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use leads to the construction of two major highways that cut through
Somerville in the 2020s.
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to the 2020s
economic downturn of the 2010s, Somerville residents continue on,
still focused on their health, on the environment, and on being
nice to people. The city has become the area's vegan capital, a
leader in the worldwide uptick in vegetarianism of the 2010s. Davis
Square is now carbon-neutral.
which returned to Somerville in 2017, is now a major force in the
record industry; it acquires CBS/Sony, EMI and Virgin. The City
of Somerville also expands, taking Porter Square in 2025, in order
to help Cambridge stay afloat financially. The city puts a roof
over the parking lot, which is made available to residents for community
gardens. The city continues to expand, taking Inman from Cambridge
in 2027; no reason or justification is given for this action.
This time period
sees radical and unpredictable changes in how people are getting
around. In the beginning of the 2020s, the city's new (and free)
pedal-powered buses prove to be a popular alternative to the city's
own public transit system and its ubiquitous bicycles. The Green
Line is extended to Union Square and Medford for the third time.
The Urban Ring line also opens. But this era of public transport
quickly passes, and, by 2022, people are using cars again with a
vengeance. A new highway appears through the city to facilitate
car travel. A few years after this, the pendulum has again shifted
back, and cars are banned completely from the city. By the end of
the decade, car culture has returned, and another highway is built
through the city.
hover cars make their first appearance. Biofuels are becoming more
and more common in the US, and a large chunk of our electricity
comes from renewables. The federal government passes laws to reduce
waste and litter, inspired by Somerville's practices. Styrofoam
and plastic bags are now banned; recycling bins and composting are
now required. NASA continues along its own expansionistic path by
colonizing the Moon.
the environment is not limited to the US. All new cars produced
worldwide are hybrids, and Europe is powered largely by renewable
energy. This is important, since the average city dweller lives
more than 25 miles from downtown, and does a lot of driving.
to make great leaps. Computers are now as intelligent as humans.
More and more
jobs are shifting to India and China, as the world becomes more
and more wired. Corporations begin to take power from governments;
traditional geographical entities such as states, regions, and even
countries, lose their importance in global relations. The economies
of developing countries such as Brazil surpass those of European
countries. There are now more than 1 billion Muslims; as a political
bloc, Islamic countries have become very powerful.
changes cause people to reevaluate their lives, and the art of living
replaces materialism worldwide in the middle years of the decade.