My apartment overlooks chase square. A very rich part of town, very safe. And of course, barely ten minutes walk from one of the worst sinkholes in the city.
Because it's always like that, isn't it?
— Spider Jerusalem, Transmetropolitan
"Waterside is where people are poor. That makes them beggars, thieves, and whores. Hillside is where people are rich. That makes them solicitors, politicians, and courtesans."
— Kvothe, The Name of the Wind
"It seems that the company has found a way to turn light itself into a valuable commodity that can be bought and sold. As the title implies, one of the companyís business models involves the construction of artificial suns. Thereís the suggestion that access to the light created by these suns has bee restricted — access to sunlight is a privilege of the higher class, and certainly not something that the working class need to be concerned about....Itís an absolutely terrifying thought, that a world could exist materialistic enough to commoditise sunlight itself."
"I mean, New York always had the reputation for being hostile, like there were always jokes about the guy lying in the street and everybody walking over him. But you didn't feel like you were taking your life into your hands and that people there were going to kill you, the sense you get when you walk through the city today. And also, you didn't have the same sense of super-wealth right next to grinding poverty—like today you see people sitting at a fancy restaurant drinking wine, and some homeless person lying on the street right in front of them. There wasn't quite that kind of thing either."
—Noam Chomsky, Understanding Power