Thornhill District

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  1.   1.  Description
  2.   2.  Landmarks
    1.   2.1  Burnside Park
    2.   2.2  Brightwood
    3.   2.3  Central Nova Scotial Correctional Facility
    4.   2.4  Shannon Park
    5.   2.5  Manor Park
  3.   3.  Sources
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General

Region Seabreeze Brink
Territory Halifax
Major Waterways
Size ?? sq km / ?? sq mi

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1.  Description

The Thornhill district, on the northern part of the harbor, was Halifax's gritty downtown prior to the apocalypse. The area is dominated by warehouses, the remnants of chain store buildings, and other marks of industrialization. A 250-bed prison, the largest in Nova Scotia, stands in silent vigil over the residential area, consisting of duplexes and several high-rise apartment buildings alongside several rows of low-slung brick houses. Most stand in good condition; however, due to an effort to revitalize the district that was interrupted by the apocalypse. A sprawling development of cookie-cutter houses stands half-finished, occupied homes nestled in fields of skeletal structures and stone foundations.

2.  Landmarks

2.1  Burnside Park

Burnside Park is a major commercial and industrial development located in the community of Burnside along the northeast shore of Bedford Basin. It encompasses about 970 hectares (2,400 acres) of land in the northern parts of the Thornhill district. A wide variety of businesses are located in Burnside, mostly specializing in sales, manufacturing, electronics, transportation, and services. The park is composed mostly of low-rise office buildings, warehouses and retail stores. A furniture manufacturer began operations in Burnside Park in the year before the apocalypse, providing one of the largest manufacturing and shipping buildings in the area. Due to the size and nature of the park, there are several hotels formerly oriented towards business travellers located within its boundaries.

2.2  Brightwood

The residential section of Thornhill is run-down, boasting row after row of identical, connected brick houses. These slums stand on postage stamps of land, boasting only the most modest of lawns and backyards. Even so, the wilderness has begun to overtake Brightwood, encouraged by the poor maintenance of the streets and sidewalks here. Many lawns and backyards sprout saplings and even older trees, leftovers from before humanity's demise. The prison stands over Brightwood, towering and menacing -- as if it had stood as a promise to its former residents.

2.3  Central Nova Scotial Correctional Facility

This small prison has only 250 beds, with the women's dorms comprising only twenty-five of those. Despite this relatively small size, it is the largest prison in Nova Scotia, and it housed the worst of its criminals. Standing five stories high, the prison wards occupied the upper three stories of the building, while the lower stories contained administrative offices. It was built at the same time as the two story adjacent building, the East Coast Forensic Hospital. The two institutions shared extensive laundry, cooking, and recreational facilities in a third outbuilding.

2.4  Shannon Park

Shannon Park is a former military community on the eastern shore of the harbor in Thornhill. It straddles several transportation routes, namely, a highway and a freight rail line, as well as Halifax Harbour. Shannon Park is bordered on the south by Brightwood. Shannon Park was a part of the CFB Halifax defence complex, primarily used for housing the families of personnel serving with the Canadian Navy. It was built in the 1950s to remedy the shortage of housing which plagued sailors and their families in Halifax following World War Two, but fell into disuse in the late 70s. It stood in disrepair and abandonment until the apocalypse.

2.5  Manor Park

Park of the district was purchased in the years leading up to the apocalypse. The old warehouses standing on Manor Park were razed to the ground, and construction of new suburban, modern houses began in earnest here in December of 1987. Not a house was finished by the time the virus struck, wiping out humanity. Open and empty fields, saplings and shrubbery gone wild over their surfaces, stand between the skeletal wooden structures of the would-be homes. Some are no more than stone foundations; still others are no more than indentations in the ground, pits dug to plant foundations. The eerie sign still hangs over the entryway to the development, welcoming visitors to Manor Park.

3.  Sources