Nightrun: Murder City
The new hope of Mercer City, Arcadia was supposed to infuse money and life back into the area, doing for the whole metropolis what Crystal City did for Golden Heights. It hasn’t been successful. Gambling has brought in a number of other crimes which, though hidden behind the veneer of legitimate business, has only spread Mercer City’s sickness. None of this is readily apparent to the visitor, who sees only a Las Vegas-like avenue (the Ivory Way, Mercer City’s answer to the Vegas Strip) lined with spectacular hotels and casinos. Buildings shaped like castles, Chinese palaces, Aztec pyramids, and classic Roman villas all come alive with the glittering of lights and ringing of slot machines. Expensive cars and limousines cruise past well-dressed tourists. It really is quite an exciting, impressive sight.
Arcadia is located on a spit of land where the Haven river snakes through the city. As such, it is bordered on the west, south, and east sides by the river, and in the north by the desolate suburbs of Carson.
- Titan Stadium was Mercer City’s newest and best sports arena, designed to replace Kimbrose. With a fully-retractable roof, artificial sun, and climate control, it is the ideal place to host games of all types. It is now the home of the Devils, Mercer City’s own football team.
- Ivory Gardens is the most upscale portion of Arcadia, where the most expensive hotels can be found.
- Gideon Park, so named because of the city park along the western riverside, stretches along most of Ivory Way and is home to the majority of the casinos and hotels in the area.
- Loser’s Row is a moniker given to a small neighborhood at the northern end of Gideon Park. Here are the cheapest hotels, along with cut-rate casinos and dive bars. Prostitution, while generally more subtle in Gideon Park, is very open here.
- The neighborhood of Germantown is something of a misnomer, as few Germans ever really settled there. Most of them preferred the heights of the Numbers Alley area of Freeman Hill, on the rise overlooking this flat area of Arcadia. But the name stuck, and during the last century it has been a bedroom community for middle-class workers in the industrial parks to the east. Kimbrose Stadium, built in the 1980s, is outdated and is now rarely used.
- Carson was a planned community in the northwest of Arcadia, bisected by the Garden State Parkway. Not long after breaking ground, the economy tanked and now huge areas remain unfinished. All the streets have been paved, shopping areas zoned, and in some cases entire tracts of houses built, but most of it remains empty weedy lots. Only pockets remain occupied, those sections that were built before the collapse.