The L is a settlement in Brick City, a community located in the ruins of urban waste of central and southern portions of Newark.
The area that would become The L was one of the last in the city of Newark to be developed. Until the late nineteenth century, much of it was still farmland, owned by Dutch and English Protestants, or undeveloped completely. Immigrants from Eastern Europe, especially Jews, began settling in the area in droves, and eventually developed it a middle-class residential neighborhood. African-Americans from the south followed in the wake of World War II, and the area became a racially-diverse working and middle-class residential area.
Because of the lawlessness of the city, a booming black market exists openly in The L. Slavery is the only vice that is not tolerated in the open, thanks to the influence of the East Coast Catholic Church, but even booming slave operations can be found there if one knows where to look. Despite there being no real law enforcement to speak of, most merchants feel safe, as residents generally know that almost everybody is connected to someone else, and actions all have consequences.
There is no actual government in The L. There is something of a unwritten, unofficial code order that is enforced between gangs, merchants, mercenaries, and others to prevent the complete and outright slaughter of everyone living in the area, but by and large, people are left to their own devices.
The L is made of a tract of land that is roughly shaped like an L. The northernmost boundary of El is Interstate 280, while it’s westernmost boundary is the Garden State Parkway. The southern boundary of the settlement follows the curve of Interstate 78. In the south, it extends eastward to Route 9 and the border of Terminal City. In the central and northern portion of the settlement, it extends to Bergen Avenue.
The L is the most populated region of Brick City, but it has no formal ruler. As such, individuals more or less do what they want with no repercussions, so long as someone else does not take umbrage to what they are doing. As a result of this, The L is more or less a lawless hive of scum and villainy. People living there are looked down upon by residents from other settlements. It is because of all of the riff-raff in The L that Basilica, Terminal City, and New Lisbon are all walled off, with very strict policies regarding letting outsiders in.