Monday, July 6, 2015

Microstory 96: New City

“I keep hearing people say, ‘this city will be great once they finish building it’ so here's what we're gonna do. We're gonna built a new city, right next to the old one. It's gonna be a complete retooling of what we think the definition of a city is. It'll have terrace farming all over the place, wind turbines that look like trees, solar highways, sidewalks that generate energy from foot traffic. It'll be awesome. But no one is gonna live there until it's done. The only people you'll see there are the engineers, construction workers, and hooligans. Teenagers will sneak in to make trouble, and we'll slap them on the wrist, but they're kids; wadya gonna do? Anyway, when the city's completely complete, every single resident of the old city is going to be relocated to the new city. Every home will be nice and new. Even the units for the poor will only be cheaper because they're smaller. Once everyone has been moved—I see that happening in max three days—we're gonna tear down the old city. We're gonna demolish every building and I dunno, like, recycle? Then we're gonna build another town of the future, right where the old one used to be. And then people will be able to move back if they want because, God, we're not fascists. Anyway. That's my plan. Thoughts?”

“You're an idiot.”

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