Virtually everyone that comes to visit one of our major cities in the West gets shocked to see the rapid degradation of our urban spaces. Those who live in these cities often learn to ignore the signs of decay that are spread everywhere. But those who are just passing by can’t believe what their eyes are seeing: massive piles of trash, public defecation, rat infestations, and substance abuse all happening in broad daylight. Our western cities used to make our country proud and set an example for the rest of the world. Now, they serve as examples of America’s accelerating downfall.
The worst areas of our major western cities look like post-apocalyptic wastelands, and the lack of public sanitation leaves hordes of homeless people living in the dirt. The ironic thing is that many of these cities aren’t poor at all. In fact, some of them are amongst the wealthiest cities in the U.S. That leaves us wondering if conditions are decaying so dramatically right now, how bad will things get when the economy starts to falter again?
The rat problem in Los Angeles is widespread and rampant, particularly in trash-congested areas near the city’s downtown. Due to poor public sanitation, the population of rats continues to grow. According to Orkin’s survey of America’s most rat-infected cities, LA now ranks No. 2. In 2018, the rat problem has become so out of control that it resulted in a typhus outbreak. Typhus is typically spread by fleas who’ve been infected by diseased rats and other critters.
There have always been homeless encampments and tent cities in America. But in recent years, the number of such spots has exploded. It is estimated that 750,000 Americans are homeless, and as housing becomes less affordable, that number continues to go up. In San Francisco, one of the nation’s wealthiest cities, with an annual household income that’s nearly double the national median household income, the number of homeless people rose by 20% since 2010.
As the city became wealthier, it also became more unequal. A mind-blowing report published in November 2020 revealed that San Francisco experienced a massive increase in incidents of human feces found on public streets over the past decade. In 2010, around 5,000 reports of public defecation were registered by the San Francisco Department of Public Works. In 2020, the number increased to more than 30,000. Of course, the actual amount of feces on San Francisco’s streets is likely even higher than the data suggests.
On top of all that, San Francisco has the highest rate of carjackings in the country. Since last year, the number of car break-ins has spiked nearly 200%. On average, 74 car break-ins happen in San Francisco every day. However, the District Attorney’s Office says that officers only make arrests in less than two percent of car break-in cases.It has been said that “as goes California, so goes the country”, so if this is where the rest of the nation is headed, this means we are in deep, deep trouble. If only America’s founders could see us now. They would be incredibly disgusted. Our major cities are gradually becoming uninhabitable hellholes where problems like these are considered “normal”. America is in an advanced state of decay, and conditions continue to deteriorate with each passing year.
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