The Ferguson Effect: Baltimore Millennials' Worst Nightmare
Last week, I wrote an article titled Baltimore Millennials’ “City Life” Narrative Starts To Crack. It appears the crack in the narrative is much larger than we thought. What’s developing in Baltimore is called the ‘Ferguson Effect’. This is a theory where the increased scrutiny of police post 2014 death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Trayvon Martin in Florida will lead to higher crime rates. Baltimore is turning this theory into a reality, as the city descends into chaos before the summer start. The rapid deterioration of Baltimore in 2017 has caught the linear mindset of the millennials’ off guard, who thought gentrification was right around the corner.
The Baltimore Sun Newspaper projects 409 homicides this year, which is a 20-yr high.
Simultaneously, the Police Union sounds the alarm on the Baltimore City Police Department. The Union says the department is in ‘crisis’ due to an officer shortage. Since 2000, a reduction of -13% of the police force has been labeled as a mass exodus and rapidly accelerating post 2014.
It’s so bad that the Mayor of Baltimore has asked the Federal Government for assistance via the ATF and FBI to get Baltimore under control.
Meanwhile, Baltimore city is hemorrhaging city residences hitting a 100-yr low.
The American High 1946-1964 was a high point for many American cities of high population growth and industry. I was just in Detroit surveying the six worst zip codes that the town had to offer, and have to say that population decline and industry leaving is because of globalism and rhymes with Baltimore, Maryland.
SNAP Benefits Recipients in Baltimore city, MD surges in the ‘Great Recovery’.
Homeownership Rate for Baltimore city, MD declines -10% from 2009 to 2015.
Conclusion: The Ferguson Effect: A Baltimore Millennials’ Worst Nightmare is starting to become a reality. Homicides are spiraling out of control in 2017. The millennial generation doesn’t realize that 50 years of decay via globalism will lead to many economic and social uphill battles. The ones holding the bag this time will be the millennial generation who bought into the false narrative of gentrification and revival for today.
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Bonus: According to Forbes, here are the top 33 cities millennials’ are migrating towards. In orange, we labeled the cities with top per capita homicides in the US. Shockingly, 33% of the cities millennials’ gravitate towards have major homicide issues.