They claimed it was for safety. Make the cage pretty. Pamper the masses. Chip away at their rights bit by bit. Slow at first, then wham hit hard.
The circular lights, an innovative 21st-century solution to lamp posts. The solar power source to save the planet. A time to rejoice. Cameras added to monitor the streets, pinging to GPS and facial recognition. To stop the unlawful. Privacy became non-existent. Any voice of resistance, arrested, disposed of. Opposition cheered, until they became the next target.
The government grew in supremacy. A rebellion waited around the corner. Perhaps what the influential wanted all along. Money in war.