The Rapids

A small but densely-textured neighbourhood, the Rapids are a bit of a historical relic. There was once a great deal of important infrastructure here—but that was a hundred years ago. Once upon a time, during the gold rushes, a lot of traffic moved on the Slate and its northern tributary, the Caris. The Rapids were where goods travelling on the river had to be off-loaded and portaged down to the North Channel, notably Johnson Point, from which it could reach the ocean. As the city grew and river traffic died, this infrastructure became obsolete. For a while, the city planned on building a hydroelectric dam here—but that project eventually received a federal grant during the 70s, causing it to be greatly enlarged and moved upriver to Black Rock Pass. That left the Rapids as a gutted and abandoned system of tunnels, storage warehouses, and locks, none of which anybody particularly wanted. During the Cold War, the city built a couple of mid-sized bunkers against the threat of nuclear annihilation—but the project was abandoned before completion. Today the Rapids are a maze, inhabited mostly by (fiercely territorial) squatters, and the city has more or less given up on pretending to control them.

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