Lorne Gunter, National Post:
The rampant lawlessness, rioting and crime in the giant housing estates of France have lately thrown the deleterious effects of social housing into stark relief (on top of which radical Islam is "the spin on the ball," in Gunter's words). The diffuse distribution and smaller scale of these projects in London have fortunately minimized the worst excesses of these effects; we are left instead with localized epidemics of property crime, robberies and isolated violence. Less fortunately, however, this has obscured and diluted recognition of the economic and social impacts of social housing. But as commenter Jake noted yesterday, the recent shootings in London took place — as with much of the crime in London, both violent and property — in those particular and familiar areas of town:
Social housing must be counted as one of the greatest failures — and there are many — of the "progressive" thinking of the 1960s and 1970s.
[Thanks to Kim Ainslie for pointing out the Lorne Gunter story.]
that you most likely see these problems (eg the usual suspect "skid row" areas with government funded/subsidized housing). With that said, by no means do I think this issue should be swept under the rug. These areas should have increased police patrols and tougher sentences for gun crimes.
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Posted by MapMaster on Tuesday, October 31, 2006