Originally Posted by BornAgainDemocrat
Have there been examples of "investments in neighborhoods" (not counting investments in policing) that have reduced crime rates significantly in high-crime inner city neighborhoods? If so, what were the cost/benefit ratios?
This would seem to be the place to start, demonstrating affordable solutions that can be replicated rather than assuming they exist.
Unfortunately, since such programs usually catch on when an urban center is in a desperate death-spiral, it's hard to make objective sense of the results.
1. City X is a shithole, and getting worse.
2. State invests millions of dollars into "saving" city.
3. City X gets even shittier.
4. Conservative bark, "see? Spending money doesn't help!"
5. Liberals shout back, "it would have been WAY WORSE if we did nothing!"
6. GOTO 1.