I decided to squeeze in an Environment of the Week (EOW) contest over at Conceptart.org.
I ended up winning by only one vote. (Though barely anyone voted in this contest. It could have swung 3 different ways easily. Guess I lucked out.)
Heres the thread: [link]
My idea is sort of an industrial alternate reality in which workers in an enormous power plant must "bicycle" their way across a long "track" from a mountain of shabby modern suburban-style dwellings to the monolithic entity. The irony being that even though there's an enormous industrial power plant city across the chasm, they're still actually using HPV's (Human Powered Vehicles). (These are like bicycles, only they, via a chain, transfer the rotating force to a wheel that digs into little notches on the tether and propel the bicyclist forward. Once they get to the other side, they simply detach their "bicycle", fold it up, and store it in a locker area until it's time to return home. One would think that the plant would be so easily able to supply power for an easier (and safer) form of public transportation! They don't just walk across because the area is so high that the work of returning to the ground and then making oneself up to their work area would be a lot more effort and take more time.