Philosophically, what constitutes a thriving neighborhood?
I deduce (but could be wrong) that Phillip Murphy sees a thriving neighborhood with a plethora of private businesses and diverse private employment opportunities granting people real purpose.
It is irrefutable that the North Side's crime statistics are the highest in the state, and this makes it far more risky for people to take chances in the neighborhood. There are almost no coffee shops, very few restaurants, and very few private services compared to how densely populated it is. However, it does have the highest concentration of non-profits.
It is irrefutable that non-profit organizations are important for a society of helpful citizens, but non-profits can never be as helpful for a thriving neighborhood as say many small businesses. Non-profits rely on the political tides of grant appropriations, which means their customers are never the market, so their entire process of trade is artificial.
What happens when the political landscape changes and all the grants are shut off? There is another vacuum of money, and the neighborhood suffers again.
It is true, Phil documented crimes, and even created terminologies to comically/critically describe how nonsensical some act in the North Side. But the South Side never hears five gun shots in thriving areas at 9 p.m. The South Side never has kids jumping on cars at lighted intersections. Children don't get accidentally shot at The Food Truck Fair. Or if it does happen, the South Side bans together and proactively works on the issue, city funding flows in, and change happens.
North Siders don't have access to the same preparedness, but why? The property taxes are there. Where exactly does that money go? There are so many good people living on the North Side. They are hardworking and loving parents, but they do not have a voice, and they are outmatched by violence, theft, drugs, and cultural decay. Or worse, their political leaders don't care.
One may philosophically dislike capitalism and the rule of law, because it leaves room for inequality. But any area that is absent of capitalism and rule of law is also filled with equally miserable people, with a low respect for human dignity.
It seems like many people with grips on the North Side community don't want it to be self sufficient and thriving. They don't encourage real independent private businesses, because if they did, there wouldn't be so many difficulties in setting up restaurants and coffee shops.
The purchasing power is there. Consumerism can exist peacefully, but doesn't . So why doesn't it?
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