Built around steel and shipping, The Docks is the industrial epicenter of a city no longer built around industry. Throughout the nineteenth century, lumber, grain, livestock, iron, copper, processed steel, and other metals flowed through the port and onto ships due for the eastern seaboard or Europe. The Docks made Central City possible, and until the city ceased to be a producer of primary materials, The Docks remained the city’s economic lifeline.
A complex of piers, quays, warehouses, studios, manufacturers, and processing plants, The Docks was once a bustling port authority. By the late twentieth century, Central City’s port had slowed, and the neighborhood shifted to a slowly gentrifying area for artists and film, music, and television production. It is the home of Winston Studios, three record labels, and all four local television stations.