Causality and Consequences
Areas of Interest
One of two main arteries for the city, the docks provide a source on income and work, predicated on ironclad exclusivity contracts that have, in turn, actually ruined more than one shipping company. Those that still operate through Isidis are among the ones that are big enough to absorb the loss… Usually through less than savory means.
The recent loss of the head of the Colombian cartel has led to a vacuum that no one seems willing to fill, and has driven the Colombians underground and out of sight. The Russians and Italians aren’t stepping up, and the other gangs in the area seem unwilling to step over the mobs. All in all, the area is tense, balanced on a knife edge and waiting for the spark to blow everything up.
A recent shift in the Russian’s structure has helped keep things out of balance, but factions are definitely allocating resources into the Docks now.
Sub-District: Warehouse Village
An art district made from renovated warehouses near the downtown apartment area, many of the residents are squatters or straight up homeless. Once the sun sets, the sound from raves in the abandoned warehouses is not only endless but multiform. The question isn’t where is the party, but what party are you going to? If the cops raid its more for practice, and fairly frequently at that, what with the plethora of opportunities. Statues, metalwork, pottery, graffiti, murals on canvas, and all other arts can be seen just about anywhere you look. While the district has no legitimacy as a whole, a recent celebration of the various arts present has brought the understanding to various powers that the district cannot be ignored, and brought it to the forefront of political discussions. Opinions range from the necessity of culture to the vile nature of sin and depravity that exists there.
A (lower) middle-class residential district between the downtown areas and the nature preserves and farms outside of town. The area is filled predominately with little, individualized (eccentric) houses, owned by the various families that live there. Many of them are retired, in some fashion or another, and the district is majority people that don’t work, through whatever means. They are warm, friendly, and all-in-all, very attentive to the world around them and the coming and goings of their neighbors. Strangers are not treated with hostility, but extremely attentively.
The small hills that look over the city and surrounding lands are home to the houses of the powerful and the elite. The district is small in population, but represents the who’s who of Isidis. Most of the houses are walled and gated, with plenty of security to verify who comes in and out and why. While Ember Hill Manor is nominally part of the district, it is in the minds of all the residents “its own thing”, being a historical monument now. The Catholic monastery rests at the convergence of Ember Hill’s grounds, the University and the Hills.
Sub-District: The Flats
Named for the small area of relatively flat land surrounding the base of The Hills on the downtown side, the area has become a haven for housing developers and a cookie-cutter suburb. The Mall lies at the conjunction of the Flats, Hills, Downtown and University Junction. The sub-district is, for the most part, quiet. Many of its inhabitants are upper-middle class families that feel that they’ve finally “made it”. There is some tension with its parent district, however, as The Hills tend to look down on the people that live here, much like feudal samurai looked down on Farmers.
The commercial center of the city, home to the Fergusson Tower, the Consulate, and a few other taller buildings, the Downtown areas also play host to some of the… seedier elements of Isidis. Downtown includes not only the Red Light district but also Suede’s club, several bars, restaurants and storefronts, mostly concerning foods or business goods. No matter where you’re going in Isidis, odds are you’re route takes you through Downtown, which is thusly perpetually congested and almost unnavigable during rush hour. Other routes usually take longer though, and the main avenue between the docks and the freeway runs right through downtown.
A mostly quiet area. The Riverview district covers a weird blend of areas between Downtown and Warehouse Village and represents the encroaching gentrification. The renovated warehouses are both truly renovated and chic, and feature a variety of individualized buildings as well. On the strength of not-necessarily-verified history, much of the city’s leadership refers to this as the “Old Town” district, due to the number of older houses, some in Victorian style, others as relics of more Colonial times, that still remain standing and in good repair.
Sub-District: Business Station
Buffering Downtown from the Ghetto is a collection of public works buildings that cater to all manner of the city’s populace. From St. James hospital to City Hall and Harper Science Conservatory, Business Station is generally where most of the Isidian culture can be found. The dream of several artists, playwrights and even scientists is to have an exhibit or showing at the HSC or the Amethyst Opera House, both the pinnacles of Scientific and Cultural expression within the confines of the city. Several other smaller office areas exist within Business Junction as well, living in the shadows of the greats.
The poorest areas of Isids fall in the economic rain-shadow caused by the flow of wealth up from Riverview, into Downtown and ending at the beating heart of Isidis: Business Station. Several of the people living here used to be immigrants moved into the city from the downturn of agricultural activity outside the city, or failed artists (in the sense of realizing art was not for them but having already wasted four years pursuing it and without the financial or personal motivation to pursue something else). Many work in Downtown or Business Station as janitors, building maintenance or security. Since the destruction of Hawaii though, the population of the Ghetto has swelled with refugee populations, which have locked out a lot of the leisure activities that the district uses.
Listed here for completion: the boundaries of Isidis end at the Freeway that cradles the city on two sides, the river on one side, and the hills (district) and Ember Hill on the last. On the other side of these boundaries private land devoted to agriculture and protected by state-enforced statutes continues for miles in every direction except South, where shortly beyond the borders of the freeway is National Park grounds protected by Federal laws. If Isidis were to consider expansion the " easiest" consideration would be the state-protected farm-land to the west.
The University of Isidis is a lovely four-year institution that also overs several two-year trade and industrial programs. While the program has incredible facilities and resources for science (particularly material science and physics) research, it is popularly known to be an “art school” and the majority of its student body declares their major to be humanities or art related. Unfortunately, this sort of disconnect is what fuels a lot of the economic imbalance of Isidis, as the funding and resources go only towards helping the minority of students (who do, admittedly, go on to do great things) while ignoring the majority of students, who have in traditional fashion, defied the wishes of their parents and are now stuck doing something that is either unsuitable for them, or unsupported by city programs or outlets. Several factors have recently tried raising awareness of this problem, with the most recent success being the Art Festival.