Sunset Towers

If you are too rich for Red Mile but not rich enough for a whole house, then you live in Sunset Towers. Built directly on top of the Red Mile superstructure, Sunset Towers was Isaac Arthur’s final great work. It also his first departure from the neo-brutalism which defined his other buildings, and today it is held up as masterpieces of late 21st-century Korean modernism. In common parlance, “sunset towers” refers to the entire district; but the towers themselves are actually a set of 64 buildings which make up a very small portion of the total construction. Each of the 64 towers commands a multi-angular façade and a dazzling marble interior. It is no stretch to say they are the finest apartments in Saskatoon.

The towers are arranged in blocks of 4, and the blocks are evenly spaced along The Red Mile. The spaces between tower blocks—colloquially called “valleys”—are generally given over to a series of smaller residential or communal buildings. The streets are wide and often bustling with trolley traffic; but terrestrial vehicles are very rare aside from these: the residents, as a rule, are wealthy enough to afford their own aircars or airbus passes.

The district is one of the safest in Saskatoon. A whole 21% of the city’s daily defense budget is allocated to a contract with Long/Thicke Security Co, which presides over Sunset Towers’ numerous rush hours and public assemblies. However, despite its unquestionable foolishness, certain forms of crime and scam are popular in the area: shell games, street magicians, muggers, and pickpockets find ample opportunity among the nightly throngs. Make no mistake, though: crime in Sunset Towers is strictly a redpin’s game. There are many underworld stories of hit men and master thieves; but so far, no criminal organization has made any real foothold here. If you’re a pro who’s too hungry for the spaghetti but too smart for Nanuen, then you may just find your niche here.

HISTORY OF SUNSET TOWERS

Isaac Arthur drafted the plans for Sunset Towers in xxxx, just before the Red Mile began construction—but construction did not begin until 13 years later, xx years after his murder. Despite the blueprints’ lengthy tenure on the backburner, the building proposition was approved by the city planning board after just 2 days of deliberation. This was financially motivated: despite its initial swell of population, the Saskatoon government lacked a consistent source of income. The solution, of course, was private/public property—and so SasInt and Sunset Towers were constructed near-simultaneously.

From the outset, Arthur envisioned Sunset Towers as three “wheels” around which the rest would be built. The “center” of each wheel would be a large communal structure, around which trade would naturally blossom; the “spokes” would be commercial and premium residential districts; and the “rim” would be economy housing—the towers from which the district derives its name. The district more or less unfolded exactly as he intended it to, with the three centers—the Sandra Ulysses Convention Center, the Randall Morgan Public Park, and the Andrew Wadsworth Arena—each providing lucrative sources of income with near-daily entertainment and trade shows.

Early on into its construction, Sunset Towers faced criticism from Saskatoon residents who wished to preserve the city’s low skyline and unbroken view of the Saskatchewan prairie; but these ultimately proved to be a negligible minority after a short and uneventful protest campaign. However, this campaign is still fondly remembered by local historians for a viral video in which one of the protesters—who was never identified—threw herself onto her knees before the city hall and proclaimed that sunset towers was an offense against God, likening it to the tower of Babel or “a massive phallus aimed directly into the face of our lord and savior”. Today, the phrase “massive phallus” is something of a shibboleth among students of Saskatonian history.

Randall Morgan Public Park

Situated in the very center of Sunset Towers, there is an expanse of carefully-cultivated trees, paths, amphitheaters, and gardens. It stretches for 2 kilometers in either direction, bounded on all sides by the most exquisite townhouses and highlife destinations. With just over 110,000 visitors every day, it is the second-most visited park in North America, eclipsed only by the world-famous Central Park in New York city. This is the Randall Morgan Public Park, and it is without a question the nicest place where you will ever do a drug deal.

The RMPP was envisioned by Arthur Isaac as Sunset Towers’ center for outdoor activities: concerts, bike races, charity walks, cookouts, and so on. It offers small-scale permits to individuals, and leases public venues to groups or organizations. The park has 4 pavilions, 8 small amphitheaters, 2 large amphitheaters, and 1 garden-cum-meeting hall—all of which are leased out round-the-clock. Between permit fees and donations, RMPP raises an estimated 6.1 billion credits annually the Saskatoon city budget. To local historians, its product is of secondary concern: more interesting is the unique nature of its construction. It was the first public park in North America to be built from the ground-up to support augmented reality applications.

While drafting the plans, park planner Giddyheart Blossombush collaborated with ‘Redsoft Entertainment to make Randall Morgan an ideal battleground for the popular Toonabout app. It was also outfitted with an underground fiber optic infrastructure which could interface with smart devices and wi-feye augmentation to keep park-goers aware of upcoming events and news. At the time it was merely a novelty; but on any given day, Toonabout players spend between 800 and 250 thousand credits in the RMPP area—making it a de facto lodestone of the city budget.

Culturally, the RMPP has yet to attain the universal recognition of Central Park, and in terms of cultural significance is generally thought to be somewhere below Hyde Park but above Macarthur park. Among locals, it has acquired the nickname “the burning bush” thanks to its frankly outrageous narcotics trade: the thick crowds and ample vegetation mean that there are plenty of places for people to buy and use their narcotic of choice. This is where you, the enterprising felon, enter the scene: among the Randall Morgan crowds you can find clientele ranging from experimental teenagers to middle-aged executives to desperate soccer moms. While the park enjoys regular police presence, you should find them no issue as long as you are subtle with your trades and pay your RPA subscriptions on time.