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Arie Skye, Pallad City Post

As head of urban planning in Silica City, Egol rezoned large swaths of low-income urban development, ultimately increasing the density of poverty-stricken and working-class communities, while limiting density of wealthier communities where large-scale luxury development was prevalent. The concentration of residents in high-poverty neighborhoods quadrupled, leading to public outcry. For some, Egol’s efforts were viewed as a way to enact a form of ‘super-gentrification’, allowing the wealthy to dominate massive amounts of property while relegating the poor to remote and crowded subsections of the city. Old high-rise apartment buildings were torn down in favor of corporate office buildings, storefronts that catered to the upper-class, and expensive restaurants.

“Expect to see entire low-income districts decimated,” claimed Feiss. “We’re going to see the poor pushed out of these neighborhoods, and families will either be tossed onto the streets or packed into worse slum-style districts, more congested than ever before. These new neighborhoods will deteriorate within a year’s time and we’ll be back to square one—and, in all likelihood, in a more dire situation than what we’ve experienced before the renewal efforts.”

Danger Zone One. Story by Midnight. Art by Tanabata Usagi.