|Subsidizing the black underclass (via a transfer of wealth from white taxpayers) dooms Philadelphia... and all of America|
Though he doesn't come right out and say it, Ehrenhalt leaves the reader with the impression the city of Philadelphia has only future: that of 2013 Detroit.
No matter what investments the government makes with tax-dollars to improve the lives of black citizens in Philadelphia, the black citizens have a tendency to regress these lofty aspirations of social engineering into... failure. It's not a 'plantation' black people are kept upon by neo-slavers (one of the charges by white people against the left/government entitlements), it's their own genetics.
Black people and white people are different.
Ehrenhalt's chapter on Philadelphia makes clear of this, for his discussion of Center City (the heart and soul of an attempt to revitalize Philly) is dripping in the racial reality behind the collapse of urban environments:
To say that Center City is healthy may actually be to understate the case a little bit. A four-block walk down Walnut Street, from the Bellevue hotel at Broad Street to Rittenhouse Square at 18th, is a stroll past amenities comparable to those of Michigan Avenue or Fifth Avenue, but on a much less intimidating scale.
A significant number of Center City pedestrians are conventioneers or foreign tourists. In 2010, they frequented 305 Center City restaurants classified as "fine dining" establishments and watched the passing parade from an array of 213 sidewalk cafes with seating for 3,556.
But while Center City is doing as well as comparable areas of downtown Chicago or New York (better in some places), it is an island of affluence more than an engine of citywide improvement. Venture just a few blocks north or west of the cafes and hotels and well-lit streets, and you are in a dangerous place.
In fact, a very dangerous place.
The vast majority of killings in Philadelphia aren't random attacks on innocent people. They tend to involve drug dealers shooting one another in lawless neighborhoods. If those neighborhoods were some how farther in the distance, on the outskirts of town, it might be easier for those in the center to ignore them. As it is, they are just a little too close for Center City to put out of mind. A walk down any of the streets of Kensington, Frankford, or southwest Philadelphia, row-house neighborhoods built for working-class families that long ago abandoned them, is is a walk through squalor that exceeds what one finds in even the poorest neighborhoods of New York and Chicago.
Every big city has dangerous neighborhoods, but Philadelphia is one of the few in which those places still form a barrier against the expansion of central-city affluence. The physical decay and social disintegration of communities only a short distance from downtown are an immense obstacle. Not far from Center City, a whole ring of neighborhoods looks to be simply too far gone to attract professionals and office workers who might otherwise be tempted by the convenience. "There areas hem in the city," says one longtime observer. "There's a feeling of pushing against the frontier that you don't have in other cities... There's some places in North Philadelphia that it's hard to imagine anyone doing anything with in our lifetime." (p. 137 - 144)So what's happening in Philadelphia today, where the white population continues to decline and the black population continues to rise in number?
|A city like Philadelphia is an achievement of the individuals contributions of a people, collectively aspiring for not just today, but a better tomorrow. It's now a city teeming with the most violent black population in all of America.|
Just a taste:
[Philly's biggest hotel up for sale as tourism slows: report, Philadelphia Inquirer, May 23, 2013]:
A sale "is very possible," says Jay Shah, boss at the Philadelphia-based Hersha hotel group. "Philadelphia is in fact a slow growth market. It is expected to be a lagging market for the next several years due to the lack of corporate demand generators in the city and a significantly underperforming convention center."[Future looks grim for Pa. Convention Center, Philadelphia Inquirer, May 22, 2013]:
THE NEWLY EXPANDED Pennsylvania Convention Center is turning out to be a dud. With a capital D-U-D.
The $1.3 billion structure has failed to attract the convention business promised by those who lobbied for the expansion that nearly doubled its size to 974,000 square feet.
The $780 million expansion - paid entirely with taxpayer dollars - was billed as the key to growing the hotel, restaurant and hospitality sector of the local economy. Two years after the expanded center opened, it has yet to live up to expectations. Worse still, the future looks grim.The key to growing the hotel, restaurant, and hospitality sector of not just the Philadelphia economy, but the Detroit, St. Louis, New Orleans, Memphis, Birmingham, and Baltimore markets is all the same.
It's all the same.
The proliferation of the black underclass via a transfer of wealth from white tax-payers (money that should be going to grow the white population, subsidizing the birthrate of the very people responsible for the miracle that was "America") to the very people responsible for the destruction/crime/misery/blight surrounding Center City and driving away tourism/conventions is an intolerable proposition.
One can truly judge the health of a city in 2013 (and its future) by simply one metric -- the overall percentage of the black population.
Nothing more; nothing less.
The Center City cannot hold