Nightrun: Murder City
Originally a Dutch colony in Mercer City’s early days, Amistad is now second only to Rome Island in terms of human misery. It contains several ‘hoods, each worse than the last, a place where the crowded old streets are decaying and dangerous.
Amistad is considered to the areas bordered by Holland Boulevard to the west, Haven River to the south, Freeman Hill to the northwest, the beach to the east, and the Carboni International Airport to the north.
- Mill Ridge is the second highest point in Mercer City, a rocky prominence that juts upward from the coastal plains around it. Almost unusable, over the years it has been primarily a source of gravel from the pit on its east side. It is named due to a failed attempt to build a mill at the top of the ridge, a venture which ended in disaster in 1904 when a portion of the ridge collapsed and 107 people died as the mill fell into the neighborhoods below.
- Old Amistad was the dutch settlement which eventually grew into the town of Amistad. During the steel boom of the 1950s, this place saw quite a lot of growth, but now the crumbling brownstones and brick buildings are home to junkies and gang members.
- Chinatown is a 3-mile strip of old buildings along the edge of the river. Densely packed, cheap, and poor-quality buildings house Chinese immigrants in miserable conditions. A three-block section is often called “Little Saigon” because of the concentration of Vietnamese there.
- “The Zone” was once called The Strand, a beachfront community in the 1920s, but now a bitterly-contested area that is the epicenter of the Rage drug trade. Not even the Chinese Triad bother with the Zone.
- Steel City is so named because it once was home to no less than 35 processing plants, almost all of which have now shut down. This area is now an industrial wasteland, with few tenants, and major problems with poisoned groundwater.