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Starling City
Starling City
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Starling City is a major metropolis in the United States of America. The city is home to important businesses and corporations such as Queen Consolidated and Merlyn Global Group. Despite being a thriving metropolis, Starling City is rife with poverty, crime and corruption.


Starling City is made up of various neighborhoods, though the largest (and poorest) is the Glades


Queen Consolidated

The head business of Starling City, Queen Consolidated was founded and lead by Robert Queen until the man's death in 2007. The company was led by Moira's new husband, Walter Steele , until his kidnapping by Malcolm Merlyn in 2012 and was then taken over by Moira until the fulfillment of the Undertaking when she was arrested.

In the following months Queen Consolidated suffered from the backlash, losing much of its influence and interest, until it was near bankrupt. Stellmoor International's vice president of acquisitions, Isabel Rochev, saught to buyout Queen Consolidated, which would result in the firing of all its employers but the company is saved with Walter's help.


  • Verdant was built in an abandoned Queen building and is used as a cover for Oliver Queen's vigilante activities, which happen in the Arrowcave below the building. Verdant is currently under Thea Queen's ownership and management as her brother has become Queen Consolidated's CEO.
  • Poison was built by Max Fuller, and is the only known nightclub other than Verdant.


Starling City is plagued by crime and corruption at all levels of society, from gangs and drug dealers in the streets to corrupt corporate executives such as Adam Hunt.

Gangs and Drug DealingEdit

The two major gangs are the Chinese Triad and Russian mafia, and formerly the Bertinelli family before its demise. Drug dealing has been a major concern for the police department for many years, but they have been unsuccessful in effectively dealing with the issue. The city has suffered of dangerous drug dealing such as when Dr. Webb dealt with the dangerous Vertigo drug throughout the city.


In 2012 shipwrecked billionaire Oliver Queen returned to civilization with the purpose of saving Starling City from the people poisoning it. Acting as the vigilante Green Arrow Oliver dealt major blows to the criminal underworld throughout his first months causing crime rates to lower. Mentally unstable crime lord's daughter, Helena Bertinelli, also acted as a vigilante to exact revenge on her own father, destroying his criminal empire and aiming to murder him. She failed to murder him, however, and he managed to escape from her. After the Earthquake that devastated the city and the Hood's self-imposed retirement, embittered survivors formed a copycat group called the Hoods to exact vigilante vengeance on those they considered guilty of helping in the Glade's destruction. At the same time that appeared Hoods, Starling had the arrival of a mysterious vigilante called The Canary, that this fighting crimes related to misogyny.








  • In the original Green Arrow comics, the city is named "Star City". It was changed to Starling City to match with the grounded atmosphere the show is introducing.
  • In the season 2 trailer of Arrow, it shows a sign that says, Starling City is a Star City.
  • The flyover scenes include cities such as Boston, Philadelphia, Frankfurt, and Houston.
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