Back in 1982, two social scientists formulated what has since been labeled the “Broken Window” theory. The basic gist of the theory is when low level crime is allowed to persist, bigger problem emerge. Communities that tolerate litter, neglect, and low level street crime tend to have more larger crime because there is an attitude of indifference. In contrast, in communities where they are on top of such quality of life matters, there is a lower rate of felonies. There is also a corollary to this theory. Communities that are run well also thrive economically and are more prosperous.
In the recent weeks, there has been much publicity about how Albuquerque has not only withered under Mayor RJ Berry but has actually moved backwards in economic and social growth. (This also applies to you our intrepid Governor.)
Jobs are leaving to the point where the city was recently recognized as being #1 for job losses in the United States. Crime in general is on an upswing despite Berry and his CAO, Rob Perry, stating that it is going down. The city’s bond rating has fallen. Tax revenues continue to fall. The city is plagued with endless lawsuits. City personnel are having their rights routinely violated with little if any internal control leaving the employees to sue the very department which employs them.
And of course the elephant in the room is the US DOJ has started a comprehensive (no Mr. Schultz it is not limited) investigation into all practices of the Albuquerque Police Department. A department so mired in supervisory and executive misconduct, neglect, inaction, and malfeasance it defies belief.
While many of our Eyes are law enforcement officers, we hear from our friends in academia quite frequently. One such academic proposed an elaboration of the Broken Window theory upon the city. Given that Berry, Perry, and Schultz have done such a poor job running the largest city in the state, is APD and the institution known as the City of Albuquerque not the broken window affecting the general area?
Our academic seems to think the neglect and failures of these individuals are having a ripple effect on the economy and general confidence in the area. Since these “leaders” seem more focused on attending parades, cutting deals for their friends, and mismanaging their departments, we the citizens are bearing the brunt of consequences of their actions.
For those in positions of knowledge who fail to speak up, are you not willing participants in this mess? Whether you are a city attorney who hides the deeds that would otherwise land people in jail or department executives committing direct actions that break more windows, are you not ultimately making this city worse?
The mayoral election will be upon us very soon as candidates conclude their “exploratory period.” In 2009, Berry won because the democratic vote was split, but despite Berry’s reported popularity by the Albuquerque Journal we all know the vast majority of voters in this city did not vote for him….and don’t think his pet snake doesn’t know that either.
Quote of the Day
Does this sound familiar? This is right from the dictionary and seems to describe Albuquerque, Berry and Schultz. Fascism (f ash ,izem) noun An authoritarian right wing system of government and/or social organization. (in general use) extreme right wing, authoritarian, chauvinistic and/or intolerant views or practices. Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one group over another, national, ethnic, especially social strata or monetarily; a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach. Compliments of one of our Eyes