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Atlas Park

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Atlas Park is a city located in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Its total population hovers somewhere around the half-million mark. It doesn't have a strong cultural identity -- it often gets overlooked for Seattle and Portland -- but several major computing and software companies are centered in the city, and it boasts a fairly strong economy and a growing music scene.
It was settled on the shores of the Harper River, which divides the city north-south, with the downtown district immediately on the southern side.

It's severely limited its suburban sprawl; you can drive about thirty minutes from downtown, give or take for traffic, and be out of the city proper. Think Portland.

There are several universities and two-year community colleges in the city. The most important is Northwest State University.

The Lotus Café

The Lotus Café has a reputation for being either completely packed or totally dead, and it's a crapshoot which you'll get on any given day. Its proximity to the university district more than its actual quality makes it a popular hangout, but their muffins are pretty kickass. At any rate, they serve better coffee than the fast food chains, so you do what you gotta do.

Atlas Park City Park

The somewhat-confusingly named Atlas Park City Park is located in the west quadrant. One of the only oases of natural land in a rapidly-developing area, it -- or at least parts of it -- are heavily wooded and very green. Rumors abound that the park is haunted; there's very little evidence for this.

Northwest State

The foremost college of Atlas Park, NWSU has a strong foundation in the arts and the liberal arts, which gives it a remarkable reputation for many of its students being artsy types (read: hipsters). Their football team, known as the NWSU Griffins, are notoriously sub-par (read: completely terrible). I'm sure this has nothing to do with them being a school full of hipsters.
Currently attended by Natalie (English), Peter (History), Ryan (English), Jen (Journalism), and Eli (Computer Science).

Mountainside College

One of several two-year community colleges in Atlas Park. It's very well-regarded, and a lot of its degree-holders transfer to Northwest State to round off after getting their general courses done on the cheap, but its technical courses are also remarkably well-regarded.
Formerly attended by Xander (Automotive Mechanic), currently attended by Meghan (Photography).