Interface Zero 1.5: Upgrade in Progress
Originally settled by ethnic Ukrainians, this was once a relatively peaceful neighborhood due to the borders with the industrial sectors to the south and east. This changed in the early part of the 21st century, when the neighborhood diversified, and then it became much less safe when most of the in-dustry that borders it shut down. A large number of Ukrainian families still live there, but the neighborhood has become an unruly site for poverty, gangs, and criminal activity.
To make matters worse, much of the industrial waste that was once stored nearby has begun leaching into the ground under this area, resulting in contaminants appearing on the street, under people’s houses, and in the drinking water. Many become sick and die here while there have been a fair number of mutant births. While not the worst neighborhood in Chicagoland, this is one of the areas where people are cautious when they must come here on business.
Ryder Lewis lives here in a one room apartement in a run-down apartement complex on the border to the industrial sector.