by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
People are fleeing California in general, and San Francisco in particular, in droves. As to San Francisco, the fundamental problem is lawlessness. Which means not just violent crime, which the city has in abundance, but a breakdown in the fundamental norms of civilization that make urban living possible.
The main problem is that San Francisco’s far-left city administration has decided not to prosecute theft. The result, naturally, is an epidemic of theft. Thus Target, for example, is now closing its San Francisco stores at 6 p.m.
Target told KPIX5 the decision to adjust its store hours in San Francisco was related to theft with a spokesperson confirming: “For more than a month, we’ve been experiencing a significant and alarming rise in theft and security incidents at our San Francisco stores, similar to reports from other retailers in the area.”
How low has San Francisco sunk? Check out … video of thieves openly stealing handbags and similar products from a Neiman Marcus store. …
… Who would want to live in a place like this? No one, obviously. When civilization starts to collapse, it can go fast. This is what we are seeing in a number of places around the country that are ruled by progressives.
In another piece of bad news for San Francisco, its metropolitan area ranks dead last in a list of 20 cities trying to accommodate job growth with new housing.
Durham-Chapel Hill ranks No. 1 in the list of 20 metro areas, ahead of Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land in Texas. Raleigh ranks No. 3. Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia ranks No. 4.
Arizona’s Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area rounds out the top five.
On the other end of the scale, the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward area in California ranks dead last. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara ranks 19th out of 20, and Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California, ranks No. 18.
The Los Angeles, New York, and Boston metro areas rank Nos. 15, 16, and 17.