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Old 04-15-2016, 04:36 PM
Location: New York NY
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You see me writing those phrases "trying to find solutions" "fighting to build" "making efforts" and the like, because there are no universal solutions to these serious social problems, only at best partial solutions--and according to you partial solutions are just "sweeping the problem under the rug."

Some historical perspective is necessary: crime is bad in parts of Chicago now, and generally low in NYC. But thirty years ago crime was off the charts in both cities, with hundreds more murders and violent crimes each year. It took time to lower those crime rates, which was partly a result of better policing, plus some factors outside of local control, such as Draconian state and federal drug laws, and the end of the crack epidemic. The point is that there is no magic bullet, and you simply cannot compare and run a large city government like a big company.

And homelessness occurs for two primary reasons: lack of affordable housing and mental health/substance abuse problems. Both LA and SF are getting funding for affordable housing, for example. But you can't make people use it--and the reason so many crazies wonder the streets is outside of local control. States have mostly closed long-term mental hospitals, and by law, it's impossible anymore to confine people anywhere without their consent. Moreover the jails and prisons are already full of crazies. By some estimates 1/3 of all prisoners have serious mental illnesses. It is a difficult problem and while non-profits are working on it, the private sector has proven more than useless. (Except at building private prisons).

And I don't know where you live, but if you think NYC has "solved" its homeless problem, the state of its public schools, or its crime issues (especially in poor neighborhoods) you just haven't been here recently. To think that big cities are failures because they cannot quickly solve their most intractable and difficult social issues, or that they private sector could do it better, is just plain silly.
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Old 04-15-2016, 06:10 PM
Location: Westminster/Huntington Beach, CA
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It doesn't help that multiple states have sent and continue to send their mentally ill homeless patients to LA on one-way bus tickets. If that doesn't come to an end then the problem will just continue to get worse.
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