The Broken Promise of American Cities

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The connection between decay and the politics of progressivism has become painfully clear.

Gonzalez-Cities_092019 Minneapolis skyline rises behind a homeless encampment, 2018 (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

There is a saying used in California when the going gets tough: “At least we have the weather.” No matter how expensive, dangerous, unclean, and generally inhospitable the state’s cities become, “at least we have the weather,” Californians say, as if to soothe their weary bones. As I watched once-safe neighborhoods decay, I, too, would console myself with that pagan thanksgiving to the sun. Hope for a better future in California is rapidly becoming a stillborn dream, as the connection between decay and the politics of progressivism becomes painfully clear.

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