Bills to Pay
Depending on how loose you are with your definitions, anywhere from a half to two thirds of the Seattle population lives in the Hoods. They very widely, from the worst sort of reeking slum to some pretty decent places to live. Some of them are truly lawless, desperate throngs scrabbling to stay alive in old facilities the corps abandoned after some industrial accident. These places are dangerous for everyone, not just the people who live in them, and although it’s a possible to lose a tail by ducking into the Drydock Hood, sometimes it’s better to keep the tail.
On the other hand, Hoods like South Delridge even get a little tourism, even from the corp enclaves. The corp kids get a thrill from “slumming” without any real danger and the shop and restaurant owners get to charge a hefty premium. South Delridge is kept generally clean by a dedicated, professional, and volunteer police force. Normal, quiet people can live normal, quiet lives there, and a lot of them do.
Most hoods fall somewhere inbetween. The police forces tend towards militia, and militia tend towards four guys in the back of a pickup with assault rifles, but for the most part, firefights in the streets are rare. The corp Council does its semi-disinterested best to impose its law on the city, and the Underground Council tries to keep the fractious Hoods from open warfare with each other.