Northbay lies at the north end of Crater Bay and is dominated by the campus of MCU. Small businesses catering to students and people in the tech industry are found throughout the area, including computer stores, clothing shops, small cafés and coffeehouses. It’s a contrast to nearby Charlesford.
Nestled between Midtown and Northbay is the bohemian, Old World charm of Charlesford. The area features several small parks, tree-lined streets, and brickwork buildings. The neighbourhood is popular with young people, particularly students and artists, for its relatively low rents and loft apartments. Charlesford is becoming pricier, but not as quickly as parts of Midtown.
The rest of the neighbourhood features small shops and restaurants, often catering to the avant-garde. There are vegetarian restaurants and bistros, craft boutiques, pagan, New Age, and gay and lesbian bookshops, comic book stores, game stores, and so forth. Meadow Street is the main thoroughfare where many of these places can be found.
A number of the side streets in Charlesford, are closed to all but foot traffic (and the ever-present locals wearing roller-blades, and skateboarders), making them popular places for afternoon strolls and shopping. In the evening, Riverside offers a number of bars, coffee-houses, and nightclubs, many with open-mike nights showcasing local talent.
The central area of Meteor City, bounded by the I95, Highway 528, Southbay, and Impact Point is called Midtown. Among other things, it is the largest downtown residential area and features a number of high-rise apartment buildings and condominiums.
Midtown is also home to shopping with the massive Millennium Mall and numerous other stores. There are a number of fast-food restaurants as well as more upscale establishments, small bistros and the restaurants of the fine hotels in the area.
On the spiritual side, Midtown has a number of churches, including St. George’s Cathedral.
The heart of the downtown area, Impact Point juts out into Crater Bay giving the many towering skyscrapers outstanding panoramic views of the city. The area is the economic powerhouse of the city, home to several large corporations.
Impact Point is also home to Federal Plaza and governmental buildings, including the towering Federal Building.
Southbay, was best known as a railroad stop where goods moved in and out of the Meteor City area by train. It is filled with warehouses, rail yards, and shipping companies, where a lot of people used to work. In the past, the city's docks were located here, but during the 1960s and 70s, new port facilities opening up on Oceanside caused much of the shipping and freight traffic to be transferred across the bay.
These days, Southbay is a fairly depressed area. Meteor City doesn't see as much rail-traffic as it used to, and many of the old warehouses are closed down. A number of city government incentives and programs have improved conditions in Southbay and created new jobs. Still, the area is a haven for criminals and organized crime but the city government hopes new prosperity will help to clean it up.
Southbay is centered on the old Union Rail Yard, where trains move in and out of the city. It’s occasionally used for smuggling and clandestine meetings, so the police keep a watchful eye on it.