By Dave Gibson, September 9, 2020
Over the last few months, the riots, looting, and violence that has become, yet another “new normal,” may be dishing-out the final blow to the appeal of city life. When you combine the still, largely unabated crime with the COVID lock downs, working from home, and ‘virtual learning’ for school children, that ‘luxury condo’ in an important metropolis has begun to feel more like a prison cell for many.
Last month, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) released an updated list of so-called ‘sanctuary cities,’ where local authorities have made it official policy to refuse all cooperation with federal immigration authorities and actually protect criminal aliens (even the violent ones) from deportation. Of course, this places all of the residents of these cities in danger, often meeting with tragic results.
On August 14, 2020, police in New York City arrested illegal alien, Denery Steven Lemus-Najarro on a weapons charge. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) lodged a detainer against him, but due to that city’s sanctuary policy, he was quickly released, and four days later, the gang member was charged with a shooting.
That aforementioned CIS list contains the cities of Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Charlotte, NC; Denver, CO; Hartford, CT; Iowa City, IA; Minneapolis, MN; Philadelphia, PA, along with basically all of California. Additionally, nearly every small city and county run by Democrats has an ‘unofficial’ policy in place, protecting illegal aliens who run afoul of the law.
The lack of safety and basic quality of life issues are now driving folks from these places.
On August 11, The New York Post ran a piece, entitled “New Yorkers Keep Moving Out of the City to the Suburbs, Other States.”
The article stated: “FlatRate Movers said the 100 moves a day it does in the city are very different from previous years. ‘We used to move a lot of people from Brooklyn to Manhattan or Queens,’ said David Giampietro, the company’s chief administrative officer. ‘Now it’s the mileage. We’re not going 5 miles anymore. It’s more like 20, 30, 40′ to New Jersey, Connecticut, and upstate.’ ”
People are leaving the, now-rotting ‘Big Apple,’ for a host of reasons. The lock down has closed restaurants and bars, and dimmed the lights on Broadway, essentially ending the nightlife for which New York is famous. And, crime is now sky-rocketing in the city, thanks to Mayor Bill DeBlasio ordering police to take a more ‘hands-off’ approach to criminals.
In mid-August, over a one-week period in NYC, shootings were up 142 percent, murders were up 40 percent, rape was up 11 percent and car theft was up 72 percent, as compared to the same week in 2019, reported The Daily Mail.
Of course, it’s not just New York City that is experiencing a crime wave, stay-at-home orders and a mass exodus. The same patterns are occurring all across the country, as children are stuck indoors, while their parents struggle to keep their sanity while attending a ‘virtual meeting’ locked in the bathroom.
When the need to work inside an office vanishes, and children attend school at the kitchen table, and you live with the knowledge that a riot could break out at any moment, cities really become useless to productive people.
Things will never return to the ‘old normal!’
If this lock down ever ends, companies will not continue to pay rent and utilities for large office spaces, as they have learned their employees can easily work from home, thus, saving the company a great deal of money. At the same time, there will likely be a surge in home schooling, as kids are effectively, already doing that, and parents become more aware of the public school curriculum, they will likely opt for one that actually prepares their children for success.
Over the next few years, we will see the tax base of every big city continue to shrink as earners flee these crime-ridden, cramped, now obsolete spaces. Basically, everyone who can move out of the cities, will do so.
Dave Gibson is an author, blogger, and cultural observer.
Escape from New York is an eerily prescient movie from the 80s.