“The city is past being a city now; it’s gone,” said Kendrick Benguche, whose family lives on a block with a single streetlight, just down from a vacant firehouse that sits beside a burned-out home. The Detroit police’s average response time to calls for the highest-priority crimes this year was 58 minutes, officials now overseeing the city say. The department’s recent rate of solving cases was 8.7 percent, far lower, the officials acknowledge, than clearance rates in cities like Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and St. Louis. […]Ms. [LaTanya] Boyce goes to the park for exercise, wearing a fanny pack that at times contains a gun—“Do you see any city police here?”—and bemoaning several locked restrooms that have portable toilets planted in front of them.
Make no mistake: when your city can’t find enough money or manpower to fulfill the minimum requirements of law enforcement and emergency response, you live in a failed enterprise. When citizens try to treat medical emergencies themselves, carry handguns in public parks out of fear, and lose faith in public officials faster than those officials can resign, you don’t just live in a city with a debt problem; you live in a social and political cataclysm for which the label “free society” is wholly inappropriate.This is one of the most traumatic and heart wrenching stories unfolding in American life today. The NYT has been covering it more as of late, but the MSM and Democratic coalition generally have failed to give it the attention and concern it deserves. Decades of blue policies and corrupt, one-party machine politics created this mess. Those who cheered it on while it careened off a cliff should at least be forced to look at the wreckage down below.[Image of abandoned theater in Detroit courtesy of Shutterstock]