The town of Kourou, while smaller than Cayenne, is considerably more modernized. The local headquarters of Saeder-Krupp dominates the town center. The area within a few blocks of the Saeder-Krupp building is relatively clean and prosperous, as it provides housing, shopping and entertainment for the corporate employees (and the occasional tourist). Anything beyond that area is run-down and poverty stricken. Proteus employees generally meet all their shopping and recreational needs within the arkoblock, and rarely even see Kourou proper.