The Chartered Municipality of Union City is comprised of sixteen Districts.
Each district has its own local politics. Some have democratic elections for offices and representatives. Some are more dictatorial. There are no trade barriers between districts. With the highly-regulated exception of the Industrial Zones, no district is owned by a single corporation. Rather, the districts are the results of joint ventures between two or more of the largest corporations in the past. These companies lease land to smaller corporations who house their workers and contribute to the common housing budget as well (in exchange for participation in the City Council), and these entanglements have long-standing repercussions in terms of corporate relations - not unlike marriages between the aristocrats of neighboring countries.
The Districts of Union City include:
Central Business District (Downtown)
The political hub of Union City, the CBD is both a busy commercial district and a living showroom of state-of-the-art automated public service systems.
These gated suburban developments include both single-family estates and upscale multi-family planned communities, and typically house citizens from the middle and upper corporate classes. Zoning in the enclaves is mostly residential, including many recreational options and light commercial business establishments. Public transportation is very good. [More info on Corporate Enclaves]
Self-contained and often gated, these multi-family residential zones are jointly owned and managed by partnering corporations. They are mainly inhabited by low-to-mid-level workers for their stakeholder corporations, or for their partners and associates. Zoning in the projects includes a lot of light commerce and good public transportation. [More info on Corporate Projects]
The remains of dense middle-class suburbs which have fallen into disrepair, the Sprawls are low-rent zones with a mix of commercial installations, multi-family dwellings and antiquated single-family homes. Sprawls are built quickly and cheaply during real-estate booms, often connecting older suburbs and transportation zones with more built-up areas, and then collapse into disrepair under the weight of financial stresses and population explosions. Graffiti, strip malls, tiny houses packed into identical tracts and cramped apartment complexes covered with advertisements are all common features of Sprawl Zones, typically inhabited by the poorest members of the working class: struggling gigworkers, jaded mincomers, small independent shop owners, as well as those who can't afford anything else: the handicapped, the debt-wracked, drug-addicts, virt-heads, blue collar criminals and gangsters. [More info on Sprawls]
These unincorporated areas and derelict zones have been largely ignored by progress, and now exist in various states of disrepair. Empty lots, sinkholes, subterranean tunnels, graffiti, half-collapsed structures and towers full of broken windows are all around. These areas are inhabited mostly by migrants, fugitives, Scrumblies, refugees, day laborers and other unregistered or “disconnected” persons. Individual squatter camps within the zone are sometimes culturally segregated due to language barriers or ethnic tensions. Densely packed and wildly unpredictable, Squatters often have a strong sense of locals vs outsiders. Small social groups or clans live together and back each other up; internecine squabbles over minor offenses are frequent. Most Squatters are discons, and many are clinically insane. [More info on Squatter Towns]
These two large industrial centers churn out most of the massively manufactured items in UbiquiCity. The older district, Kaishi, is home to massive projects of the 21st century, their primacy now being challenged by the more modern technology installed in Hadid. [More info on Industrial Zones]
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