Here is an interesting article about rising violent crime in Baltimore and Chicago. Really only certain neighborhoods in Chicago. It blames poverty, lack of policing (the Ferguson effect), and a surge in demand from suburban white people for drugs.
I hate to break it to the author, but Baltimore and these Chicago neighborhoods were not great places prior to the shooting in Ferguson. There may have been slightly less murders and gunshots, but these were not safe or desirable places to live.
Options to significantly reduce violence are as follows:
- Spend an insane amount of money on cops so there’s one on every block and they’re constantly harassing anybody who stops at a corner or loiters in front of a building. But this could lead to riots eventually, and may require raising taxes on businesses or the few non-violent neighborhoods to the point where you drive the remaining productive people out of the cities.
- Legalize drugs. This is the main economic activity for the gangs that control these areas through violence. Let people buy drugs at local convenience stores, and the gangs lose their main reason for existing and their main motivation for shooting rival gang members. Nobody gets shot over the right to sell Budweiser on a specific street corner.
But keep in mind neither of these proposals will turn Baltimore or Chicago’s South Side into nice places. They will still be violent areas because a lot of the local residents are violent anti-social people. They will, however, be less violent (although number 1 is probably only a short term solution while number 2 could have a real lasting impact.)
As far as alleviating poverty, that’s a bunch of garbage. There are plenty of poor people who don’t shoot each other. If you think giving everybody in Baltimore a few thousand bucks is going to solve anything you’re an idiot or a Democrat.
There is one full proof method to getting rid of violence in these areas. Convince rich people to move there and gentrify the neighborhoods. Driving up the rent and getting rid of section 8 housing will turn these into much nicer places. Of course that’s only because the existing residents will be forced to move and turn some other city or town into a violent cesspool of crime. Kind of like what happened to Ferguson, Missouri.