Heywood is a neighborhood of contrast—from modern skyscrapers and parks in the north, to dangerous, inhospitable slums in the south. It's "the biggest bedroom in Night City", where gangs like Valentinos and 6th Street get down to business—legal and illegal alike.
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.
After Night City got taken over by corporations, the government moved to Glen. It's now a state-owned sub-district with a town hall, mayor's office, court and a big NCPD station.
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.
In some ways, Heywood is the Westbrook of the southeast: a bedroom-and-bar borough in a semicircle outside the City Center. Heywood trends decidedly more down-market, true, but it has the same basic ingredients. Japantown’s role as neon-lit money sponge is played by the strip of restaurants and shopping malls near the coast in Wellsprings. Charter Hill’s offer of aspirational-yet-achievable real estate is echoed by Heywood’s modest middle areas. North Oak’s villas are… well, Heywood has some nice townhouses.
In most ways, though, Heywood is unique. By 2077, the middle-class has mostly disappeared, forced into poverty as the ridiculously rich got ridiculously richer. Yet somehow, Heywood manages to approximate a middle-class district all the same: here live those who can scrape together enough to get out of Watson, Pacifica or the wastelands outside town, but not enough to buy their way into Charter Hill. These lucky few cling tightly to their recognizably decent standard of living. It is no surprise, then, that Heywood’s residents love their district, warts, violent gangs and all, with fierce pride.