(image source: John Trotter, Sacramento Bee)
devastates Somerville, destroying the Armory, among other buildings.
As a result of the disaster,a police state comes into being.
(source: Emily Arkin)
Click on a decade
or year above to read about the future.
to the 2030s
of the decade sees Somerville completely gentrified, and every Victorian
home renovated. Long-time residents now speak of the city as completely
In 2036, disaster
strikes the city in the form of a horrific earthquake. The expansionistic
culture of the 2020s proves to be the seeds of fascism, as many
had feared; in the wake of the quake, a police state springs up.
In the midst of all of this turmoil, Inman Square (which had been
taken over by Somerville ten years earlier) revolts. After ten days
of bloody fighting, Inman secedes from the city, and rejoins Cambridge.
In the midst
of this turmoil, the ghost of Whitey Bulger appears. He leads an
uprising of townies against those who have moved in since the 1990s.
These new residents are forcibly evicted; their coffee shops, art
festivals, and bicycle lanes are removed; and a wall is built between
Cambridge and Somerville.
all, Somerville maintains its interest in the environment. City
buildings are now all powered by artist-made windmills across town.
Flat-top buildings have gardens on them. Perhaps because computers
are now as intelligent as they are, Somerville residents are recycling
them by using them as body modifications. The Green Line extension
is quite popular, with thousands of people boarding at each new
station every day. The Union Square branch is extended down Somerville
Ave. all the way to Porter Square.
the government makes further efforts at becoming environmentally
friendly, making all federal buildings carbon-neutral. This is important,
because US energy consumption has doubled in the past 30 years.
Perhaps because of this consumption, the US's debt has become insurmountable.
is an explosion of learning and written output. Available knowledge
now doubles every 72 days. All print media (paper newspapers, paper
books) have ceased, and have been replaced by computer files.