Steven Malanga and Rafael Mangual join Seth Barron to discuss concerns that lawlessness is returning to American cities, a theme that Malanga and Mangual explore in separate feature stories in the Summer 2019 Issue of City Journal.

Memories of the urban chaos and disorder of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s have faded, and many local leaders today have forgotten the lessons of that bygone era. Malanga’s story, “The Cost of Bad Intentions” (available soon online), shows how a new generation of politicians are bringing back some of the terrible policies that got American cities into trouble in the first place. On crime and incarceration, Mangual argues that the new disorder will grow worse if progressives manage to overhaul the American criminal-justice system.

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  1. Lois Lane Coolidge
    Lois Lane

    Living in a city whose mayor went to Seattle for tips on how to deal with homelessness, all of this is endlessly fascinating to me.  I don’t now how we redirect the conversation to thinking about how tolerating homelessness and civil disobedience crimes is not compassionate and leads to rot, but the documentary that was referenced in the podcast–Seattle is Dying–does a good job.  

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  2. colleenb Member

    Enjoyed the podcast.  I would be interested in a podcast exploring the affordability of housing in cities like SF, LA, etc.  It seems like some people are living in cars and campers in SF for instance since they just cannot find anything reasonable to rent.  They are usually employed.  Do they just give up after a certain amount of time and move somewhere else?  Is there a tipping point at which despite having a job its just not worth it to live in certain places?  Thanks again for the interview.

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