Renton is known as a quiet district of residential sectors, malls, golf courses, private parks, and country clubs. Traditionally conservative, Renton houses the Metroplex headquarters of both the Humanis Policlub and the People of the Book. The district’s economy has been in a slump since the Crash of ’64, though, with crime and violence spilling in from Redmond, poverty and gangs on the rise, and the terminally bored local youth immersing themselves completely in chips, alcohol, and drugs.
Renton is hometo a high number of software development and security firms. The former took a dive during the Crash, but some have revived their business by focusing on AR programming and design. Emerald City Graphics, with their main offices in Renton, serves as a model example. A few others focus on Matrix security “bounty hunting”—other companies pay them to find their vulnerabilities. The security firms did better than ever thanks to the Crash, which spurred a wave of buy-outs as the big players like Petrovski Security (MCT), Wolverine, and Knight Errant (who maintain a training facility here) gobbled them up. A few local players remain, but pressure from the mega corps to sell out increases by the day.
Renton is a Mafia stronghold, not surprising since so many of them actually livein the district. The Finnigan Family is most firmly entrenched in the influence peddling that pervades the district. Yakuza sokaiya also operate in Renton, making personal visits to shareholders and executives for various white-collar crime and blackmail schemes.