Downtown

Downtown, also known as "the business district" or “the Skyscraper District,” represents the commercial and architectural heart of Titan City. It contains numerous offices and public buildings. Built over the course of a century, its soaring spires and spectacular buildings stand as testaments to the city’s enduring strength.

This area has always been the core of the city’s northern peninsula. From the founding of Bradford through the turn of the twentieth century, it contained a crowded, busy assortment of offices, apartments, and retail spaces, as well as government buildings. The fire of 1908 reduced the entire area to charred rubble.

This turned out to be a blessing in disguise. City planners redrew the area’s layout, replacing the tangle of winding, narrow streets with a grid of wider thoroughfares suited to automobiles. Thanks to their foresight, Titan City’s downtown traffic is much easier to navigate than most Northeastern cities’. More importantly, the demand for new construction lured visionary architects and builders from all over the world. Soon, Titan City became one of America’s first skyscraper cities. In the 1920’s and ‘30’s, its Art Deco masterpieces achieved worldwide renown. The “shining spires of Titan” became as symbolic of the city as its burgeoning hero population. Even today, no image of Titan City is more iconic than that of a hero perched on an elaborately molded skyscraper, standing watch over the city.

Building continued in the decades after World War II, adding gleaming glass-and-steel International Style towers to the massed, humanistic Deco architecture of downtown. Like the downtowns of many other American cities, the Skyscraper District experienced some economic malaise beginning in the 1970’s, but it never grew as severe as in some other cities. Today, only the area around Common Street still looks depressed and deserted. On the other hand, the Skyscraper District has seen less of the modern push for urban residential and retail redevelopment; most of this has been restricted to the area around Fitzgerald Square.

Several buildings suffered serious damages in Hurricane Atlas in 1998, and a few even collapsed. Most of them have now been replaced with new construction. The new construction also finally jumpstarted a project that had been discussed since the 1930’s: an attempt to connect skyscrapers with a network of skywalks and platforms, creating a true “vertical city.” Even more surprisingly, airship traffic, gone since before World War II, has recently returned to the area, with aerial visitors ranging from blimps to more unwelcome ones like the Aether Pirates. The last decade and a half has seen a rebirth of business and tourism in downtown.

Downtown is the commercial and architectural heart of Titan City. Packed with skyscrapers, high-rises and public buildings, it’s the place where everyone wants to have their tower, and where everyone wants to have their tower that’s bigger than that guy’s tower. Downtown is busy 24/7, always busy with activity and traffic of all kinds.

Neighborhoods

  • The famous Titan City Skywalks are a series of bridges and public areas both open and enclosed that link the many towers of the area and allow people to enjoy themselves on the open rooftops in parks, gardens, or open-air restaurants.
  • Along Armistice Street we find the original skyscrapers found in downtown. With average buildings between fifty and seventy stories in height, the “International” style of the roaring 20's still stands out in a city filled with standouts. The reflective glass, mortar, and steel structures are homes to the biggest of the big businesses, including such gems as the Titan City Stock Exchange.
  • Common Street is the least wealthy neighborhood in all of Downtown. Developed in the ‘50’s and ‘60’s, it suffered greatly in the economic downturn of the 1970s, and many of the buildings are now in need of repair, as are the sidewalks. The latest attempt to revive Common Street is a planned mixed-use development that has been under construction for a number of years.
  • The buildings surrounding Fitzgerald Square are eclectic in style and tend to be of a more modest size than the surrounding neighborhoods. Many date back to the first few years after the Great Fire of 1908, and it is even home to several early “skyscrapers”, which are now barely tall enough to call a mid-rise. This neighborhood is a popular tourist destination, featuring the open Fitzgerald Square itself with a statue to the city’s first mayor, Anthony Fitzgerald.
  • The buildings along Fountain Street include some of the best examples of “Art Deco” style fond along the east coast. Ornament and decorative features are common, and the sight of various titans can be found perched on these buildings.