Somerville's centuries-old two- and three-family homes were crumbling.
This was due to a number of things. Homeowners hit by capitalism's
swan-song couldn't afford repairs. Condo-owners not taking responsibility
for the overall buildings' structures. Landlords only caring about
rent checks, and not the units the rent checks were buying.
In 2045, a series
of collapses killed and hurts dozens of people. By 2048, it had
become so common people would joke about it. Finally, in 2056, our
speedy government decided to pass some laws, and all of the remaining
buildings were knocked down.
In 2058, the
first of the new replacement buildings went up-tall green, energy-efficient
mid-rises surrounded by parks. One building per 4 lots, with twice
as much residential space.
which had made their first appearance in the 2020s, had finally
become affordable in the 2060s. The new replacement buildings were
equipped with top-floor hover car parking garages. This, coupled
with the new zip-wire technology, meant fewer and fewer people walked
on the ground any more. Many wondered if this was a good thing.
My old landlady gives me my old apartment on Charnwood for free,
because she misses me so much.