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Lila Hamburg, Helgoland continent
Lila Hamburg, Helgoland continent. The city of Lila Hamburg was founded after Blau Berlin and Grau Bavaria. As a continental sub-capital, Lila Hamburg includes a lesser spaceport to fulfil the needs of the continent. The convention of using a colour was continued for the capitol of the third continent, in this case lila (purple) was chosen. Lila Hamburg is one of the most progressive cities on the planet, and took over from the two elder continents as the planet’s centre of art and culture. However, the city has a reputation for being more decadent and effete than others.
A common perception outside of Lila Hamburg is that the city is always celebrating something, never focused upon hard work. The reality is that like any city the upper class live lives of luxury and the lion share of the media spotlight while the lower and middle classes do the hard work. Possibly the primary difference in Lila Hamburg is that along with higher levels of funding for theatre, music and the arts, is the idea that culture determines the success of a city not economics commerce and industry. Most of the other cities on New Dusseldorf would hold the more traditional view that art and culture are the result of success not the measure of success.
Lila Hamburg is a particularly pretty city, especially in the refurbished centre of the city, but this is due to renovating out the CBD (Central Business District) of the city. Originally the city was normal outpost-colong that grew quickly (due to external funding) into a high-density core for further growth. Once this had happened, however, a series of changes to zoning laws, urban renewal, architectural theming and the like saw the original centre converted over to showcase buildings interspersed with gardens and parks, theatres, museums, luxury housing and manors, and the like. The business district originally was pushed out to form a ‘business ring’, like a fossilised shell around the former CBD. Further zoning laws limiting building heights caused the ring to expand outwards. Factories were moved even further away from the centre due to more zoning laws and air quality control laws, until it became more common for factories to be on the city limits than inside it. Currently the city is composed of the City Centre, Business Ring, Residential Suburbs and Industrial Periphery.
The City Centre is the heart of the city and the middle of this zone is roughly five kilometres from the coast. An artificial lake and canals were constructed to allow boating in the City Centre and for VIPs to enter and leave the city by boat. The Business Ring circles the City Centre including the main bridge over the canal. The business district also includes the main commercial areas of the city and serves as the centre of land transport since it backs onto the coast and ports and contains the inner ring-road. The Residential Suburbs do not form a complete ring around the city, but rather a horseshoe shape from where the Business Ring meets the ports around the city to the other side. The residential areas are strictly limited to one story buildings, including commercial buildings, necessitating travel to the Business Ring for major shopping complexes. The outer Industrial Periphery is exactly as the name implies, a thin perimeter of industrial estates around the outside of the city and containing the outer ring road. This is massively inefficient compared to more centralised and normal cities which feature a centralised and concentrated industrial base rather than a massively distributed one. The diminished scale and capability of the manufacturing sector of the city has contributed both to the stalled physical growth of the city and the focus upon the arts rather than industry.