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neglect and a variety of other reasons, most of Somerville's 2-
and 3-family homes are crumbling. A series of collapses kills dozens,
and hurts dozens more.
(source: Tim Devin)
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or year above to read about the future.
to the 2040s
class and religion, and evicting all non-townie residents, the fascistic
state that rose from the ashes of the Great Somerville Quake of
2036 begins to mellow. Although people now have chips in their hands,
by the end of the decade, all other traces of the police state are
gone. Non-townies are welcomed back, and the wall separating Cambridge
and Somerville is removed.
may have been established at home, a nuclear war begins abroad in
2041. The fallout from the bombs, coupled with decades of ecological
neglect, causes people to seek shelter underground. However, nuclear
winter passes remarkably quickly, and mankind soon returns to the
surface-only to experience a Class 4 hurricane in 2045. This hurricane,
forever remembered by its name Igor, causes significant loss of
life and property.
As there are
no more cars in Somerville, all highways are torn down. People get
around on foot, on public transit and bikes, as well as on city-provided
scooters. By the end of the decade, all streets are torn up and
planted with crops. A monorail opens. Pollution and waste are done
But not all
is changed for the better in Somerville. The city's aging 2- and
3-family homes, completely renovated by the beginning of the 2030s,
begin to crumble--due to the combined effect of owner neglect, the
Quake of 2036, the Nuclear War of 2041, and Hurricane Igor. Dozens
are killed and injured.
war, the globe sees a number of major changes. Paper money is now
obsolete, as are cars. Computers have surpassed us in intelligence,
and have begun designing other machines and computers. This leads
to an explosive growth in technology. Robots do most of the manual
human population has stayed relatively stable since the 2010s; there
are now 7.7 billion of us, 350 million of whom live in the US. Unfortunately,
the ocean's population hasn't fared so well; all forms of seafood
cease to exist in 2048, the victims of overfishing, and nuclear