Future of American cities
I'm curious to hear if others feel the way I do about this or if I have just completely lost my mind. I think that cities like NY, SF, LA, CHI are going to spiral out of control in the coming years and on their current trajectory be unlivable in ~20 years. There is no focus on the everyday person who just goes to work, raises a family, etc. The people who run these cities are completely incompetent and try to go above and beyond their job responsibilities. Rather than make sure their areas are safe, clean, and well functioning they spend all of their time on asinine projects and ideas. They are not meant to run cities. I see the role of a mayor as a manager of an area, not an activist.
I think that crime, especially violent crime will continue to multiply, education will plummet further and overall quality of life will decrease to near 1970's NYC levels. It doesn't seem that anyone in these cities really cares or even recognizes what is going on. The role of the government should be to keep people safe, encourage economic expansion, keep streets clean. This is really basic stuff that has completely gone by the wayside. It seems to me that this was consensus amongst both parties in the past. Doesn't seem to be the case anymore. I don't think that this is necessarily a Democrat thing as I do not consider people like Bill deBlasio and Lori Lightfoot to be Democrats. I think that they are considerably further left than what used to be a Democrat mayor.
Cities like NYC seem to be doing everything possible to chase out the wealthy, which is their entire tax base. After receiving a massive bailout to make up the budget deficit that they created by torpedoing NYC's economy they still are raising taxes to the highest levels in the country. The refrain prior to receiving the bailout was that it was needed in order to avoid raising taxes. I think that it was done as a slap in the face to "the rich." It is extremely short-sighted and self-defeating for everyone involved.
I go back and forth in my head about whether I am overthinking this or if my predictions will come to fruition. What is even more alarming is that governments in places like NY and CA have completely seized power. To my knowledge, it is unprecedented to shutter businesses, put people out of work, etc by mandate. I do not see that power dynamic changing or going back to normal. Apart of me hopes that I am wrong, but my general outlook on the future of cities like those mentioned is extremely negative. Do you see yourselves living in places like these in the future?