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Fictional Infrastructure Cities: Metropolis

Metropolis is one of the most developed, prosperous and densely populated cities of the fictional world. This is a recognized business center and home base of the largest (albeit also fictitious) corporations. Arendator.ru tells how a superhero megalopolis works and where superheroes live in it.

Metropolis does not just provide a backdrop for the characters – it is a character in itself. Moreover, such a character who has his own urban alter ego – Gotham. If Gotham is New York below 14th Street, then Metropolis is New York above 14th Street. Gotham is a nightly, gloomy, noir city, Metropolis is daytime, dynamic, business and businesslike. Gotham is dominated by the tragedy of a discredited utopia of universal law and integrity. Metropolis is free from such injuries. It is still unclear how they are located relative to each other. According to one version, there are hundreds of kilometers between them, and according to another, they are neighbors occupying different shores of one bay.

The population of the Metropolis is estimated at 11 million people. Administratively, the city is divided into six districts – three continental and three island. Comics about Superman give them a different amount of attention. If the infrastructure of some districts is described in sufficient detail, then there is only fragmentary information about others. So, it is known that the island of Saint Martin at the entrance to the bay of Metropolis is considered one of the most prestigious locations in the city. It is covered with elite and premium buildings. The predominant architectural style here is Art Deco. The island is home to the wealthiest people in the city, including Superman’s main enemy, Alexander “Lex” Luthor, an industrialist, developer, and financier.

South of St. Martin is another island district – the Hells Gate. Literally, this means “Hell’s Gate”, but in fact it is a very pleasant place. The territory is divided into two districts. A large hotel cluster is located along the coastline of the Senneville area (some of the hotels are licensed to conduct gambling). On its territory there are amusement parks, which are said to exceed Disneyland in size and variety of attractions. In addition, the residents of Metropolis go to Sennevel to spend time fishing, swimming and sailing. In the Tilboro area, the Metropolis International Airport is based, which is one of the three largest airports in the country. Yes, if you suddenly wonder where the name “Hells Gate” came from, then we will inform you that it’s neither “Hells” nor “Gate”, this distorted Dutch word “Hellegate” – “bright stream”, another reference to the real New York, where there is a river channel of the same name.

The true center of Metrolis is the district of New Troy. It is there, in apartment 3-D on the third floor of the multi-functional complex at Clinton Street, 344 (Midtown district), and Clark Kent (Superman) is “registered”. He also has a residence at Sullivan Place – a wedding present from Bruce Uyan (Batman) – where he lives with his lover, Lois Lane. Midtown is a prestigious and glamorous area, which is famous for its boutiques and shopping centers. It is chosen for its flagship stores by leading world brands – for example, Spiffany (well, that is, Tiffany) in the real world. The famous Waldorf Astoria – Halldorf Hotel, also received its “double” in Novaya Troy. Within the county, a whole cluster of the innovation industry has formed – Tomorrow Avenue, where the largest corporations of the fictional world have opened their headquarters: WayneTech (Batman’s family business), Stagg Enterprises (design, chemical industry, genetic engineering research), S.T.A.R. Labs (advanced scientific developments), Magnus Labs (artificial intelligence), Dayton Industries (an industrial giant that simultaneously specializes in aircraft, fuel, real estate, engineering and mining of heavy-duty Prometium metal). The landscape of New Troy is set by numerous skyscrapers. Among them are the 96-story L-shaped section of the LexCorp Tower, where Lex Luthor ponders his sophisticated atrocities, similar to the Solar Bar gold bar, the offices of the largest metropolis media – the Daily Planet Building and Newstime Building, as well as the Emperor Building (well, and so everyone guessed what it was). An important structural element of the district should be called the vast Centennial Park, where statues of Superman and Superboy are installed (yes, yes, that’s right, this is an allusion to Central Park in New York). The function of the art quarter was taken over by Little Bohemia. In this name, a triple play on the word appears: a hint of New York’s “Little Italy”, and of Bohemia, which is the Czech Republic, and the world of bohemia. However, not all areas in Novaya Troy are so respectable and friendly. It’s better not to go to Hobs Bay or Suicide Slums without a superhero costume (and the costume does not guarantee that you can do without trouble) – these are Harlem and the Lower East Side of the Metropolis.

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