Collab:Federal States/Collaborative States/Huntington/Archive
Huntington is understood to be a master-planned city, specifically designed to house the central government of the Federal States. At a minimum, the capital should include the following:
- A capitol building, where the national legislature meets to pass laws
- An executive mansion, where the head of state lives
- A high court, where the highest court in the Federal States meets to hear cases
- Executive offices for the various parts of the government (Defense department, Diplomacy department, Infrastructure department, Labor department, Environment department, etc.)
- Commercial offices for people doing business with the government (lawyers, lobbyists, government workers, NGOs, etc.)
- Accommodations for embassies of foreign nations (this can be in a single diplomatic quarter, or scattered throughout the city)
- Hotels and restaurants for visiting diplomats, domestic businesspeople, tourists, etc.
- A national university
- National museums
- Statues and monuments
- Open space
- Residential areas for Huntington workers with accompanying supportive land uses (retail areas, schools, hospitals, parks, etc.)
At this time, all mappers in OGF are welcome to submit ideas for the development of Huntington, but the selection of an option or combinations of options are up to the Huntington coordinators to determine and implement with the assistance of other mappers on the Huntington project. If you would like to include an option, please use the template before to produce a rough sketch of your idea and feel free to add narrative describing your plans. Other mappers are encouraged to discuss the options on the talk page.
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Describing the options
So just a couple aspects/some reasoning behind this sketch: This plan would allow existing topography, railroads, some major roads, and even the locations of some suburbs to remain similar to now, while creating a more cohesive master plan that works well for the master-planned capital/government district as well as for a city and suburbs in this region of the Federal States (parallels to the SE U.S.A.)
It's worth keeping in mind that while Huntington is a master-planned capital, that the capital district is significantly bigger than the District of Columbia, and the master planned capital itself would likely only take up a small portion surrounded by more organic growth fitting for the region. As such, the area in and immediately around the Capitol Circle is largely master planned street-wise, with a mix of spokes out of the center circle and a grid on the north side of the mall/ heart of downtown. There are a few spots that would be locations for major monuments, as well as the locationing of the Pres. Mansion, Legislature, Court, etc. Areas further out would become more organic and merge into suburbs akin to the style of cities in VA, NC, MD, etc. Some good examples of what I mean are Raleigh, Charlotte, Baltimore, Richmond, etc.
I had proposed a secondary city here as well, but it's mostly optional- Somewhat inspired by the former idea of an Old Huntington, I somewhat imagined the secondary city being more historical and predating Huntington itself, perhaps having some national historical significance (a battle? treaty signing? early settlement?)that was part of the reasoning for choosing Huntington's exact location for the capital later in the FSA's history.
As for highways, they're still similar to how they are now, I'm basically just proposing a Capital District Turnpike connecting to areas further west (including the airport) and a FS-X21 beltline that connects some of the suburbs and helps act as a bypass for the area. Railroads build somewhat off of what Histor had mapped out now, with the main change being the location of the main station. Historically this would have been sort of an end of the line station, but I'd imagine that potentially, as shown in the sketch, there could be a tunnel built later that allows for trains to continue through the historic station to points north.
Near the river in the five circles and the avenues between them are concentrated the most important places for the government of the Federal States. This area is related to the riverbank.
Nearby on the other side of the river there is the main commercial center. Strictly planed is the area near this centre on both sides of the river, but later some of the Avenues are prolongated in the given direction. Here we have the core of the busy city. The "Western Avenue" can be a vivid "Boulevard" with cafés, pubs and music clubs and place of the newapapers.
The railway was opened after the core of the town was build - therefore she has only a small strip along the eastern side of the river. Why always a station, where all lines teminated? If the rails go through, we need only few room in the expensive area of the central city. No expensiv tunnel under the city - for this money we can build the three subway lines.
More in the periphery are less dense urbanisized suburbs with less formal structure of the streets and may be some undevellopement land in the west. Three great parks from the beginnng are part of the city-plan. Three subway lines (only in the dense populated areas) may collect the main-lines of transportation. An airport can be north of the FS-21 and an other in the western area.
The blue dotted line as branch of the FS-1 motorway may reach over the river more to the heart of the city. A motorway along the river is not given - the town will not have destroyed the parks and meadows along the river. --Histor (talk) 11:27, 27 July 2019 (CEST)
A few ideas in my plan:
- Capitol building in the center close to the river
- grid with orientation according to river, far away from center east-west/north-south orientation
- 10-11 radial streets from Capitol, some are interrupted by the river
- organic structure in northern river bend (oldest part of the town)
- terminus stations in the south (for main traffic to Stanton and East Coast) and a smaller one in the northeast
- no direct railway through city center
- freight tracks only in suburbs
- motorway around densely populated area, only through southern suburbs (with tunnel)
- main international airport (CDI) and a smaller one for national traffic
- military airport with home base of government airplanes
In Huntington's early days, the city might have been founded at the bend in the river where historic trails would meet from the modern states. Other towns and cities would likely dot the river.
Whenever Huntington becomes the official capital of the Federal States, the where downtown is currently mapped would be the 'new Huntington', the existing pre-capital Huntington would become a historic district. The new Huntington would have a planned street system (I would like something similar to Washington's street plan).
The green areas would be places for large park spaces, particularly the river bend area would be ideal for big national memorials, cemeteries, and similar tourist destinations.
As Huntington grows in population, with the help of streetcars or an early subway/elevated rail system, the city would probably expand along the old trails. The other towns withing the Capital District would expand as well, but rely on Huntington as the economic center of the area.
After the 1950s, similar to US history, the automobile would start to dominate transportation planning, at least in the early years. Although, freeway revolts helped kill many highway projects across the United States (including Washington, DC). Personally, I don't like having freeway cutting downtown Huntington off from the river. This time period, growth would most likely occur along the major freeways and spill into the neighboring states.
I left the 1980s-Present as open-ended to account for changes in development strategies. Maybe a major investment in mass transit? Maybe infill, or rampant suburban growth. PColumbus73 (talk) 01:33, 31 July 2019 (CEST)
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