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But, not to worry, there are plenty of places in the City of Brotherly Love that look just as good as Motown!
I don’t live in foul, fetid, fuming, foggy, filthy Philadelphia, so I don’t have a whole lot of pictures, but you can see more at a Google search for Philadelphia slums.
But, let’s face it: we can find slum pictures in all of our major cities, and virtually all of our major cities have been Democratic bastions for decades upon decades. It is our urban areas which give Democrats their votes, at least in part because the Democrats promise them more money and more programs to lift poor urbanites out of poverty, all the while maintaining those urban areas in blighted conditions. The Democrats tell the voters that it’s the wicked Republicans who are racists, but it is in the Democrat-controlled cities that we find the greatest racial segregation. In New York, Illinois, Michigan and Maryland, blue states all, “more than half of all black students attend schools that are 90% or more non-white.” Very blue New York City is home “to the largest and one of the most segregated public school systems in the nation.” In New Jersey nearly 50% of all black students attend uber-segregated schools; in Pennsylvania that number is about 46%.
Philadelphia, America’s birthplace, is one of a few major cities where the racial demographics skew more or less equally among blacks and whites. But the equality mostly ends there.
Black students in old, hard-scrabble black neighborhoods in North, South West and West Philadelphia mostly attend a handful of hyper-segregated schools with 90% to 100% minority-majority school populations. Schools in these communities have grown more segregated.
And who has led the City of Brotherly Love into the conditions of today? The last Republican mayor was Bernard Samuel, who left office on January 7, 1952. Philadelphia has had Democratic mayors for the last 64½ years.
The Democrats tell us that income inequality is one of the biggest problems facing America, but that leads to the obvious question: where is income inequality the greatest?
By Joel Kotkin | March 20, 2014 @ 04:50 PM
Perhaps no issue looms over American politics more than worsening inequality and the stunting of the road to upward mobility. However, inequality varies widely across America.
Scholars of the geography of American inequality have different theses but on certain issues there seems to be broad agreement. An extensive examination by University of Washington geographer Richard Morrill found that the worst economic inequality is largely in the country’s biggest cities, as well as in isolated rural stretches in places like Appalachia, the Rio Grande Valley and parts of the desert Southwest.
Morrill’s findings puncture the mythology espoused by some urban boosters that packing people together makes for a more productive and “creative” economy, as well as a better environment for upward mobility. A much-discussed report on social mobility in 2013 by Harvard researchers was cited by the New York Times, among others, as evidence of the superiority of the densest metropolitan areas, but it actually found the highest rates of upward mobility in more sprawling, transit-oriented metropolitan areas like Salt Lake City, small cities of the Great Plains such as Bismarck, N.D.; Yankton, S.D.; Pecos, Texas; and even Bakersfield, Calif., a place Columbia University urban planning professor David King wryly labeled “a poster child for sprawl.”
Demographer Wendell Cox pointed out that the Harvard research found that commuting zones (similar to metropolitan areas) with less than 100,000 population average have the highest average upward income mobility.
And further down:
The role of costs is critical here. A 2014 Brookings study showed that the big cities with the most pronounced levels of inequality also have the highest costs: San Francisco, Miami, Boston, Washington, D.C., New York, Oakland, Chicago and Los Angeles. The one notable exception to this correlation is Atlanta. The lowest degree of inequality was found generally in smaller, less expensive cities like Ft. Worth, Texas; Oklahoma City; Raleigh, N.C.; and Mesa, Ariz. Income inequality has risen most rapidly in the bastion of luxury progressivism, San Francisco, where the wages of the 20th percentile of all households declined by $4,300 a year to $21,300 from 2007-12. Indeed when average urban incomes are adjusted for the higher rent and costs, the middle classes in metropolitan areas such as New York, Los Angeles, Portland, Miami and San Francisco have among the lowest real earnings of any metropolitan area.
Those cities listed with less income inequality? They were in Texas, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Arizona, all red states!
Hillary Clinton and the Democrats will tell us how they are fighting for the little guy, how they are going to address income inequality, but their actual record is one of presiding over those areas in which segregation is worst and income inequality is highest. Holding their convention in Philadelphia is most appropriate, given that that city is one of the worst.