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Old October 25 2011, 11:39 PM   #1
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Why is Gotham such a crap hole?

I mean it's literally the worst place in the DC universe to live and, yet, it seems quite a great deal of people live there. The streets seemed filled with sociopaths only one of which is actually doing any "good." And the one place in the city where those sociopaths are held completely fails at its one function.

Arkham. A place so terrible at functioning it doesn't have revolving door policy with inmates it has an open door policy.

Come on, Batman, I think you need to up your game a tiny bit.
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Old October 25 2011, 11:48 PM   #2
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Re: Why is Gotham such a crap hole?

Gotham City and Batman on blast!

Well my assumption it's such a shithole is because there is so much crime. With the mafias battling it out and the Rogues Gallery members escaping Arkham and plundering the city, it's probably a wee bit difficult for one man and his various sidekicks to consistently maintain it but at least he's trying. Can't say so much for you Trekker, why aren't you out there helping this fictional character to clean this fictional city of all the filth and scumbags? Huh Trekker, huh?
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Old October 26 2011, 12:11 AM   #3
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Re: Why is Gotham such a crap hole?

I imagine the citizens of Gotham are mostly chained by their socio-economic status. Lots of places hiring, but mostly crappy jobs that barely let them get by. Have a job in Gotham, or risk being homeless somewhere else -- assuming you could literally make it out of town.

Then I imagine the middle level people are making a decent amount of money, but their evnironment sucks, and it comes down to do I want to be poor in another city or make a decent amount here? A lot of people just choose consistancy.

I'm not famillar with Batman lore, though, so I may be totally offbase as to the economic status of Gotham. : P
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Old October 26 2011, 12:15 AM   #4
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Re: Why is Gotham such a crap hole?

Hmm kind of sounds very timely with actual world events.

#OccupyGothamCity.

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Old October 26 2011, 12:28 AM   #5
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Re: Why is Gotham such a crap hole?

Well technically EVERY city in the DCU has problems. Imagine living in Metropolis where the criminals have superpowers or you face rampaging aliens and threats from the future or parallel universes.

The face is that unlike a lot of other places in the DCU, Gotham is a fairly normal city. The criminals are heinous, but at least they are human and commit normal crimes.

In truth, Gotham is a lot like 1920s-30s New York or Chicago. Filled with crime and corruption, with no one really willing or able to do anything about it. Yet despite all of that...people still lived in Chicago and New York.

Hell...there are worse places in the world NOW with all sorts of crime and decay...and those cities tend to be even bigger
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Old October 26 2011, 12:49 AM   #6
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Re: Why is Gotham such a crap hole?

Metropolis still has a higher standard of living and greater infrastructure investments.

Gotham is a decaying city with its best days in its past and rampant super crime and corruption.
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Old October 26 2011, 12:53 AM   #7
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Re: Why is Gotham such a crap hole?

Trekker4747 wrote: View Post
Come on, Batman, I think you need to up your game a tiny bit.
IIRC Batman had a hand in creating more than one of those who plague his city.
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Old October 26 2011, 02:19 AM   #8
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Re: Why is Gotham such a crap hole?

A lot of real world major cities have been, or are, arguably shitholes but people-often very wealthy people-still live there.

Think NY in the 1970s or Washington, Miami or Philly today.
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Old October 26 2011, 02:19 AM   #9
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Re: Why is Gotham such a crap hole?

A lot of real world major cities have been, or are, arguably shitholes but people-often very wealthy people-still live there.

Think NY in the 1970s or Washington, Miami or Philly today.
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Old October 26 2011, 02:39 AM   #10
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Re: Why is Gotham such a crap hole?

Washington isn't that bad. Just Southeast.
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Old October 26 2011, 02:43 AM   #11
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Re: Why is Gotham such a crap hole?

Real reason? Gotham being a crap-hole is too integral to Batman. If the City even cleaned up a little bit it would mess things up too much for the story to still happen.

In-Universe, Bruce won't give up on the city so he uses his wealth to keep it alive as much as he can.
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Old October 26 2011, 02:45 AM   #12
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Re: Why is Gotham such a crap hole?

doubleohfive wrote: View Post
Washington isn't that bad. Just Southeast.
I personally really like visiting DC and haven't noticed much of aproblem. However, I looked up "most dangerous US cities" and DC was there.
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Old October 26 2011, 03:02 AM   #13
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Gotham Central wrote: View Post
Well technically EVERY city in the DCU has problems. Imagine living in Metropolis where the criminals have superpowers or you face rampaging aliens and threats from the future or parallel universes.
Not to mention living under the thumb of Lex Luthor and his real estate acquistions. Property taxes must be crazy.
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Old October 26 2011, 03:12 AM   #14
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Re: Why is Gotham such a crap hole?

No what really sucks about it, is that the heroes of the DC universe frankly seem more then to let the place go to hell. Its easily the worst of any US major city, yet the legion of heroes across the US due nothing about it. Yet we have heroes with such vast powers that even if they lived on the other side of the nation could easily spend some time there each and every day.

Even a shared universe with such a variety of beings whose powers dwarf those at Gotham, mean someone like WW, Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Superman (and all with legacy versions of themselves or multiple beings of similar powers) could easily stop the threats that arise in minutes, some in literal seconds.
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Old October 26 2011, 03:25 AM   #15
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Re: Why is Gotham such a crap hole?

^ It would all boil down to a territory thing.

Batman must fix Gotham.

Superman must keep Metropolis in order.

Basically a "You worry about your own section and i'll deal with mine"
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