What Happened to Our Once-Great Cities?

2019 July 30
by bc3b

President Trump created a firestorm with his comments about Baltimore. But you can insert dozens of other cities in place of Baltimore – Detroit, Cleveland, Newark, Flint, Philadelphia, Columbus, Milwaukee, Memphis, St. Louis, Dallas, Los Angeles and Camden to name but a few.

They were all once great cities – with safe, livable, clean neighborhoods, good schools. Citizens cared and they took responsibility. Because they didn’t leave garbage lying around most neighborhoods were rodent-free. People were happy with their lives. Most didn’t think about fleeing to the suburbs. They identified with their neighborhood, their church and local schools.

In the 1960s everything changed. There were riots, starting in Detroit and spreading to many other major cities. In addition federal courts mandated busing to achieve immigration. Cities like Pontiac went from 70% white/30% black to 20% white/80% black almost overnight. Within 10-15 years there was a definite change. What had been a safe, clean neighborhood took on the appearance of a slum. Crime rose. The neighborhood became rat-infested. Schools went quickly downhill.

Few neighborhoods made as drastic a change as my old high school neighborhood. It was very middle-class (mostly Polish), safe, clean. About three miles away was a middle class black neighborhood – mostly two-parent families that took responsibility for their lives and their neighborhood. Their goals were the same as white middle class families – making sure their children had the tools to succeed in life.

Today my old high school neighborhood is the third most dangerous Zip Code in the entire United States.

The government’s solution was the same in the 1960s as it is today – throw money at the problem with Model Cities and other programs. Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society made it possible for men to father children with multiple women and never take responsibility because of welfare.

There never was any talk about taking responsibility for the neighborhood just as there is never any talk about taking responsibility for children that you father. Anyone doing that would be labeled as racissst by the left, just as President Trump is being labeled.

Donald Trump isn’t known for political correctness. As he often does, he lays things out for everyone to see and says what no other government official will say. We have pumped trillions into federal programs and nothing changes. With his position of power, Elijah Cummings has pumped billions into the Baltimore area and no one has really benefited (except his and his wife’s cronies).

The left always wants to have a discussion on race. The problem is that their idea of a discussion is for working class Americans being preached to – no discussion of root problems and real solutions.

If the Poles, Italians or Chinese lived a lifestyle where 72 percent of babies were born out of wedlock with “dad” taking off, high drop out rates and high crime eight generations after coming to the US, would they enjoy equality today?

33 Responses leave one →
  1. 2019 July 30 9:35 pm
    justrand permalink

    Bc3b: “What Happened to Our Once-Great Cities?”


    Next question, please.

    P.s. And thx again to Fight On for risking serious brain damage watching the Dem “debate” so we didn’t have to.

  2. 2019 July 31 3:24 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    Beautiful photo!

  3. 2019 July 31 5:12 am
    bc3b permalink

    I think its a combination of Democrats and a change in the cities’ inhabitants – people who cared and took responsibility versus those that don’t.

    When I went to high school the greatest danger was being chased by an elderly Polish lady with a rake if you cut across her perfectly manicured lawn.

    There is an area near the University of Detroit that is every bit as immaculate as it was 40 years ago. The residents care and take responsibility. They send their children to Gesu Catholic even if they aren’t Catholic.

  4. 2019 July 31 8:18 am
    justrand permalink

    I am sooooo beyond sick & tired of Democrats & the media (same exact people) deciding that a “Racist” is ANYBODY and EVERYBODY they don’t like.

    Especially President Trump.

    President Trump has done more for Blacks and Hispanics since he has been President than Obama EVER did.

    And BEFORE he started running for President, Trump was LAUDED by the NAACP, and every manner of celebrity and politician in the country as being the furthest thing FROM a “Racist”.

    Yet every day they SHOUT out their nonsense. And declare whatever he does or doesn’t do, to be “RACIST!”

    Only an IDIOT believes them.

  5. 2019 July 31 8:32 am
    fight on permalink

    Thanks JR,

    We need to find a way to keep Marianne Williamson in the race. Wow what a nutjob.

    The only enjoyable moments are watching blue on blue fights.

  6. 2019 July 31 8:41 am
    bc3b permalink

    fight on #5 –

    Some how, some wat God will reward you for taking a hit for the rest of us.

  7. 2019 July 31 8:42 am
    bc3b permalink

    Rachel Maddow’s ratings fall:


    How could people not want to watch an ugly lesbian?

  8. 2019 July 31 8:44 am
    fight on permalink

    I tried posting the linked article from the Liberty daily about P & G losing 5 billion dollars.

    I got a spam alert and it would not post. Not sure how to fix it.

  9. 2019 July 31 8:46 am
    bc3b permalink

    Even the Washington Post admits CNN’s debate format was a failure:


    Is there anything CNN has done in the past 15 years that hasn’t been an abysmal failure?

  10. 2019 July 31 8:49 am
    bc3b permalink

    fight on #8 –

    Unfortunately, it sounds like fake news, but Jill-ette is struggling. It took an $8 billion write-off on Jill-ette:


    It’s not because of me. I buy All detergent, Snuggles fabric softener, Finish dish washing soap, Meijer knock-off of Pepto-Bismal and tissue, Aim toothpaste and Right Guard – none of which are P&G brands.

  11. 2019 July 31 11:06 am
    drdog09 permalink

    The problem comes right out of economics — “Bad money drives out Good money.” Just substitute people in that concept and you have the same sort of results. There is one other minor addition — Interstate system.

    Prior to the interstate system road architecture fostered people to be close to the city core where they worked. Once the ‘I’ ways penetrated the cities it was possible to move to the exurbs with a reasonable commute time. It tighten further once the beltways around the cities were constructed. Those beltways acted like moats, inside was ‘the city’, outside where people wanted to live in the burbs.

  12. 2019 July 31 11:08 am
    drdog09 permalink

    By the way, the image reminds me of parts of old Dallas that has retained its class.

  13. 2019 July 31 11:12 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Here is the money quote on the P&G losses….

    It has now been revealed that Procter & Gamble took an $8 billion writedown on its Gillette shaving business, contributing to “a net loss of about $5.24 billion, or $2.12 per share, for the quarter ended June 30.”

    Get woke, go broke. People want products, leave the sermons to the preachers.

  14. 2019 July 31 11:28 am
    drdog09 permalink

    I could ask a corollary question — “What happened to our once great people?”


    Somehow the perpetually offended need to be shutdown.

  15. 2019 July 31 11:37 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Americans begging — https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-07-26/southeast-asia-furious-millennial-begpackers — Everyone of them probably a Prog.

  16. 2019 July 31 2:24 pm

    11 – Interesting point about the I-way and belt factor.

  17. 2019 July 31 3:02 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Heh. Gawker will not be relaunched. Assigned staff with either be reassigned or shown the door.

  18. 2019 July 31 4:13 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Democratic candidates call for combined $200 trillion in spending.


    That’s $625,000 for every man, woman, child or whatever in the US (based on a population of 320 million).

  19. 2019 July 31 4:55 pm
    fight on permalink

    Well my daughter who is sadly trending liberal wants me to watch Andrew Yang and evaluate him.

    So i am going in again tonight. If you don’t hear from me send a deprogramming team after me.


  20. 2019 July 31 5:25 pm
    justrand permalink

    Fight on…don’t let them do to you what they did to Winston in ‘1984’

    “He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark moustache. O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast! Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother”

  21. 2019 July 31 5:32 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    $200Tn? What’s the problem? They promising everyone will be making $15/hr or more! Everyone earning so much money we can afford it! Course a car will cost $200k for a Kia, and a big mac meal will be going for $40 a throw.

  22. 2019 July 31 5:34 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    “If you don’t hear from me send a deprogramming team after me.” You sure it won’t be for the foot surgery after you put it thru the TV set??? 🙂

  23. 2019 July 31 5:38 pm
    fight on permalink

    DR no limbs I am a baseball bat kinda guy

  24. 2019 July 31 5:43 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Hey I remember Crazy Eddie commercials like that; is that YOU fight on??

  25. 2019 July 31 5:45 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    This country is unhinged — http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/america-has-gone-crazy-a-79-year-old-woman-was-just-sentenced-to-prison-for-feeding-stray-cats — A judge is going to put a 79yo woman in lockup with crazies, jerks, and pedos for feeding stray cats????

    Who the hell is the crazy one?

  26. 2019 July 31 5:46 pm
    justrand permalink

    I was already feeling sorry for Fight On, and then I read this comment from a site doing drunk-blogging of the debate:

    This is like watching ugly people F^^K”

    That sounds pretty negative to me 🙂

  27. 2019 July 31 5:50 pm
    fight on permalink

    DR I will never tell

  28. 2019 July 31 6:14 pm
    Eph permalink

    27. DR

    Disagree 1000%

    I have that in my neighborhood.

    The fucking rug rats are all over the place. I wish I could shoot them all.

    Give her 20 years…

  29. 2019 July 31 6:14 pm
    fight on permalink

    According to the dims the two most horrific words in the English language are:

    1) Trump

    2) Profit

    Oh the horror if someone makes a profit.

  30. 2019 July 31 6:23 pm
    Eph permalink

    21 fight on,

    Sadly I have the same with Beto.

    Please kill me now…

  31. 2019 July 31 6:26 pm

    26 – Haha I remember that dude.

    I can’t be bothered to watch these fools at this stage, plus storms have knocked out the sat dish so couldn’t right now if I wanted too.

    Who knows if it was really a legit sort of study but anyone that’s ever played cities:skylines or older simcity4 (glorified traffic simulators – but fun) knows how just a few fkups in the right spot can ripple and cripple a city in short order. Definitely don’t need 20% to do damage.

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