Hey all, here's another update. I got this all done in a few hours, so hopefully I will be able to do several more updates in the near future.
Here we go...Parkside
Parkside is a pleasant neighborhood made up of mostly Skilled Workers, and a few Executives. It gets its name from Victory Park, which was built in 1917 after World War I ended. Many people were thrilled over the victory and the city had a lot of money to spend, so Victory Park was built.
At the center of Victory Park, a a memorial stands to commemorate American soldiers from Monroe who died in World War I. It is a regional landmark, and is a must-see for every visitor going through the city.
The park is the neighborhood's centerpiece, but many areas here are lush and green. Like Rocheford, the buildings here are old and many streets are lined with trees.
Below is another street, which leads towards Midtown.
Speaking of Midtown, here's, well.... Midtown! Midtown
Midtown is obviously close to the heart of the city. It consists of a mix of mid-rises and high-rises, and has a good amount of all four wealth groups living there. Due to it's location, Midtown experiences many of the benefits of being close to the city center with hardly any of the side effects (for example, traffic congestion). Many new housing developments are being constructed here, including several new high-rise apartment buildings.
Business also benefit from what I like to call the "Midtown Effect", and a large business park resides here. The Midtown Crossing Business Park contains several large and prominent companies, who prefer this greener and slightly calmer neighborhood as compared to the hustle and bustle of Downtown.
The business park can be seen for miles at night, and shines even brighter than the tallest buildings in the city's skyline.
Dodge Street, one of the main arteries of the city, runs right through Midtown and, although it is busy and crowded, it also carries plenty of business and tourist traffic. Hotels and some office high-rises line this "street".
Near Dodge Street, stores and movie theaters are plentiful. The Midtown Globe Theater, shown below, earns a huge profit and is center for nightlife.
Oddly enough, some of the city's earliest skyscrapers are also located in Midtown. The New York Life Insurance Building, to the left of the picture below, was constructed in 1888, and completed in 1889. At center-right, you can see the Monroe National Bank Building. Constructed in 1908, it is also one of the oldest high-rises in the city. Both buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places.
However, as I mentioned earlier, Midtown is constantly changing. Several new housing and office developments are in the works, and they will probably replace some of the low rent, mixed-use buildings you see below.
That's all for this update! Hopefully, I'll have another update for you in the next few days. It will be big, so watch out.