What was the general quality of life on Coruscant for the common citizen, during the days of the Galactic Empire?

In particular, were conditions worse on Coruscant than somewhere like Tatooine?

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    This seems very open-ended... I don't really think this is an appropriate question for SE.
    – Catija
    Jul 11, 2016 at 22:54
  • Please add some more specific aspects of life on Coruscant that you're curious about. Discussing "what life was like" is awfully broad. Jul 11, 2016 at 22:56
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    This is a repeat of a previous question, now deleted. Please narrow it down, or it too will probably be closed as "Too Broad" again.
    – Adamant
    Jul 11, 2016 at 22:57
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    What constitutes a "common citizen?"
    – Rogue Jedi
    Jul 12, 2016 at 0:09
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    I edited your question to focus more narrowly on what you seem to be asking. Feel free to revert if the intended meaning was lost.
    – Adamant
    Jul 12, 2016 at 0:16

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In the new "Tarkin" novel, there's a pretty good description of Coruscant during the period of Empire. Basically it's pretty nice and the average Coruscanti citizen seems reasonably happy with their lot in life. There are mentions of work being readily available (especially in construction) and a good range of facilities, sporting events, cultural activities and general entertainments.

Certainly the lowest levels and industrial areas were heavily crime-ridden and gang-controlled (something that Palpatine had secretly allowed during the Clone Wars) but this was being brought under control by Vader and his underworld contacts and for the most part, it was non-humans (living in ghettos) that populated the lowest levels rather than human communities.

He had heard that one needn’t have been absent from Coruscant for years to be startled by the changes, in that each day saw buildings raised, demolished, incorporated into ever larger and taller monstrosities, or merely stripped of Republic-era ornamentation and renovated in accordance with a more severe aesthetic. Curved lines were yielding to harsh angles; sophistication to declaration. Fashions had changed along similar lines, with few outside the Imperial court affecting cloaks, headcloths, or garish robes. By most accounts, though, Coruscanti were satisfied, especially those who lived and worked in the upper tiers of the fathomless cityscape; content if for no other reason than to have the brutal war behind them.

Tarkin: A Novel

We (the viewer) don't spend a lot of time at ground level for obvious reasons, but by all accounts the standard of living for the average Coruscanti is vastly above that of the average Tatooinian. For those that are below the average (which primarily includes non-humans), things are admittedly pretty shitty. The air is polluted near the ground and crime is endemic.

Wealthy citizens in the city's upper levels breathe rich, filtered air. Undercity dwellers, however, are forced to inhale the toxic fumes from millennia of vehicle and factory waste

Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know

The new (canon) comic Obi-Wan and Anakin #2 gives us a glimpse into the actual living conditions of those who live in the "sub-surface" areas of the planet. As you can see, it's dusty, dirty, dark and decidedly unpleasant, albeit not without its crude charms.

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    Why the heck are people downvoting this?
    – Null
    Jul 11, 2016 at 23:58
  • @Null - The original question was a bit open-ended (and indeed a dupe of a closed question). It certainly didn't deserve closing, but I can see why some might have felt that way. My answer seems to have gotten caught in the crossfire.
    – Valorum
    Jul 12, 2016 at 0:06
  • The original post was too broad, in my view, because it asked "what life was like" on Coruscant, when (like any planet-sized city) there was a broad spectrum of classes, living in conditions that varied from from sub-Tatooine poverty to unimaginable luxury and power. Narrowing it to ask about the average or common resident makes it meaningful, though, just as one could meaningfully ask about the average quality of life in Japan relative to Colombia. I declined to VTC and upvoted accordingly. Not that your answer was downvote-worthy in any case.
    – Adamant
    Jul 12, 2016 at 0:22
  • @Null - lack hand-drawn circles? Jul 12, 2016 at 19:03

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