|This article is about the location in Cyberpunk 2077. For other uses, see Heywood (disambiguation).|
The Heywood District is one of the six districts of Night City in Cyberpunk 2077. It contrasts a rich beautiful look in the North, with the South comprising of poverty ridden slums where gangs like the Valentinos and 6th Street reside in.
Heywood is seen as a district of complete contrast. The north, borders the City Center, and is where you'll find lush parks and modern skyscrapers towering high above. However further south, the district changes drastically, with dangerous and unwelcoming slums dominating the urban landscape. The Valentinos and 6th Street gangs have control over this district, and are constantly fighting.
It's known by the locals as "the biggest bedroom in Night City." Due to a majority living in this area. The richer parts of Heywood are primarily occupied by corpos. For every rule, there's always the exception — an odd soul from outside the corporate circle that occasionally manages to get an apartment. The rest are just happy they get to live in Heywood, with their only realistic alternatives being Pacifica or the industrial wasteland outside of the city.
Wellsprings, the safest part of Heywood, is full of working stiffs and underpaid corporate employees. Much like any other American city in 2077.
Vista del Rey is the poorest part of the district. It's heavily under-invested, crime ridden, and slowly descending further into chaos, with many residents moving to other locations and more gang members moving into the empty void.
During the Time of the Red, the old Heywood was divided into a northern mostly English-speaking area; while the south was populated by Spanish-speaking families who called that area Santo Domingo. In time, the northern population crossed the channel west to South Night City, taking the name of Heywood with them. The population of Santo Domingo grew, and instead spread to the older Japantown and Little China areas, thus Vista del Rey was born.
Heywood is a district of contradictions. The northern part that borders the City Center is modern and well-kept, proud of its stunning megabuildings, parks, and places that are open to the public. But all you have to is go a few blocks southeast and the scenery starts to change dramatically. This part of Heywood is much poorer and more dangerous. The buildings are smaller and the streets are controlled by the Valentinos and the 6th Street Gang. If you know your place and keep your head down, Heywood isn't really so bad. After all, it's where most of Night City sleeps. If you're not a corpo and you score an apartment in the richer part of the district, then you've just won the lottery. Otherwise, just be happy you live in Heywood. In Night City, things could always be worse.
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