Thanks to idiotic COVID hysteria and out of control crime, most Democrat infested big cities are suffering deserted downtowns and empty shopping districts leaving businesses drowning and the cities bereft of their tax base.
A new report finds that San Francisco, Cleveland, and Portland have seen activity in their important downtown sections fall by upwards to fifty percent, even with COVID policies weakened.
Per the Daily Mail:
In a recent study by the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California Berkeley, San Francisco’s downtown area was found to be only 31 percent active over the spring of 2022 when compared to pre-pandemic levels, with Cleveland at 36 percent and Portland at 41 percent.
Meanwhile, cities like Salt Lake City, Utah, Bakersfield, California and Columbus Ohio are enjoying the fastest comeback, seeing their downtown activity go up by more than 110 percent since 2019.
By tracking more than 18 million smartphone users traveling through America’s busiest downtowns, researchers found that the three cities, which have been plagued by a spike in crime, are trailing in COVID-19 recovery.
According to the latest available FBI Unified Crime Report, San Francisco had the highest overall crime rate of the 20 largest cities in the United States, recording 6,917 crimes per 100,000 population in 2019.
That was more than double the crime rates in New York and Los Angeles, and well above the rates in the next largest US cities: Chicago, Houston, and Phoenix.
This is what Democrats are doing to the whole country, not just the big cities they are destroying.Commentary