Many of us hear stories of communities that have hit rock bottom in regards to planning and economic development just about the same time that corruption hit it’s pinnacle for that municipality. On the opposite side of the spectrum, communities that have phenomenally popular civic leaders can see unprecedented quality of life. But why?
Take Detroit for example. While I think that there are many good things going on in Detroit including all sorts of new development too many areas are suffering from extremely low poverty rates, squatters, and a lack of acceptable housing stock. The cities police and fire departments are severely under funded, so good cops and firemen don’t want to work there, and other services are at rock bottom. All because of the corruption from the higher ups.
Many major cities have gone though this period at one point in time, including Chicago, NYC, Philadelphia, Pittsburg, and Boston.
What are your thoughts on the connections between corruption and planning? Additionally, what solutions are there to such a system? Should states step in to take over a community that is in a downward spiral to destruction? Can these cities make a comeback on their own or do they need outside help?