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Avenir is the second largest city in England and the entire United Kingdom. Situated on the brink of the River Severn, the city has been a major destination and settlement for almost 8 centuries, its history dating back to the 13th century. It is a growing, metropolitan borough; the district has been an area of heavy immigration since the early 20th century and is renowned for its historical buildings—it largely retains its English heritage, with thousands of Victorian and Edwardian streets.
Avenir is a major economic centre of England, as well as the largest non-capital city in Western Europe. By broader means, it is among one of the largest cities in the world, with a population of 8,706,318 (2083 census). Aside from being a large historical entity, it is a major tourist destination, as it houses many public areas, such as large squares and huge shopping malls. The city has an evident strength in commerce, with a schedule of trade along the River Severn being in place since the mid 17th century.
During World War II, Avenir was bombed heavily by the German Luftwaffe between spring of 1941 towards the winter of 1943. The bombings that severely damaged the city's infrastructure, coupled with an intentional policy of demolition and new building by planners, Avenir's historical sites had been flattened between 1941 and 1998. However, rules of pre-modernist building construction had been reinstated in 2032 and, thanks to the accumulated funds from Britain's gold storage, which was sold in 2028, Avenir had been regenerated on a gargantuan scale. The city centre was the area particularly targeted; in the wake of the damage done between the 40's and 90's, most buildings had been rebuilt into brutalist-themed structures, which is a controversially acclaimed building style. The original Avenir museum (built in 1967 and demolished and rebuilt in 2038) was a perfect example, with a curved concrete facade dominating the Avenir skyline. Avenir is the only British city to attain this kind of architectural policies, which earns it the nickname of the 'Sandbox city'.
Avenir contains eight listed World Heritage sites: the former Avenir furniture factory (now public grounds, decommissioned in 2001); the Nettleford Square; the Avenir Secondary Grammar School grounds; the medieval Avenir cathedral; the site comprising of the Avenir Redbrick University and student apartments; the Riverside 5 Star Hotel; the Wood Green Hall; and finally the Great Avenir Theatre (a Jacobean building, one of the scarce few in all of Avenir). Other notable landmarks include the Greenhill Train Station, the Avenir Town Hall and clock tower, St. Dunstan's Church and the Central Fire and Police Stations.
The name 'Avenir' is derived from the French language, with Avenir being the French translation for 'future' (it was named this because, along with Birmingham, it would be a grand city developed from the Industrial Revolution's funds). When the first few buildings in Avenir were built, Avenir was a small stop between London and Worcester and was known as 'Blossom Hill', named after its excess of cherry blossom trees. It began to develop after the Industrial Revolution, where a stop between London and Worcester became prominent, and so, Avenir was born.
The first building in the Avenir area was the Blossom Hill Inn, a small stop for people to rest at along the journey between Worcester and London. After travelling between the two locations became more important, more buildings were built, to the point where Blossom Hill became the size of a town. In the Georgian era, Blossom Hill expanded rapidly, and, by the year that spelled the end of King George's reign, Blossom Hill was named 'Avenir'. The medieval site (including the inn, etc.) became known as the suburb of Blossom Hill in the early years of the Victorian era.
During the Victorian era, Avenir was built into a proper city-like size with iconic redbrick. Architects had huge ambitions about Avenir, putting all of their design techniques to practice. The government, however, imposed strict policies that kept the height or budget of buildings lower than needed. The most ambitious building constructed in the Victorian era was the Avenir Redbrick University, an 85-acre project at its construction. However, in the 3 years before the beginning of World War II, the University was expanded to 160 acres, making it the largest university in Britain at the time.
After the Edwardian era, Avenir stopped expanding, due to the then-lack of money. Many architects had to start work on cheaper buildings, leaving Avenir in the corner - very few buildings were erected between the end of World War I and the beginning of World War II in Avenir because of this. However, the suburb of Ambrose Green (later merged with Ambrose Hill) was built up during this time. Buildings were not constructed mostly because it would possibly contradict the Avenir building policy - architects tended to work on less consistent structures at that time.
Many factories were built in Avenir during the Victorian era, making it a large target during World War I and II. Avenir became less rural and shifted towards industry, but still retained its iconic greenery in the form of trees and plants filling many streets. July 12, 1943, was the date of the Avenir Blitz which caused 600 million pounds worth of damage. The city centre had been partly reduced to debris, most of Avenir's central industrial suburbs (namely Fishmarket, part of Redenham, Bell Heath, etc.) had been mostly destroyed, with German forces also targeting significant historical sites of little importance to them. Lots of the original Blossom Hill was destroyed, the Inn being one of those lost gems.
Fast forward to post WWII, and Avenir was left in remnants; it was a mess, and, according to interviews with witnesses, Avenir was described as an 'upturned bookcase'. Although its suburban streets had been left preserved, its centre - which held Avenir's gold storage, as well as many other large economic sources - was a mess, as in WWII many buildings had been lost and many preserved, making one building seem deserted in the sight of debris. In 1959 the city centre had been scheduled for almost complete, unadulterated demolition; these plans were executed in 1966. The centre was then redeveloped into many new office blocks, and most of its surviving quaint specialist shops were forgotten and overshadowed by the huge, utopian towers. In the 1960's and 70's decade, the Avenir city centre was regenerated, with contemporary high-rise buildings replacing imposing Victorian ones. The Avenir Shopping Institute on the corner of South St. (which was left closed for the next two decades) was moved to the site of the former Avenir Inn, and also marked the demolition of several other Medieval properties. By 1974, the heart of Avenir's regeneration project was completed. Only a decade later, in 1984, most of the completed new city centre was already marked for demolition. In 1999, the new Avenir shopping institute was demolished. This was the only fulfilled idea of the 1984 demolition project. Avenir had retained the alien landscape for almost 60 years until, in 2032, the entire contemporary city centre came tumbling down.
This was a huge turning point; thousands of architects gathered together to think of how to design Avenir's new 'new' city centre until the plans of Thomas L. Thames were chosen: make it Gothic. These three words marked the entire reconstruction of the Avenir core and beyond. The only spared buildings built between 1960 and 1974 are currently listed buildings, renovated and structurally reassembled.
The funds from the gold storage selling had been gathered and used to redevelop the city centre. After 46 years - in 2076, a century after the original contemporary city centre was built - the city centre was promptly conceded complete. The opening was the largest event in British history, with a record-breaking 6 million visitors.
Now Avenir is a city memorable for its elaborate workmanship and natural beauty.
War times and mid-to-late 20th centuryEdit
Avenir was England's 2nd most bombed city, behind London, as it was home to many factories that contributed to the British effort in World War II. This blaze, which saw the almost complete extirpation of far-east Avenir, was aptly christened 'The Avenir Blaze'. However, the city was notably lucky in WWII, as very sparse amounts of heritage in places aside from the city centre found itself in ruins, though the bombings did have a profound effect on the center's finances. One of its main problems in the 1920's and 30's was its over-reliance on the industrial towns of the far north and outskirts to keep itself afloat, for WWI hit Avenir of all of the other British cities hardest, what with the chain of dependence (the country -> Avenir -> small Avenirian towns) causing the city's own economy to collapse. In the war, this problem was again endured in 1942 (the main year of the city's bombing), with the industry being shifted to Fishmarket, Bell Heath, Genesis Heath and parts of Redenham, where bomb and ammunition factories set up in the clockwork and other manufacturer buildings. These places suffered a similar fate, albeit being bombed instead of left to deteriorate and face eventual demolition. With the second collapse in only twenty-seven years, Avenir felt suicidal, in a way, with it being the poorest city and facing cleanup as long as thirty years later in the 1970's. This entailed rations being used for a decade extra, and resulted in very significant waves of migration to places like Birmingham and London, whilst the city began suffering from poor management and very detrimental financial problems. In the place of the leavers came swift waves of immigration from Asia, where the city famously regained its necessary finances from the jobs being filled—this is why Avenir, more than eighty years later, still treats every immigrant as valuable in the sense that they help the city so much (not in a trafficking way). The emancipation of the economy sought regenerations in the city centre soon thereafter, and thus came the '1966 Architectural Affair', as it is appropriately called and, to every extent, affectionately called.
In 1966, the city's economy saw a mass reboot, but things such as rations and bomb cleanup was belated still, due to the Avenirian governing body putting regeneration of the city centre at a higher tier of the 'needs hierarchy' (a term that refers to the needs of the city, placing the most prominent and least prominent in a triangle) than what most cities put at the top. The reason for this is largely unknown and clandestine by the Avenirian Council, but there is a general inkling that it was due to the car's predisposition to the city centre's narrow roads and road-sized pathways, with the problem being further accentuated by people choosing to migrate to various other British cities. Thus, the city centre was almost wholly butchered with the demolition of good building stock and the inception of upturned suitcases, concrete highrises and alien ziggurats. Almost immediately afterwards, however, the backlash of the new ringways (Red, Blue and Green Ringway) and loss of Stonebrook and large parts of Northern Heights immediately made the council regret their significant decision and, further supported by the amount of money spent, the issue went down in history as one of the worst architectural redevelopments ever and, after a fortnight, the council was rebuilt, much like the city centre, this time with people who sought to repair everything lost and restore it to its former glory. Thankfully, however, the old council preserved everything demolished in the Avenir Retention Centre in Blithebeth, which allowed the new council to rebuild with larger roads as a compromise, but the plan had to wait, for money was short and the city centre was literally brand new. It aged very significantly, with the white of the past gradually fading into a grey, mimicking the growing enmity for what was there. This new city centre was essentially the very definition of ephemeral, with some buildings lasting as short as 13 years before the council pulled them down, though this was a very rare occasion. It was by 1986 that the demolition began, although most of the work was done 50 years later in the 2030's, when building supplies became cheaper and, as a result of the British Gold Storage sales, the council had more money, but their jurisdiction thereover was limited due to the past.
North Avenir (Mostly Victorian and Edwardian)
Above the city centre, Blossom Hill, and Fishmarket:
- Abelard's Fort: very green, lots of well-preserved Edwardian terraced houses
- Salisbury's Vicarage: a large grassland with many parks and some Victorian terraced streets
- Arendsby (formerly the city centre): lots of well preserved Grade II listed specialist shops, serves as a High Street for many of its neighbouring suburbs, this is why it broke from the city centre
- Berkeley: lots of large detached Edwardian houses and a few townhouses up north. Has its own High Street and designated shopping area. Quite possibly the most affluent Avenirian constituency, Berkeley has consistently been named the most beautiful English suburb in the entire country, ahead of Moseley in Birmingham as well as Cogworth and Ambrose Hill in Avenir itself
- Potter Wood: very green, holds Avenir's oldest building, built in 946 - it has lots of parks and camps and has restrictions on where buildings can be constructed
- Verdant Heathland: formerly the site of many tower blocks, this area was redeveloped into a mock-Edwardian suburb of many terraced houses. It is no longer a paragon of crime and has had a decrease in felonies since its redevelopment in 2036
- Redwood: the site of many well-preserved 1930's buildings, has its own High St. - formerly had many tower blocks and townhouses to the west and north, all of which have been replaced with mock-Edwardian semi-detached houses
- Grim Hill: very steep, lots of parks - very few buildings, but has its own High St. and road scheme. Many expensive modern apartments now line the streets
- Cogworth: a very historical Avenirian suburb. Lots of semi-detached and detached Victorian/ Edwardian houses are situated here and is one of the largest suburbs in Avenir
- Bevel Green: very green, hence its name, given to it in 1932. Most of its buildings are Art Deco-inspired apartments, designed by New York designers
- Holton (split 1966): formerly the largest constituency in all of Avenir, it was split in 1966 because there were plans to expand it even more
- New Holton: lots of modern apartments surrounded by Edwardian-inspired detached houses. Formerly comprised of modern townhouses and tower blocks, it was redeveloped in the 2010s and again in the 2030s
- Old Holton: lots of slums and back-to-back houses which now stand as a testament to the rough conditions of this area of Avenir. Most of it is now tourism-fuelled (as a result of its perfect manifestation of the past, making it interesting to tour) and there are few shops and houses now in the area. During the 1970's, this area became council-owned along with New Holton, where many poorer citizens were housed
- Unity Lake: a large lake surrounds the suburb, meaning that bridges are relatively ubiquitous. Lots of 1930/ 1920's semi-detached houses
- Imperial Hill: the home of over 10 motte-and-bailey castles, this area was named 'Imperial Hill' because of its importance to the monarch. Motte-and-bailey castles were used to control the people and, in order to rebel against William more than 900 years ago, they would have to attack the castle - a bad move. Other than this, lots of Imperial Hill had been built in the Tudor times, these buildings still intact
- Royal Hill: home to 3 other motte-and-bailey castles, this place was also of importance. By the 19th century, Royal Hill's construction was underway; however, by the 1960's, Royal Hill was directly in the way of the new central ringway, so much of it was bulldozed in order to make the project a reality. Very few of the original Royal Hill exists, along with the ringway itself - they have been replaced with a new housing scheme and a more modern, underground one respectively
City centre (formerly a mixture of Tudor, Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian and then late 20th-century modern, now a recreation of what it was pre-WWII)
Slightly north, above Centenary Green and Blossom Hill (suburbs not detailed on the map):
1966 - 2034
- Red Ringway: the area which refers to the perimeter around the Red Ringway; many deteriorating historical buildings and lots of concrete surround the area, the only ringway to have little amounts of greenery
- Blue Ringway: the area which refers to the perimeter around the Blue Ringway; there is a lot of trees and many concrete office blocks surround its area
- Green Ringway: hence the name, it is the greenest of the three ringways - there are fewer buildings than the other two and lots of trees line the passage
- Clambering Junction: a very messy, spaghetti junction - it connects Chimney Hill, Marldon and Stonebrook
- Chimney Hill: lots of deteriorating old specialist shops (most of which have not even central heating), but a new building project has since taken over to attempt to enliven the area - the operating old shops are not particularly well preserved, lots of them are missing original features such as brickwork, stonework, upstairs fireplaces, etc.
- Marldon: lots of modern apartments and highrise offices, huge lack of trees
- Stonebrook: the well-preserved part of the city centre, most of its buildings standing since the 19th century, but is highly overshadowed by the tall towers of its neighbouring suburbs - home of the city's Cathedral
- Undulating Green: overlooks much of the modern city centre, there is lots of trees and a few parks; however, many modern university student houses were constructed to the southern end of it and was designated a student living area because of its convenient closeness to the Avenir University
- Northern Heights: 'Avenir's own New York', an area almost entirely inspired by that of the USA's New York City, with many tall buildings and lots of busy, wide roads.
2034 - present
- Red Ringway: the ringway is no longer existent as of the 2035 demolition scheme, but the suburb has retained its name; the historical buildings have been refurbished and renovated and lots of mock-Georgian and mock-Tudor buildings have been constructed to try and replicate what formerly stood there
- Blue Ringway: many tall modern buildings have been built around Hale Bridge, which is surrounded by mock-Victorian shops and lots of trees in a swift transition from old to new. This part of the city centre holds lots of supermarkets, something which most of the city centre lacks as a result of the building restrictions
- Green Ringway: most of the trees still remain but the area has been significantly built up - now houses some of Avenir's most recognisable streets, namely Royal Amber St., Anew St., Susurrus St., Cognate St., Sibilance St., Tempest St., Purple St., Tenenbaum St., etc.
- Clambering Junction: something Avenir wants to be forgotten, the junction no longer exists, all traces of it removed. It has been designated the more 'practical' area, comprising of many hospitals, fire stations, police stations, train stations, etc.. It has been made this way because of its convenient location, in the centre of all of the city centre suburbs
- Chimney Hill: now part of Stonebrook, Chimney Hill's deteriorating old shops have been refurbished and lots of its new developments have been abolished and demolished. Most of it is now specialist shops
- Marldon: all of the towering office blocks are gone and lots of trees take their place; because Marldon is remembered for having so many tall buildings, it was decided that many tall Edwardian-themed buildings would be constructed. One of the most famous examples of this is Nettleford Square, which has many iconic tall buildings, namely Orange Building, Squadron Building or Portsmouth Building
- Stonebrook: little change to the area, a few modern buildings have been replaced including the Avenir Central Station, which was formerly Edwardian but was replaced twice in 1967 and in 1989
- Undulating Green: the student houses have been surrounded by tall apartments in similar style to that of Marldon, most of its greenery still remains
- Northern Heights: not much change since the 60's, but modern tube stations have since been put in as well as new traffic lights, etc. to fit the demand. A few tall buildings have been constructed near Hale Bridge, which connects it to Blue Ringway
Below the city centre, Verdant Heathland, Aberlard's Fort and Royal Hill:
- Rickety Moor: an area that is built authentically to match its many marshes, Rickety Moor is a very natural area with lots of trees and restaurants.
- Blossom Hill: the origins of Avenir, Blossom Hill has a large juxtaposition between Tudor and Victorian Buildings, with a bedload of Georgian and Edwardian buildings, too. There are preservation orders on 95% of the entire suburb, which equals many orderly and established streets. There are lots of trees in the area, and many of the residential buildings stand high with prestige. Blossom Hill also has a High Street, where many specialist shops stand with original frontages and windows.
- Ambrose Hill: Ambrose Hill rivals Blithebeth for the best place to live in the United Kingdom but, per its merge with Ambrose Green, gained such status, due to the addition of terraced streets for the working class (which makes it affordable for such a class), new improved bar life and the number of parks in Ambrose Green. Ambrose Hill, now rather huge, is split into three neighbourhoods; Blenheim, which has always been Ambrose Hill, named after Blenheim Road, the second main road in the suburb, with lots of big houses running off thereof; Arcadia, the shopping area around the High Street, which doubled in size with the merge; and, sharing the namesake of the place it merged with, Ambrose Green, the area around the south and east with 30's and terraced houses.
- Ambrose Green (now Ambrose Hill): this area was built up in the 1920's and 30's, and has lots of semi-detached houses. Its High Street connects to that of Ambrose Hill's, sharing the same main road number: B28. It became part of Ambrose Hill in 2034. Its commercial area, contrasting the consensus of buildings, however, is largely Victorian, so the area has lots of ornate buildings at its disposal. Its nightlife, too, is considered exceptional—it's a place where even those from the far north would go to.
- Fishmarket: almost completely destroyed between 1942 and 1944, Fishmarket was commonly nicknamed 'the Balsall Heath of Avenir', being cleaned up at a very belated time, after all of Avenir had been repaired. It had lots of slum housing and was infamous for having many children playing in the remnants of thereof and, moreover, for being a red light suburb: it had many brothels and problems with such. It was redeveloped in the late 1970's when many townhouses were built and again in the 2010's when new luxury apartments were constructed, creating a new image for the area. Some of Fishmarket's more imposing structures were repaired very quickly.
- Redenham: Redenham, home to Redenham Hills, the largest nature reserve in Britain, is an interesting and conflicting collage of industry and nature. Due to its border with Fishmarket, industry was a given, but planners specifically preserved the Hills because of the money it made for them; the rich had a perfect place of living here, in large villas that back onto a huge open heathland incredibly near the city centre. Now, Redenham is quite different, due to the nature of its bombing in 1940 and '41. To the west, it was heavily bombed, losing infrastructure on Avenir Road and Redenham Road as well as many of its factories and houses, but the east and its quaint Tudor buildings chiefly survived. The modern buildings put up in Redenham now are regarded as trendy for the young, ergo making the area rather expensive, although many of the villas still have their original purpose.
- Rickety Hollow: an extension built onto Chantry and Woodworth in the 1920's, Rickety Hollow was full of quaint streets thereof, as well as lots of greenery. However, its many open fields to the east left it susceptible to many modern plans in the mid-20th-century, and this ample plant life was vastly gone. However, it underwent serious redevelopment in the late 1990's - early 2020's, since it had one of the highest crime rates in the country, due to its heavy council-owned housing. The redevelopment ceased by 2024, and the entire eastern belt had been given a new image and extension.
- Ashfield: consistently ranked the nicest place to live in central England from The Guardian newspaper, Ashfield has a very metropolitan heart, with lots of successful, multicultural businesses, frequent Farmers' Markets and festivals, as well as a verdant private park, which is overlooked by the grandeur of many Victorian mansions. The houses are, on average, ~5 and up, making it the most prestigious area of Avenir. However, its proximity to the city centre leaves it with a hammer blow of noisy traffic and bustling main roads. Because of this, its car accident frequency is above average for an Avenirian suburb.
- Southend Periphery (formerly the city centre): much like Arendsby, it split from the city centre in order to preserve some of the city's most iconic economic roads, such as Institute Road, Lionel Road, and Moseley Road. It has been incredibly well preserved and, in 2010, was granted 100% preservation status. In the 80's, it was the busiest place in Avenir, since the city centre was considered outdated and limited (mostly because all the shops were essentially selling the same type of things, and since 60's buildings, by this point, were considered outdated) - note that this was prior to its regeneration.
- Centenary Green (formerly Blossom Hill): this part of Blossom Hill was obliterated in several dozen blitzes in World War II that lasted for approximately two and a half years; because of this, it was left with thousands of empty workshops, which stood through and far between many pockets of 60's buildings, which stood a testament to its attempted redevelopment, which failed - harshly. The streets were empty from the end of the war all the way until around 2039 when it was finally redeveloped. Its only notable use until this time was the many bus routes, and its emptiness contributed to it being ignored by the council until they were finally fully implored to redevelop it since it truly was just a nugatory stretch of land that was known for failing businesses and utter decrepitness. After being redeveloped, it was unrecognisable, since its architects based it on Paris - as soon as this redevelopment ceased, many successful businesses opened within it, and it became a sprawling suburb where people were likely to stop and walk to the city centre, rather than ignore it.
- Blithebeth: home to the city's building retention service, which is a complex of warehouses stocked with features from Avenirian buildings which were removed (e.g. coaving, doors, Minton tiles, fireplaces, wallpaper, skirting boards, brickwork, sash windows and lamp posts), Blithebeth is heavily occupied by Victorian and Edwardian terraced buildings, as well as the former houses of rich merchants. With breathtaking views and epitomized expensive shops, Blithebeth is one of the most expensive places to live in Avenir, and its fine preservation of heritage (which is ironic, since the city retention warehouses are situated in it) is very manifest. There is also a lot of grassland and churches, since many pious families once lived there, too.
- Bell Heath: in the wake of WWII, much of Bell Heath was in disrepair and, as a result, was subjected to many poor 20th century updates, namely the removal of lamp posts, construction of council-owned townhouses, spawning of subways, etc. and consequently was transformed. Although much of it has yet to be redone, including the dawning prospect of the subway infrastructure, Bell Heath has been improved by the council by cleaning and flourishing parks and schools with better resources, construction of community centres and has lost most of the tower blocks and just above half of the townhouses, with the inhabitants being shifted to small Victorian terraces of more-or-less the same value. Many factories have also since reopened in modern or surviving Victorian buildings (which includes only 11% of these stations), giving many of the poorer families places to work.
- Genesis Heath: Genesis Heath is in the centre of the industrial core of the south of Avenir, which gives the impression that it is likely the most putrid; however, per recent changes to the area on top of its long, long history, Genesis Heath is now a place that small businesses coalesce, making it a rather creative place to be. Many of its 60's buildings, effectively earmarked as the downfall of Avenir, are instead done up to an exceptional standard, and its surviving Tudor buildings and parks to the far north give it simultaneous quaintness. Its name is called 'Genesis Heath' for a reason—although the first building and colonisations of Avenir were in Blossom Hill, Genesis Heath was the location of a number of Medieval wars and, therefore, was the first real time Avenir was ever used.
- The Old Chantry/ Chantry: with a bedroom average of 8 and a house price average of 6 million, The Old Chantry is composed almost entirely of sybaritic villas, which were designed for the rich merchants of South Avenir when built, and are all Grade II listed. Buildings within the constituency are so huge, in fact, that many are unfortunately in decay, as a result of the scarcity of people who either desire to buy them or who even have enough money. Aside from the mansions, there are lots of Tudor and Georgian buildings at heart, with lots of famous alleyways and quaint bicycle routes. The shops opened incline to be pottery shops, haberdasheries, restaurants, pubs and craft shops, albeit there is the occasional anomaly. Moreover, in the immediate vicinity is none other than Blithebeth, one of the best places to live in Avenir by popular belief which, in turn, skyrockets the house prices even further. Living here is predominantly lawyers, doctors, journalists and even multiple celebrities, such as Micky Finaj or Payton Solavski (at least, one of her houses).
- Magna Wood: with the industrialising of South Avenir came workers, and thus came Magna Wood—a place where the workers would live together, huddled densely together within the Victorian Terraced. The terraced house's ubiquity certainly did have a profound impact on Magna Wood, being the replacement for the Tudor town which notoriously burned to the ground as a result of one tiny, recalcitrant candle cinder. Magna Wood's inhabitants were, in Avenir's industrial peak, a ratio of 600:1 to workers:pensioners, due to the area having a direct vicinity with Edison Heath and Blithebeth, two prominent industrial towns in their heyday. With this, Magna Wood had been an oversubscribed residential town for years until the council's decline and economic crisis. What's more, with the generalisation of the car, Magna Wood saw a 90% decrease in demand due to the heretofore narrow streets, leaving much of it to deteriorate and, eventually, meet the eyes of the knife-in-hand 70's planners. However, this path was avoided, and how appropriately it was: in due course of time, with the new-found appreciation for Victorian architecture, Magna Wood received an ample amount of improving on the terraced houses within, since designers flocked to the area after seeing the figures. Now, Magna Wood has some of the most expensive houses of their kind in the entirety of the UK, entailing high prestige and, as it comes with it, education, services, sanitation, etc.
- Wood Brown: a small industrial town near Redenham; due thereto, it is naturally very hilly. It is very quiet and impersonal, with lots of terraced houses and office/ factory buildings.
- Harbor Inn: one of the few border suburbs not effected by the 60's tower block scheme for suburbs in such situations. It has remained a place of huge historic heritage and lots of viridescent 30's streets and expensive office blocks. Leisure centres also have an emphasis here.
- Lackland: named after King John, who was given such a nickname after his loss of Irish land as a child. It, too, is Tudor, but doesn't have so many houses—in lieu, there are tourist Tudor sites, which make it a very rich Avenirian suburb—the fourth most, in fact, which is rather remarkable for a suburb that isn't heard about too often and is so small.
- Crusadesley: a border suburb that was profoundly effected in the 1960 tower block scheme, which is mentioned in many 60's detrimental buildings—once a place full of neat, established and ordered terraced streets, it took a long turn south when clueless planners pulled the place apart. When the new council came in, they stopped such stupidity before it was too late, but poor Crusadesley was left with a half-demolished High Street and infrastructure, and a huge, deviating map of townhouses and tower blocks mixed in with poorly modernised Victorian houses. In 1987 when 60's architecture was particularly abhorred, it was voted the worst place to live in the UK, since most people of Avenir put it down along with groups of outsiders that read tabloids that marked it red light. Its location, too, is incredibly undesirable, with its southernmost point being at the furthest distance from the city centre, which entails long bus and car journeys just to get there—it isn't at the part of Avenir with Arendsby, either.
- Gospel Green: known for being a hit-or-miss jack of all trades; its houses can be well-preserved or in rack and ruin according to its owner. It has frequent farmers markets and festivals in its three parks as well as a few roads of luxury, but aside from this, it's nothing too special.
- Edison Heath: Edison Heath has been ridiculed a council estate since the early days of its existence, but only because it's right-on-target correct. Much like nearby Crusadesley, it was flattened by town planners, but these were more justified—most of the buildings were crumbling to a state of disrepair and, well, despair, to the extent that they would warrant redevelopment. This exact cycle was repeated a second time in the late 90's - late 2010's.
- Woodworth: bordering a natural place Rickety Hollow, you'd think Woodworth to follow suit, retaining its marshes—however, Woodworth is quite the opposite. Like bordering Blithebeth, it
As stated above, Victorian-styled (Gothic) architecture is the most common in Avenir, followed by Georgian style. Traditional red brick, as well as sandstone, were prominent building materials, and the most common, with examples being used in the Town Hall, the Avenir Secondary Grammar School, and the Wood Green Hall. The elaborate stonework was also a common aspect of buildings, frequently appearing on detailed front facades. Sash windows were also key components of these buildings. Most streets featured iconic Victorian terraced buildings, which dominated many roads with their compact sizes. Wood was also used on buildings such as Eureka House and The Trinidad, both of which appear on Trinidad Rd. They are the largest homes in Avenir. Wood became a strong material because Americans started to immigrate in Avenir between 1875 and 1888, and they brought their materials along with them, and so, Queen Anne styled houses were built.
The Avenir Shopping Mall is the largest shopping mall in Western Europe, at 88 acres, housing almost 70 shops. There are very few postmodernist buildings in Avenir as a result of Thomas L. Thames' plans, but there are a few 1960's buildings that surround the Avenir Redbrick University. The student accommodation buildings were 1960's flat buildings, renovated between 2008 and 2018.
The tallest building in Avenir, the 536-metre tall Regency Tower, is a Grade II-listed building that is of the modern style. It is one of the few modern highrise buildings in Avenir. The building retains a cylindrical design and has a 94-storey floor count.
Overall, Avenir is a purposely pre-modernist city. It combines modern building techniques and technology with architecture, in a way that blends in with the historical buildings around.
Notable demolished buildings and streetsEdit
- The Garden Hotel, 18 Chanticleer St., Ambrose Hill (built 1856, demolished in 1933, replaced with the Coca Cola factory)
- The Great Avenir Theatre, 20 Chanticleer St., Ambrose Hill (built 1820, demolished in 1972 - replaced with the Coca Cola factory, later demolished in 2040)
- Redenham Manor House, 2 Manor House Close, Redenham (built 1811, destroyed by fire in July of 2014 and replaced with a replica in 2051)
- 6-12 Trinidad St., Queen's Heath (built between 1873 and 1880, Queen Anne style buildings, rebuilt in 1956 after each one suffered major bomb damage, coupled with a fire, rebuilt in October of 2037)
- Red Rose Post Office, 37 High Street, Fishmarket (built in 1850, suffered a direct bomb hit on August 29, 1943, rebuilt in 1966)
- Red Rose Police Station, 35 High Street, Fishmarket (built in 1831, demolished along with the remnants of the Red Rose Post Office between 1967 and 1968)
- Victorian Avenir Cathedral (built between 1803 and 1901, bombed 3 times in August of 1943, rebuilt in September 1961 - the new cathedral has since been erected on the site between 2033 and 2110)
- Avenir University Student chambers (built in 1908 and suffered bomb damage in 1941 - it was luckily saved due to insurance that redeveloped the eastern facade of the building but was eventually demolished in 1996)
- Royal Hill Library, Royal Hill (built in 1891 and demolished in 1974 in order to rebuild Middleton Street, replacing it with high motorways leading to the city centre)
- St. George's Tower, Ambrose Green (built in 1860, it was erected to represent the thriving British economy - it stood as the tallest building in Avenir, at 78m high, but was torn down in 1933 for a new housing estate)
- The entirety of the medieval Chantry Rd., Blossom Hill (completely demolished in WWII, and rebuilt with new highrise office blocks)
- Cordel St., James St., Frieda St., Thomas St., part of Periphery St., Newton St., Crown St., Hegemony St., Old Bank St., Factory St., Ambrose St., Hill St., Colmore St., Chimney St., all Fishmarket (most built in the late 19th century, included slum housing and much of Avenir's ammunition factories, mostly bombed in WWII, but large portions were demolished in the 1960's and 70's and replaced with modern tower blocks and townhouses, no industry was retained)
- Redenham High St., part of Periphery St., Oakhouse St., Red Ln., part of Sawyer Rd., Redenham (mostly bombed in the war, the former redeveloped in the 1970's as a result of poor maintenance)
- Most of the city centre (bombs landed on the factories as well as many different streets, these bombs taking up a small percentage of the loss, but as it was considered too 'old fashioned', lots of money was poured into its demolition and reconstruction around 1966; it was completed in 1974)
- Avenir's border suburbs: Redenham, Bell Heath, Wood Brown, Rickety Hollow, Royal Hill, Harbor Inn, Crusadesley, Edison Heath, Rickety Moor, Verdant Heathland, Redwood, Grim Hill (mostly demolished and replaced with modern residences because of the lack of housing, also considered modern and a symbol of Avenir's modernity - all of these buildings have since been replaced)
Avenir is surprisingly a technologically-advanced city, which contrasts its old-fashioned building style. It is the first British city to have 100km/h trams that go around the entire city (faster than the London tubes). The tram concept was used specifically to illustrate that Avenir isn't stuck in with history.
The highrise Regency Tower in the Avenir city centre is a perfect example of Avenir's technological advancement but in a more futuristic, modern way. It features modern kitchen units with electric equipment, etc. and is a perfect example of headquarters for any company: spacious, modern and open - the openness was part of the building's design, because Avenir's open workshops were renowned for being very busy, but also open in the sense that people were intrigued by the happenings inside - this encouraged architects trying something new to still stick with older principals.
Most modern technologies had found its way into older houses - several old-fashioned Edwardian houses across Greenhill Grove were renovated from 1970's style to modern, with older styles - e.g. coaving and non-functional fireplaces, but kitchen units that are electric-heated, etc. A typical house in Avenir would attain this kind of style because many people that choose to live in the city believe in those ideals.