i’m less sure that “crime in general has not been up due to covid”, at least in terms of being up as a result of the consequences and measures to combat it if not as a direct result. unfortunately i think other than things like homicide and gun violence that the reporting is down more than the incidences are down.^^We're no where near that. Crime is up, disorder is up for sure. The NYC phenomenon lasted 30 years for a variety of cultural/demographic reasons.
While crime in general has not be up due to COVID, homicides and gun violence in US have been. Particularly bad in core of cities like Portland and SF has lead to an increase in police funding in most major US cities. An interesting podcast, "refund the police" https://www.economist.com/podcasts/2022/01/14/refund-the-police
You would honestly think that there is some sort of unspoken mandate within our civic government about trying to make life in downtown for small business owners as hard as possible.
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Very unfortunate. I know the Chinatown business leaders for the past few hears have been trying to engage the city on these issues and there seems to be little willingness to help and it is driving out culture, business, and patrons.
Funny how there isn't much police presence given the City's police HQ is a mere two blocks away...We often go to Chinatown when in town, but rarely stroll anymore and have stopped going there in the evenings. It's that bad at certain times of the day and again, zero visible police presence. Most of our friends who would meet us for dim sum, pho, hot pot or BBT now ask us to come to the Westend or Southside as they simply do not feel safe there.