Lattice Light City

New Exeter was one of the largest cities in the U.S.  Located on the eastern coast of Maine, New Exeter became a hub for scientific innovation and advancement.  The most notable of these innovators was Dr. Phillip Redman.  In 2052, Redman introduced the idea of a “Street Grid.”  This Grid was an advanced system that would be installed under every street in the city.  It would guide self-driving vehicles to their destinations, while also powering them using nearby solar and hydroelectric sources.  This eliminated a massive chunk of human dependence on fossil fuel.  New Exeter was the only city in the United States to adopt this system as a standard, with the hopes that other cities would soon follow.  The Grid was installed under every single road.  The way to read whether or not it was functioning correctly, were the series of lights that are visible between the road and sidewalk.  Blue means the section is functioning normally, while red indicates an issue.  When the city is viewed from above at night, the lights from every street are visible, and make a lattice-like pattern.  Photos of this incredible sight were shared around the world and became an international sensation.  Thanks to the rise in scientific interest that this caused, New Exeter was officially renamed Lattice Light City in 2056.  It is, to this day, considered the best place in the world for anyone interested in working in science or engineering.  This attracts two different kinds of people.  People hoping to make large strides in the field of science to better the advancement of mankind, and, unfortunately, people hoping to destroy it.