With a couple days to reflect on my background asset creation, I've come to the conclusion that I may have been putting the cart before the horse. I was so excited to get started that the proper amount of thought wasn't given to how I wanted it to look. The sidewalk sprites were far too "pillowy" and I'm looking for something a little flatter/squared off. I've also decided to work on the perspective a bit with all tall buildings (2 stories tall and up) being drawn level with the horizon line. Meanwhile, smaller buildings will show a slight depth with the sidewalk and ground showing the most perspective.
Also, I've noticed that my need to "desaturate" my work to avoid being to bright and cartoony is exactly the opposite of what I want to do. Ultimately, I'd like the work to be bright and colorful. Tonight will probably include some perusing of my favorite artists work to get a better handle on the palette. I'll hopefully have some samples soon.