a reply to: DontTreadOnMe
There was a theory passed around called the "Ripple Effect".
Basically, you start out with a city that's high in crime - Like what the actual city was like.
The basic effect starts out like the below:
1. City starts to take a turn for the worse (blame politicians, drugs, economy, crime, bronies, etc).
2. As the city starts to get worse, more people start to move out into the suburbs. This creates a minor disturbance, or ripple. Now, not everyone
from the city is moving out with better intentions - some of them bring the lifestyle
of the city to the suburbs.
3. Eventually, the main part of the city, noticing that the population is declining, puts more protective measures to reduce the decline. This might
mean more funding for schools, more police presence,
a new hockey arena
, or even maybe a welfare program.
4. While the city itself is getting better, the "blight" (incoming wave of newcomers to the suburbs) start to get worse. The cause is the same:
Whatever was going on in the city is now going on in the suburbs.
5. As the suburbs get worse, people start to look at the suburbs farther away; another couple years, and the "blight" follows.
Right now, we are at #5 - There's a reason why certain cities are actually pretty decent right now: They cost more to live in. For example, Troy used
to be one of "the" places to live in, just as Bloomfield Hills, Royal Oak, Birmingham, and even parts of Sterling Heights. With the economy being as
it is, it means that people that wouldn't normally be able to afford to live in those communities can now do so. I found even I could own a dump of a
house in Birmingham now, whereas 6 years ago someone with my salary could not.