Elected officials in local city governments in some of this nation’s West Coast states (as well as big liberal-run cities in the mid-west and East Coast) continue to refuse to take responsibility for what is happening in their deteriorating city streets and sidewalks. No, it is easier for them to blame Pres. Trump for what they themselves have not only allowed to happen but have promoted and promulgated with their liberal complacence and leftist policies. These cities’ elected democrat officials are nothing but slum lords on a much larger scale than some rundown dilapidated building. But yet, they blame everyone else but themselves. The people in these cities need to stand up and recall those elected officials, and even file class action lawsuits against city governments.
All this has led to these cities literally becoming “shit-holes” in our country, and with no end in sight…
Citizens of these large and liberal democrat-run cities are beyond fed-up. Their businesses are being hurt and broken into, and they are often times threatened by some of those living in the streets. And still their government couldn’t give a shit (pun intended). And with all the human debris and filth come the rats and other opportunistic vermin, and their eventual diseases.
In the summer of 2019, Fox News embarked on an ambitious project to chronicle the toll progressive policies has had on the homeless crisis in four west coast cities: Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland, Ore. In each city, we saw a lack of safety, sanitation, and civility. Residents, the homeless and advocates say they’ve lost faith in their elected officials’ ability to solve the issue. Most of the cities have thrown hundreds of millions of dollars at the problem only to watch it get worse. This is what we saw in Los Angeles.
Some people in these cities are now relocating to other cities or moving to other states, like Texas. However, they generally do not learn their lesson from where they came, and insist on bringing with them their horrible ideological voting habits that are at the foundation of the societal destruction they fled from. They continue to vote for leftist politicians promising the same shit policies that build the shit holes along the Pacific coast.
FNC: California business owner says state’s homeless crisis is forcing her to relocate: Sacramento, California salon owner Elizabeth Novak takes to Twitter to call out Gov. Newsom after being broken into and having to clean up human excrement and trash every week. (VIDEO)
Joel Kotkin @ OCR: The regression of America’s big progressive cities
If there’s anything productive to come from his recent Twitter storm, President Trump’s recent crude attacks on Baltimore Congressman Elijah Cummings have succeeded in bring necessary attention to the increasingly tragic state of our cities. Baltimore’s continued woes, after numerous attempts to position itself as a “comeback city,” illustrates all too poignantly the deep-seated decay in many of our great urban areas.
Baltimore represents an extreme case, but sadly it is not alone. Last year our three largest urban centers — New York, Los Angeles and Chicago — lost people while millennial migration accelerated both to the suburbs and smaller, generally less dense cities. These demographic trends, as well as growing blight, poor schools, decaying infrastructure and, worst of all, expanding homelessness are not merely the result of “racism” or Donald Trump, but have all been exacerbated by policy agendas that are turning many great cities into loony towns.
Take tech rich San Francisco, where decades of tolerance for even extreme deviant behavior has helped create a city with more drug addicts than high school students, and so much feces on the street that one website has created a “poop map.” In Southern California’s far more proletarian city of Los Angeles, we have a downtown filled with overbuilt, overpriced apartments and is, like Baltimore, being overrun with rats. A UN official last year compared conditions on the city’s Skid Row to those of Syrian refugee camps.
One would think such nasty problems would spark something of a political rebellion, as seen in previous decades with the rise of successful, pragmatic mayors — Bob Lanier and Bill White in Houston, Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg in New York, and Richard Riordan in Los Angeles. But so far, at least, many of today’s big city mayors seem more interested in bolstering their “resistance” bona fides than governing effectively. . . .
The new urban politics threatens the future of family neighborhoods, local entrepreneurial ventures as well as an apolitical, exuberant diversity. Immigrants and aspiring minorities want good schools, safe streets and less onerous regulation. Resolutions on sanctuary cities, condemnations of Trump tweets, social justice demands and boasts about combating climate change do little to improve tangibly reality that cities like Baltimore or even superstars like San Francisco, Washington, and New York.
Only when grassroots people and concerned businesses decide to challenge the urban status quo and the virtue-signaling political class can decay and the relentless bifurcation of our cities be reversed.
To recap: On June 20 the Austin City Council repealed ordinances prohibiting homeless camping around town. They had to move on or the police could cite them. Police oppose this policy and went into a low-level revolt. The people oppose this policy and have also gone into a low-level revolt.
The policy went into effect in a political blink on July 1. That very day, tent cities began popping up all over town. Those tent cities grew. A Twitter hashtag — #austinhomeless — grew up to chronicle the issues the city’s residents now face….
The answer, apparently, is yes. Mayor Steve Adler even went to Los Angeles and Seattle to “learn” how to fail more emphatically. But what if “failure” is the point?
Since my last article on this subject, a theory to explain the policy change has swept across Austin and a petition to stop the policy has appeared…..
A theory explaining the insane policy has also gone viral. I’ve heard it from more than one connected person around town. It goes like this.
Austin’s mayor wants to leave his mark on the city. Leaving fecal matter and puddles of urine behind aren’t the endgame but they’re part of the plan. The plan is to expand the city’s convention center to attract even more massive events like SXSW. Thanks to the current and previous city councils, Austin’s streets really can’t handle the increased traffic these events bring, but we’re not supposed to notice that. We’re supposed to be happy they prioritize bicycles over cars, hoping against hope that suit- and dress-wearing professionals will commute on bikes even when it’s 104 degrees outside in April.
Not. Happening. But they don’t care. They want downtown undrivable and they’re succeeding. Thanks to so much high-rise construction going on, the crane has become the unofficial city bird. Get it?
… Mayor Steve Adler wants to expand the convention center, and wants to pass bonds (debt) to pay for it. He also wants to spend a bazillion dollars on pet social projects including for the homeless. The convention center is popular with the business set. The social spending, not so much. That’s usually money thrown down a hole, or into liberal groups and slush funds. So the theory is he wants to bundle the convention center spending in with the homeless spending, and he’s using the horrible homeless camping policy to inflict enough pain on the city to create space for him to attach them so they both get both passed…..
Read both articles in full.
LI: Austin, TX, Will Allow Homeless to Camp on Sidewalks, But Not in Front of City Hall … Of course not. See how that works?