In an overcrowded city, the government has found a way of fixing things - move nearly everyone out to country for a while, then tear down the whole city & rebuild it to a new plan. Of course, everyone could not go; some had to stay back to help.
When the time came for crowds to return, they had a surprise waiting...
Fact sheet.First published: Antipodean SF, #127 (December 2008).
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Related: Stories of Mark Tremble.