Seattle is Dying

This is a must see documentary that shows how the quality of life in a city can collapse when homelessness, drug use and addiction, and mental health issues take over neighborhoods.  The documentary illustrates how bad neighborhood conditions become when laws are not enforced, police are handcuffed, citizen voice are not heard, the criminal justice system fails (prosecutors and courts) and politicians don’t work to protect the community.

Below is a link to an article in national review ‘What if Seattle Is Dying, and We Don’t Even Know It?’.  The article discusses a documentary from KOMO’s (Seattle news channel) Eric Johnson that explores the impact the drug and homelessness problem is having on Seattle and possible solutions in “Seattle is Dying.”

The documentary explores topics such as: broken windows policing, quality of life, message from politicians, disgruntled police, upset citizens etc.

Link to the Article is HERE

The link to the documentary “Seattle is Dying” is:

On the KOMO website HERE

On YouTube HERE

Is “Broken Windows” Broken? – KPFA

This is an interesting interview on the effects of the application of Broken Windows Policing on homeless people.

The premise of the interview was that when minor violations of law are enforced on homeless people it makes them more disorderly.

I think this premise is flawed because it is similar to saying that enforcement of speeding laws creates more speeders because by stopping someone who was speeding now makes them late to wherever they were going and now they have to speed more!!!

Is “Broken Windows” Broken? – KPFA
— Read on kpfa.org/episode/against-the-grain-july-16-2019/

Dr. Sparks article

How to fight gun violence in American cities – Vox

This is a nice article that outlines Abt’s book “Bleeding Out”. It has links to other useful and interesting publications.

Urban gun violence is a big problem. Thomas Abt’s new book, Bleeding Out, offers a solution.
— Read on www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/7/12/20679091/thomas-abt-bleeding-out-urban-gun-violence-book-review

Kerner Report Resources

Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders



Summary report http://www.eisenhowerfoundation.org/docs/kerner.pdf


The Haas Institute has a conference about the 50th anniversary of The Kerner Report. There is a publication (listed below) and videos from the conference at there website. They lean far left.

The Haas Institute



Several Links here. Links to the conference videos.




The Road Not Taken: Housing and Criminal Justice 50 Years After the Kerner Commission Report



The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Kerner Commission Report



What together we can do A forty year update of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders



The Kerner Commission Report Fifty Years Later: Revisiting the American Dream



The Kerner Commission — 40 Years Later


San Francisco’s BART “Blitz” Demonstrates Effectiveness Of Broken Windows.

This is an excellent example of Broken Windows Theory working in the real world. Awesome!

San Francisco’s BART “Blitz” Demonstrates Effectiveness Of Broken Windows.
— Read on www.city-journal.org/san-francisco-bart-blitz

Here are additional stories on Broken Windows Theory:

How NY became Safe


Who Saved NY