Shadowrun - Just Another Job
The Plastic Jungle
The Plastic Jungles are quite a sight, even by Seattle standards. Acres of dirty grayish and tattered canopies of bioplastic stretched high overhead from support struts create a near-tropical world underneath, warm and filled with greenery, the rainwater and (to a degree) the air filtered by the bioplastic netting and the plant-life. There are small trees and bushes, creeping and climbing vines, and exotic flowers in every color of the rainbow, filling the air with a heady scent. Under the foliage are tents and shelters built out of discarded bioplastic sheeting, scrap wood and plastic, thatching and materials from the jungles. It is a strange indoor-outdoor rainforest on the outskirts of one of the largest cities in the world.
Back around the turn of the century, a wealthy agriculturist built a series of massive greenhouses in northwestern Redmond, near Echo Lake. The tent-like buildings were several kilometers across and stood on land considered too polluted with toxic contaminants to grow anything. The agriculturist proved the skeptics wrong – almost. The land yielded amazing harvests of food, but most of it was too contaminated for human consumption.
So the greenhouses were converted to grow tropical plants and flowers until the Crash of '29, when the owner lost his entire fortune and the complex went into receivership. As the depression left by the crash worsened and Redmond was slowly abandoned, nobody bothered to look after the place. Since then, the abandoned agri-domes have become home for much of Redmond's metahuman population, the various plants and flowers allowed to grow wild.
The metahuman sqautters in the Plastic Jungles are understandably mistrustful of outsiders, especially humans. They are organized into neo-primitive tribes, living off the land. Ironically, decades of land-reclamation here have worked and managed to clean up the area enough to grow food again. This makes the Jungles targets for Barrens gangs and scavengers looking to steal harvests and food supplies.