I was shocked at the negative transformation that has taken place since the last time I was in NYC (2019).
Homeless are sleeping on the streets, even in Times Square, Manhattan, and Midtown. Drug deals - hard drug deals (cocaine, heroin, etc.) - are conducted in the open without the threat of arrest. Crime is skyrocketing. A little four-year-old girl was hit with a stray bullet in Times Square a few weeks ago during broad daylight. The video of the police officer carrying the limp, bleeding wounded girl to safety went viral. Trash is everywhere on the streets, and the city feels unsafe.
"Obviously murder and graffiti are two vastly different crimes. But they are part of the same continuum, and a climate that tolerates one is more likely to tolerate the other."
Crime rates plummeted in New York City during Guliani's tenure (1994-2001). Felony arrest rates rose 50 to 70 percent. When arrests for burglaries increased 10 percent, the number of burglaries fell 2.7 to 3.2 percent. When the arrest rate of robbers rose 10 percent, the number of robberies fell nearly 6 percent.