My view of a utopian story is that it does not have to present a perfect society but rather a critique of the present society or situation by proposing a better alternative. With that in mind I have this idea of a kinda utopian city. I'm not sure if I can explain my idea of this city but I'll try. If you don't want to read it all I'll put a shorter sum up in the next paragraph. I study urban planning and in my courses there are a lot of talk of how if we want to be able to sustain our current size cities without the use of fossil fuels every city will have to produce a lot more of it's goods close by. Combining this with the ideas of a circular economy (I'm not sure how many that are familiar with this one but it comes from the concept that the best economic system is one that has eliminated waste and instead reuses everything) it makes sense that a lot of production of goods would take place in the cities. Because that is where much of the waste is and the transport is expensive. In order to prevent sprawl these new production functions would have to be integrated into the excisting city and the land use would have to be more efficient. People would have to prioritize what they want to use their space for and often have multiple usage. Since everyone has different priorities it wouldn't work to try to make everyone live the same. Everyone would have different preferences and therefore it would make sense that the city was divided into smaller communities where people with the same priorities could gather. These communities could vary in size and they would all be in charge of their day-to-day affairs and their own infrastructure while the city government as a whole would uphold the basic laws of the city and provide help and guidance to the communities by offering consulting and expert opinions in different matters such as technical questions of resource and space efficiency and social questions of cooperations with other neighboring communities. Such a city would naturally be very diverse and to prevent conflicts based on prejudice and discrimination and the system would have to be set up so that interactions and cooperations between different communities is rewarded. For those of you who didn't want to read all that my idea is basically a city which is very dense and makes very efficient use of it's resources by reusing and recycling. To make this possible the city is divided into smaller areas where the people are in charge of their own infrastructure and day-to-day governance. The role of the city government is to uphold the basic laws of the city, to assist the areas with advice on how to run themselves and to promote tolerance, interaction and cooperation between the different areas. I guess the problem for me is that I have this idea of the setting, the city, but not much idea of the plot and the characters. I think I want it to be about a main character that either arrives to the city as an immigrant (either from another type of functioning society or as a refugee from broken down one) or one that already lives in the city since birth and perhaps leave his/her area for a time to participate in a sort of exchange program with another very different area. I just can't think of any good conflicts that would follow from that. I don't want it to be all perfect but I don't want the conflicts to go overboard either and make it boarder on dystopian. If any of you have read the book the Dispossessed you might get what I'm trying for. The society of Anares is in many ways superior to our present ones but on the same time there are a lot of conflicts in the story with the types of: man vs nature, man vs man, man vs self etc. I think almost every type of main conflict is in that book actually. As for a last comment English is not my first language so I'd probably would not use that as my book language, even though it could be cool to have that be the lingua franca of the city.