But then no one said the Left was logical. City Journal – The Moral Crisis of Skid Row.
A look at Los Angeles and Skid Row. The “epicenter” of the addiction crisis. Gangs. Addiction. Prostitution. A general breakdown of civilization.
But the conditions that prevail, are what the Social Justice Warriors wanted. Because law and order is racist.
Roughly a decade ago, Skid Row’s future looked more hopeful. In 2006, Police Chief William Bratton and Central Division Commander Andrew Smith implemented a strategy of Broken Windows policing for Skid Row, called the Safer Cities Initiative, which led to a 42 percent reduction in major felonies, 50 percent reduction in overdose and natural deaths, and 75 percent reduction in homicides. “We’ve broken the back of the problem,” said Chief Bratton then, reporting that the overall homeless population had been reduced from 1,876 people to 700 people—an astonishing success. (See “The Reclamation of Skid Row,” Autumn 2007.)
The progress proved short-lived. Arguing that Broken Windows policing “criminalizes homelessness,” activists slowly dismantled the Safer Cities Initiative through civil rights lawsuits and public pressure campaigns. Today, Skid Row’s homeless population is estimated to be at least 2,500 people, and crime has been rising for years.
So reductions in overdose deaths were a bad thing. Reductions in homicides were a bad thing. I suppose that means leaving people to die, while living in tents amid filth, that must be a good thing.