GURPS Supers: Empire City
Empire City is one of the biggest cities on the East Coast of the US. It of course has a long history, but the most defining events thereof are relatively recent.
After the Thanatos Disaster fifteen years ago, the city was under martial law for almost a week. FEMA and state troops helped regain order. Municipal services were nearly nonexistent for four days, and the national guard had to truck in food, water and basic necessities. Anyone that lived here at the time has memories of the disaster.
As the city rebuilt, it gave criminals a chance to gain more control. The city has a large police force, but is has at times buckled under the pressures of these growing criminal elements. A year or so later, stories of the new Dark Avenger started to be spread. The police have done what they could, but they were outmatched and underfunded.
Chief Baxter took over a police department at odds with the community. He has spent the last two years mending fences and concentrating on more traditional community policing to get people used to seeing police on beats and patrolling through neighborhoods as they did in an earlier age. The concentration on community outreach has started to reap rewards in terms of better communication with leaders to head off problems or resolve them quicker. More importantly, it has helped the community feel more empowered to report crimes.
There’s a great degree of income inequality in town. Gentrification and other economic stresses are causing clashes as people are being priced out of the neighborhoods that they’ve grown up in. Many are being forced to move farther out of the city to the surrounding towns.
A generation ago, the neighborhoods tended to self-segregate: Tower Hill by the park is for the moneyed types, The Harrows by the dock used to be largely Irish, St. Christopher — named for the church in the area — was Italian, Chester Hill was predominantly Dominican, and The Meatpacking District was one of the first gentrified areas, still largely gay and lesbian and quite distant from its original roots.