t3knomanser: For a big chunk of the 20th century, urban planners worshiped at the altar of the car. They redesigned cities to have more roads, more parking, and more traffic. Their hope was to draw suburbanites back to the cities to work and play, while they would return home to sleep. The actual result was that they came for work and left, causing cities to close up shop at 5pm.
Fark It: In Chicago, during the 80s and early 90s, when the crime was really, really bad and the city clocked 900 murders a year, the authorities decided to raze the project towers that dotted the city. Thousands and thousands of these residents were pushed out into suburban Cook County. Of course, the city saw a big drop in crime beginning in the mid-90s. A lot of these project towers were in neighborhoods that now have Whole Foods and multi-million dollar condos. The residents are long-gone. The crime moved, it did not disappear. Chicago used dynamite to get rid of their tenement slums. NYC uses rent control, zoning, economic policy. The effect is the same. The crime moves to the suburbs. It follows the poor, the people who get priced out of their neighborhoods.Stop-and-frisk is not about saving lives or reducing crime, it's about moving crime. It's about moving crime away from the playground of the super rich and making sure the poors know their place.
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