Big cities in the modern world are a reflection of the people who live in them. There are cities which only exist to house humans as they live, work and sleep while their suburbs and districts can blend together in a dull haze of railroad tracks, freeways and office buildings.
Such a place can barely keep its head above economic water as the unemployment rates rise and morale plummets.
Within this environment, desperate governing bodies let loose vampiric property developers upon the neck of a city in their ravenous desire for revenue. As night follows day, faceless skyscrapers replace theatres. Galleries and libraries are torn down to make way for places for humans to park their cars and apartments which are too expensive to rent replace live music venues. All in the name of some vague sense of progress.