Originally a sleepy suburban area north of Seattle, Everett underwent an economic
and population boom in the 2040s when Mayor Samantha Tillian managed to bring corporate investment and construction into the district. Companies like Dadson Vision Entertainments, Ingersoll and Berkley, IIN, and several resort and casino developers invested hundreds of millions of nuyen in new construction. Cheap real estate prices and favorable tax-breaks encouraged business, and Everett flowered.
Unfortunately, the Crash of ’64 wiped out much of Everett’s progress. With the loss of land ownership records, businesses and property taxes were mired in a seemingly endless bureaucratic morass. Businesses lost interest in the district while some existing companies decided to cut their losses and move elsewhere. Property values dropped even as parties worked out ownership issues in court.
Now, the population of the district is growing, but it’s unclear if this is people moving here as a staging ground for a better life or people falling to this district from something better. One large investment in a mixed-use complex may push the district into a long, upwards growth trend; while a riot, other disturbance, or simply a persistent increase in violent crime may doom it to becoming the cousin of Redmond and Puyallup.