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Based On: Los Angeles
Hope City was founded by a group of settlers looking for just that, hope, and the will to escape the vicious war for independence being fought by the Mexicans. Primarily white, Hope City's original founders swore that they would open the city to all who'd care to come, attracting a large Mexican population that became a key ingredient to the city's demographic. It prospered thanks to a large and populous bay, bringing cargo in from San Mexico and South America and shipping it up the coast thanks to the city's bustling train depot.
Hope City is one of the few cities in the world that posess town elders (Literal as well as supposedly fictional) Starting with the great Custer Pruewitt, city founder, who was supposedly a deserter from the Union Army. Custer was known for being a bit of a ladykiller and is believed to have sired the two major families. (At least they like to say so. This has been a constant source of feud between the two.)
Like the capulets and the Montagues, the Pritchard and the Conners clans have remained aloof and refused to allow members of their various families to marry throughout the city's growth. During the 1900s, Tony Pritchard met and married Elizabeth Vargas, a Mexican girl, which further inflamed the feud. You can always tell the Pritchard descendants from the Conners descendants, they stand on opposite ends of the political spectrum. ( The Conner Family: Blood, Honor, and a Bit of Magic. (A true story of money, power, strange occurances, and the uppercrust of American Society) Collapse )
The Conners closest relatives are the Fitzgeralds of Emmett Point, a noted firefighting family. The relationship began with one Emil Fitzgerald who broke the family tradition of founding (and maintaining) the Hope City Fire Department
by becoming a supreme court judge. He married into the Conners family with the blessing of Stephanie Conners's mother and father both, had a son and a daughter, and promptly died of an overdose. This severed whatever ties the Fitzgeralds might have had with the family. Old families do talk, and to this day the legacy of Emil Fitzgerald who rose above his station and was poisoned for it remains a family legend.
(Interestingly enough, this fostered the common belief from the Fitzgerald Clan that it's bad luck to be anything but a fireman or related to fires in some way. Since then like clockwork, the men of the Fitzgerald Family have been involved in fire prevention while the women have married other firefighters of the city).
Cady Fitzgerald, Grandmother to Rufus, Richard, Elisa, and Scott Fitzgerald was family record keeper for numerous years. She's been quoted several times as saying that the Conners rose above their station, married the wrong kind, and passed the bad blood into a good family. ( The Pritchard Family: The People's politicians to the core.Collapse )Hope City
, above all, is a city of extremes. Founded by settlers looking for hope the city continues to inspire and disgust America at Large. People go to Hope City to do two things: Read at one of the city's beautiful libraries or spend money and time at the city's den of iniquity also known as the Neon Strip. It's a modern Sodom and Gammorah divided into Four Sections with various suburbs and other locals besides the city's most noted landmarks. When planning (Or directing visitors to Hope City) People usually classify the different areas by the library marking them as distinct from the rest of the city. A discourse on these follows:
(For the sake of Time I'm going to go through the two most important to the story)Library Designed by Keevin Jones
: Walk through a spaceship into a futuristic wonderland that includes an antigravity simulator (It's lame, it only floats things about the size of a pencil) and the first electronic librarian system, this library is located in the warf, in a relatively poor neighborhood. Because of the location, the city employs a 24 hour security guard, but most people don't have to worry. Walt Disney is quoted as saying "If you make a place beautiful people won't want to destroy it) and that's very clear here.
The warf is actually home to several businesses and the city's financial district. The port isn't large enough for cruise ships, but the Conners family docks it's boat, the Alabaster Queen
there, several spaces down from the Pritchard Family Boat, The Wild Lionness
. The Warf also sports the main downtown mall overlooking the bay featuring the movie theater and a fire department built into the mall itself (This has to do with a rather long and complicated story about how the first mall kept burning down and the designer in a fit of insanity situated the fire department within the mall itself.Library Designed by Walt Emerson.
: Downtown is mostly residential (surprisingly) with very few business save for large corporate giants needing big glass officcebuildings. In contrast to that, Vistors walk back through time in Emerson's library past artistic sculptures commissioned by the city paper's art section. Children are then escorted along an earthquake simulator into a room filled with squishy armchairs and a playroom for babies so that their parents can research or do their work rather then be disturbed. (The room is conviently soundproofed)
The library is located directly next to the city's paper, The Hope Times
founded in 1880. Visitors to the library can book tours to the paper itself as the building's interconect, however the printing press can be heard in the basement which tends to shake and disturb some of the senior citizens in the library proper.
Other noted libraries include Cathy Chase's Building, which is designed to look like an english garden, Veronica Cartwright's building which stands in the middle of a suburb and acts as an homage to modern art.The Jim Hoskins Center for Reading and Literary Development
Due to be completed in 2020, the JHCRL will be the first library circumventing the 1960 injunction against building anything that's not entertainment on the strip. How did they get around this? the JHCRL will be the first library to showcase a complete collection of playboy along with pornography throughout the ages and a DVD library borrowed from and sponsered by Blockbuster Video. Admittance to this library will be 18 and over with a two-dollar covercharge.