So I want something more than adobe and prefab - surely the future is a bit more commercial and fun, close, crowded and neon fuelled. Now, Eric Burgess is one of the hobbies good guys. A decade ago I played a part in a Korean War campaign he organsed. His terrain was completely scratchbuilt and eye popping.
Erics 'oriental' terrain in this instance used for Boxer rebellion
Maybe not Hong Kong tenements, but a claustrophobic 'Chinese' settlement on a colony/frontier world. More modern and Sci Fi elements can be added in, plus Neon signs printed from photos on the web.
Rather than build a bright shiny city like the 28mm one Antenociti are taking round the shows. I prefer dark and brooding, made alive by light.
It's not an immediate project but whether I go for city or rim colony I think there's mileage, even on a smaller scale. Perhaps beginning with a 'pizza base' street intersection for skirmish and Royale with Cheese gunfight games.