My restaurant window was smashed in Philadelphia, where our leaders are failing in their most basic duty
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The new leadership must end the anarchy in Philadelphia.
Stories about rising crime rates, murders, shooting victims, assaults and carjackings continue to dominate local news and social media in the Philadelphia area.
Citizens on both sides of the aisle discuss crime rates and security issues that impact daily life in the city. National and regional chains from Wawa to Starbucks, Walgreens and CVS are closing locations or not renewing leases due to safety concerns for their employees and the never-ending problem of shoplifting.
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My friends on the far left are worried. My centre-left friends in the city are scared and looking for options to move. My independent friends think it’s a gross disregard for their responsibilities to let the city fall apart like this. My centre-right friends don’t go to town anymore. My far-right friends think it’s a war zone. There is no political affiliation that believes things are going well in the city of Philadelphia.
Everyone recognizes that there is a serious crime problem in the city. The mayor and district attorney offer no aggressive solutions to protect citizens. The police feel let down by the district attorney’s office and the time it takes to process a criminal is longer than what the criminal will spend in jail.
While the windows of my restaurant were smashed on Sunday evening, I realized, like many citizens of Philadelphia, that there will be no justice in this case. There will be no real investigation and no one will be held accountable. The resources of the police department are very thin and a broken window is not a priority.
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This is how a city falls. A broken window becomes acceptable and part of life. Then it’s a stolen car or a home burglary. Eventually, violent crime, gunshots, and carjackings become an acceptable risk for living in the city. Walking around a corner and being mugged or beaten is now more of a concern for tourists and citizens than ever before.
One of the fundamental responsibilities of municipal government to ratepayers is to provide a safe and secure environment in our neighborhoods, schools and business communities. If a citizen makes the decision to buy a house, rent an apartment or open a business, he must be sure that his investment will be safe and protected by law.
If there are no protections for people or property, why should anyone choose to invest and commit to being part of the fabric of the community? Basic protections are the fundamental responsibility of our municipal government. They have failed in this endeavor and it is time for a radical change in leadership.
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People of all parties and from all walks of life deserve to live in a safe, nonviolent, and prosperous city. The policies currently in place are proven failures and continue to erode the residential and business environment that will help all citizens live a better life.