison during wars and peacetime. Today it is home to the City's Department of Corrections prison facilities and the southern portion of the island serves as the city dump.
  • RAVENSWOOD ISLAND: Reachable only by subway, this island is home to the Ravenswood Asylum, a mental health facility built over 100 years ago.
  • POWER ISLAND: Originally called Warlock Island, it was renamed to Power Island in 1977 when a nuclear power plant was completed on its northern tip. Power Island supplies Grimm City with all its energy needs.
  • HARPER ISLAND: Reachable only by the famous ferry that bears its name, Harper Island is a small, isolated community that is really just a part of Grimm City in name only. While some residents do work in the City proper, most of the insular residents are simple fishermen as their fathers before them were for generations.
POINTS OF INTEREST
  • HARBOR BRIDGE: Built in 1889 in the same style and era as the Brooklyn Bridge, Harbor Bridge has connected generations of Grimm City residents going to and from Downtown and Edgebrook. It provides service to vehicle, subway train and pedestrian traffic.
  • NORTH RIVER BRIDGE: Built in 1955 as part of the Interstate 76 federal infrastructure construction project, North River Bridge connects Uptown to Northside. As the population and traffic have increased exponentially since then, a second  neighboring span is currently in the planning stages to provide some traffic congestion relief.
  • FOLEY PARK: Located in the heart of Grimm City between Uptown and the Midtown Triangle, Foley Park is as beautiful as it is spacious. Park Avenue on the west side of Foley Park is home to some of the wealthiest residents in Grimm City who enjoy apartments and penthouses with spectacular views of the park below. East Avenue on the other side of the park is home to many museums, theaters and other arts and cultural organizations. Many five star hotels and restaurants line the south end of the park, and brownstone buildings and a medical hospital sit across from the northern border.
I hope you enjoyed this brief tour of Grimm City. In the coming weeks, I'll be detailing these areas more and populating them with some dynamic people and organizations to bring it all to life. Thanks for reading!

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