It has an educational achievement gap at the very bottom of the national pile.
It’s on track to have its worst year for violent crime in a generation.
The gap between haves and have nots is daunting; crossing 394 between Kenwood and the North Side, or driving up Washington from the posh North Loop to Near North, is a little like crossing the Berlin Wall in 1974.
The public class is governing like Lewis Carrol’s Mad Queen is teaching a sophomore-level poli sci “laboratory” experiment – focused on bikeability and ramming trains down horse-and-carriage sized streets and telling the subjects public safety is a “privilege”.
Its downtown is decimated by Covid, its formerly stellar entertainment districts cowed by Covid and jittery from spasms of hooliganism and violence.
It’s ruling class can’t be bothered with any of that, other than chanting it’s all Trump’s fault.
But what can they do?
Virtue-signal about policies that went out of favor sixty years ago:
…where “do something” is the homeowners equivalent of putting a bumpersticker on their car.
For decades some Minnesotans added language to their property deeds barring future sales to people of color.
Two new initiatives hope to raise awareness of these racially restrictive covenants and their impact, get them removed and also raise money to increase Black homeownership in the city. And it starts one lawn sign at a time.
It’s true – these were parts of covenents in deeds, and some deeds may still have some of that language tucked away…
…over seventy years after they became illegal and unenforceable, in 1948.
The article points out, correctly, that at one point those covenants did at one point affect where populations were able and allowed to settle.
And it’s intellectually honest to note that demography takes forever to change organically – Saint Louis Park or Highland Park haven’t been semi-formal “Jewish Ghettoes” since well before World War II, and yet both still retain elements of that history.
It’s also intellectually honest to note that the demography that was forced by the covenants has been reinforced for decades, now, not by property covenants, but by the two-tiered public school system with the lower tier reserved for poor kids; by a social welfare state that uses the inner city as a warehouse for the poor; by welfare policies that have encouraged the breakdown of all families, but with the black family leading the fall.
And, let’s be honest, stops, unless those wealthy progs want to change the system they own.
Or give their property away.
Otherwise, it’s just another, bigger, more expensive bumper sticker.