When families are in trouble, cities are in trouble. After the riots in Los Angeles, we heard a number of prescriptions for addressing the poverty and social disorganization that were at the root of the tragedy.
Social problems in our metropolitan area are increasing at an alarming rate. Families are in disarray across the entire socio-economic spectrum. Middle-class people of all ethnic groups are fleeing to the suburbs or thinking about doing so, leaving our core cities with increasing poverty, deteriorating housing, rising crime and shrinking pride.