socalfitness saidFor the past 48 years, Democrats have controlled the city of Baltimore.
During that time, the city's population has fallen 30% and the poverty situation has grown more intense.
During the last five years, the federal government has poured billions of dollars into the poor areas of Baltimore … stimulus money.
Total taxpayer money given: $1.8 billion.
One poor neighborhood, Mid-Town Belvedere, got a whopping $838 million.
That includes $467 million to education, $206 million to the environment, $24 million to "the family," and $15 million to transportation.
The result: Not much improvement.
You really mean no improvement. The billions of dollars given to these democratic ruled northern cities ended on the following:
1. Construction of new freeways and housing projects in the 50s and 60s.
2. Development of convention centers, enclosed shopping malls, luxury hotels, and bank towers in the 60s and 70s.
3. Development of light rail transit lines, sports stadiums and arenas, more office towers and hotels in the 80s and 90s.
4. The worst and most ineffective silver bullet of them all, gambling casinos along with more sports stadiums, luxury hotels, and corporate office towers in the early 2000s.
Meanwhile neighborhoods, local services, schools, parks were all neglected and allowed to deteriorate. Housing stock increasingly owned by absentee landlords and than abandoned altogether. Factories and warehouses that were old and obsolete were left deteriorating and abandoned. Industrial brownfields that were a menace to public health never cleaned up. Violent crime became rampant in these neglected neighborhoods and the police just became a militarized occupying force. Streets and sidewalks with rutted, deteriorated pavement became commonplace yet there was no money available to repair the decrepit infrastructure. Schools horribly underfunded and under equipped that provided a shoddy, second rate education.
Yet the corrupt, incompetent democratic blue cries and whines about shrunken tax bases and no money to help distressed neighborhoods but yet when some wealthy developer blows into town with some extravagant, silver bullet, redevelopment project for downtown or in one of the well off neighborhoods, than all of a sudden there is huge gobs of cash available to implement yet another expensive fantasy disguised as economic development and job creation. The sad fact of the reality is that most urban residents fall for the bullshit and they keep making the horrendous mistake of voting all democrat in municipal elections. It is just a vicious, destructive cycle that has now infested and ruined older inner ring suburbs just outside these troubled cities. Evidently, the rot, decay, and political nepotism is spreading further out.