Nightrun: Murder City
The area known as Downtown was the original Mercer City, an English and Irish settlement that dates back to the late 1700s. During Mercer City’s boom years, this area grew into the financial center, where the various industries that made their home nearby (steel, coal, and wood principal among them) could set up home offices. The “nice” parts of the downtown district have shrunk, but it still maintains a toehold on commerce despite being eclipsed by the corporate haven of Golden Heights to the south.
Like Arcadia, Downtown Mercer City is located on a peninsula. The east side borders the ocean, and includes Oysterbed Point. The north and west sides are marked by the slow, cold Haven river, and the southern edge of Downtown is considered to be where it meets Whitehall.
- The Waterfront area is the center of shipping in Mercer City, containing a large amount of wharves and dockside warehouses, most of which are still in use.
- Alphabet City, and the poorly-named Blood Point, is a less-populous section of town named for the streets which all correspond to a letter of the alphabet. This is where the main headquarters for the police, FBI, and numerous other federal and state agencies are located.
- London Circle is the commerce center, and still clings to its former glory. Upscale shops and condos line the streets, and this neighborhood is the site of the annual Settlers Days Parade.
- Named for the large density of Italians who settled there, Little Italy is a small section of Downtown known for narrow streets and aging buildings. It’s location relative to Arcadia makes it the perfect headquarters for Mob activity.
- Mostly English immigrants settled in York, and that quaint neighborhood still has some of the original buildings, maintained in a touristy park. York also contains Mercer City’s only college, Cochran University.
- Oysterbed Point is known mostly for fishing, a drab area of wharves and fishing sheds. Nearby Goose Cove was one of the earliest suburbs, now a low-income housing area.