Hi! It's been another two weeks. I've been living life to the fullest, actually. I went hiking, I went to the National Gallery, to the theater - twice, to the zoo, I attended a protest against the city council, in conclusion, I've been one busy boi. This is just a short update on my latest work in the city of Odrava.
Everything my city isn't
Y'all bitches can't even spell Prague --Nicki Minaj
I live in Prague, which is among the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. It's known for the Prague Castle, the Astronomical Clock and other historical landmarks. Yet having visited other historical cities in Europe, and putting them in comparison, I can't help but feel like a lot of things could be done better in my city. Starting from the taxi driver mafia and going all the way to scam exchange offices, restaurants that charge you five euros for a glass of water, kitschy souvenir shops, horrible wax figure museums, Thai massages at the Old Town Square and cocaine dealers at the Wenceslas. I think a lot of my inspiration for Odrava comes from what I would like Prague to be.
Of course it's debatable whether or how much you can regulate tourist traps, especially in a country that values economical liberty. And I will admit that ever since moving across the street from a hotel, I don't feel sorry for a lot of the scammed tourists at all, because I've been woken up in the middle of the night by loud drunk Western European men returning from a nightclub countless times. I just hate that the aesthetics of the Old Town are ruined by the visual mess these cheap tourist-oriented businesses create.
I'm trying to make the center of Odrava more livable and local-friendly than Prague. That's why there aren't many noise-producing bars, pubs and nightclubs - and the others close at midnight. There are enough services, schools and doctors to satisfy the residents' needs, and at the same time the area is interesting from a tourist perspective with enough restaurants, cafés and cultural venues. Most of the city center is walkable and has good transport options, such as the trams or the (to be drawn) metro.
Would you visit?
Comments are v welcome
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- That's some great detail as per usual Eklas! I see you're moving towards the embassy of Tierajas-Verdes, could you keep it for now? I'll update you when I start my new country, you can reuse that embassy :P Keep Up The Mapping! --Aces California (talk) 12:58, 30 April 2018 (CEST)
Will I? Maybe. I keep your words in mind if I visit Prague one day. I have read about Prague and the Czech Republic (in an English-translated Korean comic Treasure Hunting in Czech Republic), and the buildings and background are very nice. I also quite like its rich history, which I can take inspiration for Singkangia's history (the early history is still in development).--Happy mapping and God bleses you, ZK (talk) 16:04, 30 April 2018 (CEST)
- Prague is amazing and I'm happy to live here, but there are so many things that could be done way better. --Eklas (talk) 20:04, 30 April 2018 (CEST)
I understand the quandary of putting in tourism entities and balancing that with a sense of home for the locals. Do you invision Odrava as a tourism hub like Prague, or is it something a little more off the beaten path but still gets some visits? In other words, is its tourism like Prague or like Brno, Bratislava, Dresden (cities that still get a fair number of visits but aren't overwhelmed)? Perhaps those aren't the best examples, but I trust you understand why I'm asking. If it's a moderate tourism center, then your economic system will dictate how much is there for those pesky tourists. If it's a freer and more liberal economy, then tourism-oriented businesses are simply going to pop up. Perhaps there could be an area that is more tourism-friendly? I'd think, from what you said, Odrava would want to preserve the old city as much as possible. If you move the tourism out, like what I've started to do in Salda, you'd need to provide services that connect the two areas together (which you have), and give incentive to keep the tourism-oriented businesses away from the city center (zoning laws, building-size restrictions, special tax zones, etc.) It really depends on how the cities decide to build themselves. Could it be that there is a hub of nightclubs, hotels, restaurants, and tourism traps on the south bank of the river, with access to Nové Město station? The "new city" even sounds like it might be this type of hub, with easy foot access to trains, trams, the old city, etc. It's an interesting predicament. Given your excellent skills, I'm sure whatever you decide will be great. — Alessa (talk) 17:35, 30 April 2018 (CEST)
- Thank you! I'm kind of conflicted, because while Odrava fills in the role of Prague in my country, it's about thirty percent smaller and much more similar to the other cities you've mentioned. My source of inspiration at this point is also Riga, because it shares a lot of characteristics with Odrava in terms of size and geography.
- It also really depends whether a tourist is coming to get wasted on cheap alcohol, or to go sightseeing, and I might filter them into different areas based on that. Drabantia isn't the most benevolent country in terms of economical liberty, and I imagine the historical center would have strict regulations on everything from renting apartments to opening hours of businesses. The New Town could then have more nightlife exactly as you say, but still with some restrictions. I'm definitely planning to draw some gentrified hipster communities in there, as well as a LGBT+ friendly part with gay bars and clubs. --Eklas (talk) 20:04, 30 April 2018 (CEST)