So, my story is set in a city. A very specific city. It has a fairly developed down town, with plenty of skyscrapers and major businesses. It also has a well-developed port area, with lots of warehouses and shipping yards on a bay. Plus it hosts a major university, and about an hour’s drive away are fields for farming.
The problem is that I have never named this city.
Maybe I've read too many Animorph books, where they've always been ambiguous about the exact location where everything's taking place. And while in some of the earlier stories it wasn't a big deal about what city it was in, some of the latter ones have me going out of my way to keep the city anonymous. I'm starting to worry that I may be going in the wrong direction.
And this is not based off any particular city either, but rather a mesh of what I want for my fictitious location. I guess a fair bit is based on Seattle, but the locations are less cut up by inlets like that city is. And it doesn't really fit with the geography of Portland either, although the freeway through the middle of down town concept is similar. Perhaps it could fit with some place in California, but in general I would place them on the east coast. And I haven't even mentioned any mountains, which do vary between the various cities.
So the way I see it, I have three options. One is to continue to have an unnamed city, and then just add features to it as I need them for the story. The other is to create a fictitious city, like Gotham or Angel Grove, which would theoretically be a city in the US but won't actually exist. (Also like Kokomo) The third is I should just choose a city that fits in well enough and stick with it. (Although if it's not Seattle or Portland, then it'll be a lot harder to write about accurately.)
So, does anybody have any thoughts on this? What have you done for your stories?