The Bank Block Is the financial heart of the city. For while It’s true that the corporations run the city; they couldn’t do It without the aid of the banks. It has been said that If the corporate
center Is the “brain” that runs the city, then the bank Block must be the"heart". It pumps the stuff that keeps the brain functioning: cash.
Befitting the “heart” of the City, the streets are always clean here, just as the corporations would have it. The Bank Block is a fitting testament to life in 2020: the world is a nice clean
place as long as you have the cash to keep the scum away.
- The Night City Stock Exchange and Trade Center
Building: This building contains trading areas for all of the
world’s major securities, stock and commodities markets, as
well as brokerage offices for several firms. Included for each
market are computer marketing and telecommunications
areas, which handle part of the business automatically, and
trading pits where deals are made in the good, old-fashioned
push-and-shove manner. Depending on the market or
particular commodity, deals are either processed strictly
through computer, or by humans in the pit. Proper
identification is required to get to the electronic sales areas or
the pits. The building is active 24 hours a day, as there is
always a market open somewhere. Security at the exchange
is provided by a detachment of city police. Computer security
is extremely heavy, to prevent tampering with world markets.
- The Ashcroft Hotel:
This is Night City’s largest. most expensive, and most exclusive
hotel. It is run by the wealthy Ashcroft-Hammersmith family
from England, and favored by wealthy European corporates,
tourists, celebrities and big shots. The hotel is the ultimate in
luxury and service; rooms and suites renting from 300 to
5000 dollars per night There are several fine restaurants
and expensive shops in the hotel, as well. Security is provided
by plain clothes operatives contracted from Dieter-Kauffman
AG, one of the largest German security firms, and is guaranteed
in writing. Reservations are a necessity. The on-site
representative of the family, and manager of the hotel is
Winifred Ashcroft-Hammersmith. As she is reclusive and
eccentric, her daughter Julia does much of the actual work.
- The Night City Medical Center.
This is the closest thing Night City has to a medical school and
research hospital. While not in the business of accepting
charity cases, this hospital does treat patients who subscribe
to most of the available health insurance plans, and it accepts
emergency and Trauma Team cases. It offers these services
because it is Night City’s largest hospital, and because it is
also annexed to Night City’s most prestigious medical
research school. Security throughout most of the hospital is
reasonably light. with notably strict areas confined to the VIP
wards, emergency room, and the biomedical research areas.
There is an armed security team on call at all times. Hot areas
of research at the medical school are bio engineered
enhancement and augmentation, and biological
nanotechnology (biological computers, memory systems,.
and biological/cytological micro-robotics).
- Night City Technical College:
This is a typical, urban technical college, of the variety that
advertises itself on late-night video. Here, the aspiring
student can earn a valuable associate degree in computer
tech or programming, secretarial services, security and law
enforcement. basic cybertech, auto or aircraft repair,
emergency medical technician certification, professional game
design, and so on.