A joint project, as much is done within Metro-City, was established to develop a corner of what was then the outskirts of downtown. Though the area has subsequently been circumscribed within the outer ring of the last rail, the almost 80 square block industrial center was, at first, a model of corporate thinking.
Four, five-story buildings were erected in "clover"-like clusters each of which was the size of a city block. Sixty-four of these clovers were arranged in a grid with factories enclosing the entire space at the corners. These factories were low-impact facilities where workers would generally assemble products for later use at other locations (no threat of chemical spills or the like - or so they said). These factory buildings were built taller than the apartment buildings that they surrounded to accommodate for the massive amount of machinery that was needed to put their new "localized" labor force to work. The height of the buildings all but drowned the apartment complexes in a perpetual shadow; only receiving a small amount of sunlight for a few hours around noon. Without the sun, the streets became dingy and trash strewn and the squalor of the corporate dream became quickly apparent.Then, three years ago, the first of the Cleaners came to The Warrens.
Those who live in the Warrens are sometimes called "Pine Cones" due to the overwhelming PINE scent in their clothing and on their person.