Category: Police

Putting out a contract on crime: Part 2, the new model birthing

7 November, 2012 (16:58) | Camden, Cities, Government, Innovations, Local issues, Municipal bankruptcy, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Police, Property taxes, US News |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post, using a New York Times (September 28, 2012) story filled with discouraging and damning details, brought us suffering Camden, New Jersey, and its collapse of its current old-school unionized police force model:   The police in Camden — population 77,000 — are already […]

Putting out a contract on crime: Part 1, the old model dying

7 November, 2012 (16:56) | Camden, Cities, Government, Innovations, Local issues, Municipal bankruptcy, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Police, Property taxes, US News |

By:David A. Smith   We speak of failed states, and how they become crime capitals, but there are failed cities too, and when a city fails, it loses the capacity to keep alive its essential functions, which leads to mother-of-invention necessity, as shown in this story from the New York Times (September 28, 2012):   […]

What’s fair in non-profits’ property taxes? Part 4, from Occasionally to Regularly

9 March, 2012 (09:57) | Brown, Local issues, Nonprofits, Police, Policy, Property taxes, Providence, Rhode Island, Speculation, Theory, Universities, US News |

[Continued from Wednesday's Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.]   By:David A. Smith   In search of principles to govern whether non-profits should pay extra tax-like payments to the cities they inhabit, yesterday’s Part 3 explored two economic-equity approaches, either a discount from full assessment (we pay less because we’re virtuous too) […]

Slums are alternate power structures

12 January, 2011 (12:09) | Brazil, Global news, Governance, Police, Rio de Janeiro, Slums, Theory | 1 comment

By: David A. Smith   Slums are a world of alternate power structures – and when alternative power is threatened, it does not go quietly, as featured in an AP story picked up by Google News:   Brazilian soldiers on patrol in Vila Cruzeiro   RIO DE JANEIRO (AP), November 27, 2010 — The drug […]