Bulldozing U.S. Cities



The issue:Should parts of economically downtrodden U.S. cities suffering from "chronic population loss" be bulldozed to ensure the cities' survival?

  • Supporters of bulldozing cities say: Many former U.S. manufacturing centers in the Northeast and Midwest suffer from population loss. Reducing those struggling cities in area will make them more manageable and less expensive to govern. Since abandoned houses and neighborhoods drive down property values, those areas should be razed and replaced with parks that enhance the quality of life for remaining residents.
  • Critics of bulldozing cities say: Demolishing parts of depopulated U.S. cities is an extreme solution to a problem that can be addressed differently. Civic leaders should concentrate on luring new industries to their cities. That would not only boost population growth by creating new jobs, but also increase local tax revenue, making it easier for cities to provide essential services like garbage collection and police patrols.

"The absence of tenants and homeowners impacts local city budgets; with fewer residents, there are fewer people to pay taxes, meaning cities must often scale back on key services, such as trash collection and police patrols."

To borrow a phrase, 'pardon the interruption', as a population declines isn't the trash set out for pick-up also reduced? I can see where the police are basically patrolling the same area, and perhaps spending more time in the high crime areas and patrolling less in areas where crime is not happening.

It seems that civic leaders may have missed the boat on luring businesses back, of course if they want to offer the promise of cheap labor, perhaps they could first entice those workers overseas that have taken jobs for lower than U.S. minimum wage laws allow to their chronically depopulated cities.

Bulldozing urban blight may be just what the park-minded landscapers could sink their green thumbs into, it has worked in some areas where strip mines have been reclaimed as nature preserves, where license fees for hunters and fishers have footed most of the expense of maintaining an America that can resemble what was once pristine and pure, or yeah lure those third world folks to a land of strip malls and a new bright and sunny New Urbana.