I have lived in many places, and my work has taken me to dozens of others. Rather than sit in a hotel bar to die time, I like to move around and get
the "feel" of the places I visit.
I just returned from an extended visit, and found the city I'd been to featured in a "Worst Cities" list (deservedly so). Based upon my own
observations and review of the local news and press, I found myself drawn to a certain gut-feeling about why this place had declined so badly from
what I'd remembered of long-past visits.
I decided to look for similar recent compilations and dig a little to see if my feelings were borne out, or completely off base.
What I discovered was that over the period from 2010 to the present, several of these places were consistently among those listed as "worst." Even
more revealing was that they shared several of the usual criteria for inclusion frequently used for selection: crime, poverty, corruption, high taxes,
housing and services; but, that the mix varied and was never consistent.
However, there was one single factor
that these various "worst" places shared, and that it had not changed over time.
What, you might ask, was the "one single factor" that among all the other criteria for inclusion, these terrible places shared between and among
Shockingly (?), the commonality they shared was that they were at present, or had just recently been, governed by Democrat administrations!
Here is my run-down, in alphabetical order, of the worst of the worst places to live with my notes and reference to this single unifying criterion.
CA (Jerry Brown, (D))
El Centro (Benjamin Solomon (D))
Los Angeles (Antonio Villaragosa (D))
Stockton (Anthony Silva ( R ))
Modesto (Garrad Marsh, (D))
San Bernardino (Pat Morris(D), largest city to file Ch 9 Bkcy.)
Oakland (Jean Quan (D), 3rd in US crime, catered to OWS and gangs)
Vallejo (Osby Davis (D))
IL (Pat Quinn, Democrat - 2 predecessors convicted of corruption)
Chicago (Rahm Emmanuel (D))
Rockford (Larry Morrissey (I))
Waukegan (Robert G. Sabonjian (D))
LA (Bobby Jindal ( R ),
New Orleans (Mitch Landrieu (D), predecessor indicted for corruption, highest murder rate in US.)
MD (Martin O’Malley (D))
Baltimore (Stephanie Blake (D), predecessor convicted of corruption, “on a path to financial ruin”)
MI (Rick Snyder ( R ), predecessor hosted Current TV
“War Room” )
Detroit (Dave Bing (D), predecessor convicted of corruption, no taxes paid by majority of owners)
Flint (Dayne Walling (non-partisan))
MO (Jay Nixon (D))
St Louis (Francis Slay (D))
NJ (Chris Christie ( R ), predecessor, Jon Corzine (D) accused of misapplication of customers’ money, theft, corruption, adultery; bankrupted
MFGlobal hedge fund)
Atlantic City (Lorenzo Langford (D))
Camden (Dana Redd (D))
Newark (Cory Booker (D)
NY (Andrew Cuomo (D))
New York (Michael Bloomberg, got on ticket as ( R ), formerly/actually (D))
OH (John Kasich ( R ))
Cleveland (Frank Jackson (D))
Toledo (Michael Bell (D))
Youngstown (Charles P. Sammarone (D))
PA (Tom Corbett ( R ))
Philadelphia (Michael Nutter (D))
Scranton (Christopher Doherty (D))
Here are the sources from wich I obtained the lists:
I started this inquiry with only a gut feeling; but what I found appears to have borne-out my suspicions.
I still haven't had enough time to see if this holds true over longer periods of time, or even why it holds true at all. I will check to see if
academics or peer-reviewed analyses have examined this phenomenon.
edit on 24-2-2013 by jdub297 because: (no reason given)
edit on 24-2-2013 by jdub297 because: Ohio