I wanted to start a thread here asking you guys - (high?) fantasy writers - how you plan and map cities. I am talking about anything from a small villa to the capital of a large, prosperous kingdom. How do plan the layout of your city? Do you place certain shops, taverns, weapon smiths, etc in a certain fashion? Do you like having everything like that scattered about or located in neighborhoods? What level of detail do you use? I know that many writers/authors will make districts but not exactly map out the buildings that comprise the city. Do you make intricate character sheets for the citizens? What other details do you think are useful or a necessity with city creation?