Alabaster Cities Not Gleaming

In Fresno, California the theft of copper wire from street lights has become a major crisis.  At this point, the loss of copper wire and the cost of repairing street lights is costing Fresno about $50,000 a month.  So far, approximately2,500 street lights have been stripped of their wiring.

Over on the east coast, there are some cities that have lost so much industry that many young people feel as though there are not many viable options left other than selling drugs or selling their bodies.

In an extraordinary article entitled “City of Ruins“, Chris Hedges did an amazing job of documenting the nightmarish decline of Camden, New Jersey.  Today, it is estimated that the actual rate of unemployment in Camden is somewhere around 30 or 40 percent.  For most young people in Camden, there are very few legitimate opportunities for a better life at this point.  The following is a brief excerpt from “City of Ruins”….

There are perhaps a hundred open-air drug markets, most run by gangs like the Bloods, the Latin Kings, Los Nietos and MS-13. Knots of young men in black leather jackets and baggy sweatshirts sell weed and crack to clients, many of whom drive in from the suburbs. The drug trade is one of the city’s few thriving businesses. A weapon, police say, is never more than a few feet away, usually stashed behind a trash can, in the grass or on a porch.

If the area where you live has not gotten that bad yet, you should be thankful.  But the reality is that these economic conditions are spreading and they will get to where you live soon enough.

http://www.prisonplanet.com/formerly-great-cities-all-over-america-are-turning-into-open-festering-sores.html

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