Democrat’s ‘Model City’ in Shambles
It takes a village of Democratic idiots to promote devastated communities as model cities. When their corrupt policies fail, they blame these violent and impoverished hellholes on “systemic racism”.
Good or bad, Malik Evans took over the office of mayor in Rochester, New York on January 1, 2022. Incumbent mayor Lovely Warren was voted out after numerous controversies that led the once thriving city to a destiny of high crime, poverty, homelessness and other such Democrat hallmarks.
On April 25, 2022, Warren’s husband pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine from his arrest at their home last year. Timothy Granison now faces a possible sentence of 5 to 40 years in prison and a fine of $5 million.
Today, gas prices in Rochester average $4.30 a gallon, up from the $3.29 citizens paid by Joe Biden’s fourth month in office. When President Donald J. Trump left office, they enjoyed $2.12 gallon.
1 in 25 Chance of Being a Crime Victim
“With a crime rate of 41 per one thousand residents, Rochester has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes – from the smallest towns to the very largest cities,” reports the NeighborhoodScout. One’s chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 25. Within New York, more than 98% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Rochester.”
There is a 1 in 125 chance of being a victim of a violent crime within the city with an extremely high (compared to the nation) murder rate. It’s not getting any better. Last year they suffered through a 56 percent increase in murder. 2022 is not looking so good either.
Welcome to the future. With Democrats in charge, this is typical. (If you live in Rochester, your chances of having your car stolen is one in 230!) Their fraudulent and illegal elections, immigrant policies and mafia-like control, consistently lead to corruption at the highest levels.
Ultimate Village Idiots
With now over 1 million illegal aliens encouraged by the Biden-Obama-Harris Administration to breach our borders, the nation is turning into a Rochester, a Los Angeles, a San Francisco, a Baltimore, or a Chicago.
Like in many other large American cities, traditionally the local government has been completely dominated by the Democratic Party.
Once the 32nd largest city in the country. Rochester is at number 114 and falling. Its population shrank 6.5% since 2000. The poverty rate is at 33% and the only thing going up is STDs with gonorrhea up 78% and chlamydia rates placing second in the state.
While Democrats spotlight Rochester as the model for America, barely a week goes by without someone in the media, who has never been to Rochester and wouldn’t go there at gunpoint, describe it as the first city to conduct some socialist experiment.
Last year, the media heavily promoted then Mayor Warren’s push to use drug revenue for racial reparations and basic income. In typical Democrat fashion, the last thing the city–with open air heroin markets–needed was the government handing out free money financed by drug sales.
Of course, the New York Times chimed in, touting Rochester’s war on highways under the headline, “Can Removing Highways Fix America’s Cities?”
According to not only the Times, but mockingbird media across America, Rochester continuously does something excitingly progressive like defunding the police or being designated by ex-Governor Cuomo and now Gov. Kathy Hochol as a “model EV city” and setting up electric car charging stations across a city with few electric cars and a plague of deadly carjackings.
The cheapest Rivian (Biden’s and George Soros’ favorite) electric truck price is $77,000. That’s over two times the average household income in Rochester.
Prior to being designated Cuomo’s model city for charging the electric cars it doesn’t have, Rochester was his pick as a “model city” to fight global warming by building 10 miles of bike routes.
Those routes now offer Rochester’s bike thieves different options for making their getaway after over 100 bikes were stolen from a neighborhood biking program giving away free bikes.
“I just want to ensure that the people that did this know I love them and that our program is open to them,” then Mayor Lovely Warren assured the thieves. “We’re just extremely sorry that life’s circumstances led them to a place in which they had to make a decision like this to rob a free neighborhood program of bicycles.”
The free bikes program shut down within a year.
Fresh off the efforts to make Rochester into a model city for electric cars and bikes, Warren, Evans and the rest of the Democrat controlled council embarked on a social justice spree of police defunding and reparations.
In 2020, Rochester police tried to restrain Daniel Prude, a career criminal who had been arrested 37 times and convicted 9 times,who had taken PCP and was wandering the streets. Prude shouted, “Give me that gun”. Police tried to restrain him by hooding him and he died.
One observer described the aftermath as “morbidly obese white socialists showed up naked in white hoods and sat on the steps of City Hall with ‘Black Lives Matter’ written on their on their bottoms to protest a black mayor.”
“Not even the most dedicated white supremacist could have come up with anything more racist.”
Warren, Evans, and the Rochester City Council defunded the police, cutting millions from law enforcement in a city with hundreds of shootings. Police Chief La’Ron Singletary warned this would hurt the black community, but the media cheered Warren’s move. A BLM organizer insisted that, “police make neighborhoods more dangerous.”
“Murder, Carjackings, Violent Crime Surge in Rochester NY. Why?” a Democrat Chronicle article asked.
It was a mystery no one could solve. Especially the police who weren’t allowed to solve crimes.
As murders rose 56% and shootings shot up 90%, Rochester decided to offer iPads in exchange for “working handguns and assault rifles”. No questions asked. A week after the “largest gun buyback in Rochester history”, four people were shot in just one day.
Five months after announcing that she wanted to reimagine the police, Warren was indicted on campaign fraud charges. Then her husband, Granison, was busted in the takedown of a drug ring and a semi-automatic rifle was found in their home. Warren, who had allied with Bloomberg’s Everytown gun control group, claimed that she knew nothing about the weapon.
It couldn’t have been too shocking since her husband, was previously convicted of armed robbery.
Warren, of course used the Democrat’s favorite mantra and blamed it on racism. “Things are not that different from the 1860s and 1950s,” she insinuated. It’s just like the 1860s in Rochester under its black female mayor, black female police chief, and 60% black city council with only two white members.
Warren then doubled down on racial reparations and police defunding.
It’s important to “invest in the people, in the neighborhoods that suffered from the criminalization of marijuana,” she had claimed earlier.
Rochester isn’t suffering from excessive criminalization, but decriminalization. And the last thing a city overrun with drugs needs is more drugs, or police defunding, EV chargers, demolishing highways, or any of the other “progressive” gimmicks that Democrats keep jumping on.
The media is right. Rochester is a model. And a cautionary tale.
The former booming industrial city is a model for what the Democrats want to do to America, gutting industrial bases, replacing work with welfare, and then using black people as lab rats for radical social experiments like drug legalization and police defunding with deadly results.
Being a “model city” now means having every toxic leftist policy idea tested on you.
Democrats have failed at the most basic elements of governance in Rochester. And yet they keep rolling out exciting new ideas to fight global warming or transform society when they can’t even handle their existing responsibilities.
Evans raised over $175,000, twice as much as Warren, in campaign money thanks to donations from organized labor including the local teachers union.
Where does this leave Democrat model city Rochester? Let us count the ways:
🔹4th poorest city in the country.
🔹Top 5 dirtiest city in America.
🔹Worst rated schools in the state.
🔹Lowest literacy rated in New York.
🔹Graduation rate consistently between 40 and 50 percent.
🔹75% of Rochester’s children are being raised by single parents.
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