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How Property Taxes and the 'Curley Effect' Are Killing Baltimore
Wall Street Journal ^ | 8/27/2011 | STEVE H. HANKE AND STEPHEN J.K. WALTERS

Posted on 08/27/2011 11:46:30 AM PDT by mathprof

As affluent residents leave town, the political playing field tips further and further in favor of pro-tax Democrats.

This coming Labor Day weekend, traffic in downtown Baltimore will move at more than 100 miles per hour—or not at all: The city's main streets will be closed so that IndyCar racers can compete in the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix. Much more than prize money is at stake.

Nine days later, on Sept. 13, voters will pick a mayor, and incumbent Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is betting that the auto race will draw thousands of free-spending tourists and stimulate the local economy, thereby demonstrating her vision and competence. In fact, it will be an economic dud, a money-loser even for its promoters, and a logistical nightmare for residents.

The race exemplifies the city's development strategy: Subsidize big downtown projects with other people's money—in this case, over $6 million in federal stimulus funds for the two-mile race course—and proclaim an urban renaissance.

Away from the waterfront, this strategy's failure is apparent. The city has lost 30,000 residents and 53,000 jobs since 2000, marking the sixth consecutive decade of population and employment exodus. About 47,000 abandoned houses crumble while residents suffer a homicide rate higher than any large city except Detroit. The poverty rate is 50% above the national average.

Much of this decline is a result of the city's exorbitant property-tax rates, which are twice as high as any other jurisdiction in Maryland and Washington, D.C. The encouraging news is that all four major mayoral candidates are promising property-tax relief.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: baltimore; nyuknyuknyuk; ohawiseguy
Baltimore City = what one-party rule gives you.
1 posted on 08/27/2011 11:46:37 AM PDT by mathprof
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To: mathprof

I heard that there was a gang fight at the Inner Harbor.

That’s all they need, for the gangs and flash mobs to be active at the one place which has helped the economy of Baltimore.

We’re not allowed to say anything because it would be racist. But if tourism is killed off at the Inner Harbor, would that be a good thing or a bad thing? Would we commend the youth gangs for their self expression, or condemn them for scaring away tourists????


2 posted on 08/27/2011 11:50:22 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: mathprof

I hope the cars are sturdily built. I have driven Baltimore’s streets.


3 posted on 08/27/2011 11:52:44 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: mathprof

What’s the Curley Effect? It’s not explained in the free excerpt.


4 posted on 08/27/2011 12:00:55 PM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius, (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: mathprof

Specifically what Demonrats and their policies do. There is no denying what happens to cities, states and now the whole country when their policies are put into place. I think this is a glaring issue to be used in campaigns.


5 posted on 08/27/2011 12:03:28 PM PDT by mrspeelwerneeded
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To: Menehune56
Curley Effect.
6 posted on 08/27/2011 12:03:45 PM PDT by kosciusko51
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To: mathprof
I used to live in Federal Hill, back when I worked at Ft Meade. Loved it. Of course, the rest of the city is a craterous sinkhole, but my area was a blast. Of course, I was renting at the time. I looked to buy a place there at one point, but the property taxes were literally staggering.

On top of it, that money they gleefully lift from your wallet couldn't be more wasted. Maryland is a nightmare of government making things steadily worse for all the most altruistic reasons. Nice folks, but either ignorant/apathetic, or ignorant/aggressively liberal.

It's too bad. Under different leadership, Baltimore could be a great town.

7 posted on 08/27/2011 12:04:51 PM PDT by Steel Wolf ("Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master." - Gaius Sallustius Crispus)
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To: mathprof

“How Property Taxes and the ‘Curley Effect’ Are Killing Baltimore”

Hey, something’s gotta pick up the slack now that Omar’s dead.


8 posted on 08/27/2011 12:06:26 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: Menehune56
I googled and found this in an econ article:

"James Michael Curley, a four-time mayor of Boston, used wasteful redistribu- tion to his poor Irish constituents and incendiary rhetoric to encourage richer citizens to emigrate from Boston, thereby shaping the electorate in his favor. As a consequence, Boston stagnated, but Curley kept winning elections. We present a model of using redistributive politics to shape the electorate, and show that this model yields a number of predictions opposite from the more standard frameworks of political competition, yet consistent with empirical evidence."

Seems to also apply to the strategy of our Golfer in Chief.

9 posted on 08/27/2011 12:07:50 PM PDT by mathprof
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To: mathprof
If this country had two a**holes Baltimore would be one of them.
10 posted on 08/27/2011 12:20:14 PM PDT by org.whodat (What does the Republican party stand for////??? absolutely nothing.)
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To: kosciusko51

Very interesting , though I skipped over the curley-cues in the middle.


11 posted on 08/27/2011 12:24:29 PM PDT by gusopol3
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To: kosciusko51

That’s fascinating. Sounds like Governor Paterson of NY.


12 posted on 08/27/2011 12:26:53 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Herbert Hoover never allowed US Bonds to drop below AAA rating.)
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To: mathprof

The Curley Effect can go either way. Slash welfare and “social services”, and the Dem voters will go elsewhere.


13 posted on 08/27/2011 12:27:25 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (When you've only heard lies your entire life, the truth sounds insane.)
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To: org.whodat

Nazi P. is from a prominent Balt. political fam.


14 posted on 08/27/2011 12:27:25 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: mathprof
The so called “Curley Effect” only works when you have someone else paying the bills. Boston remained a viable and prosperous city even under the corrupt Democrat machine of Mayor Curley. Almost all American cities thrived during the first half of the 20th century.

This so called “Curley Effect” was used by every Democrat mayor in the U.S. starting with the welfare state of the “Great Society” beginning in the late 1960’s. Mayors no longer needed to keep the local economy healthy. “Poverty programs” funded by taxpayers nationwide rewarded corruption, incompetence and criminal activity. Massive welfare programs and government subsidies provided a steady stream of revenues that could be stolen and used to buy votes. Literally billions of dollars of taxpayer money has been wasted during the destruction of cities like Detroit,etc.

Mayor Curley was sent to prison twice. The second time he was released and pardoned by President Truman.

15 posted on 08/27/2011 12:28:25 PM PDT by detective
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To: kosciusko51

At least it’s not the same as the nappy effect.


16 posted on 08/27/2011 12:29:15 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2
LOL.

I could say something, but that would not be polite. Let's just say it isn't the Amish voting for Baltimore's "Curley".

17 posted on 08/27/2011 12:33:34 PM PDT by kosciusko51
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To: kosciusko51

wow, that’s pretty horrifying. and it seems to be the standard democratic modus operandi. Just look at what Obama did by blocking the deportation of illegals.


18 posted on 08/27/2011 12:42:30 PM PDT by MrShoop
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To: mathprof

That is about normal. They point to a big auto race as an achievement while the city crumbles. Does that not remind you of the Soviet Union?


19 posted on 08/27/2011 1:02:13 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: mathprof

The Rats have destroyed what was once a great city. I grew up in Baltimore County, the county that surrounds Baltimore. The downtown area is loaded with potential, and there would be a huge influx of yuppies if Baltimore was not also loaded with drug addicts and gangbangers.

Most parts of B’more are not safe to walk in. I know people who seriously considered buying rehabbed properties in the city only to be scared off by the crime. I have read stories of people buying and rehabbing property only to be robbed repeatedly.

For some reason, the leadership is unwilling to stop the crime.


20 posted on 08/27/2011 1:15:52 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Palin in 2012)
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To: mathprof

The Rats have destroyed what was once a great city. I grew up in Baltimore County, the county that surrounds Baltimore. The downtown area is loaded with potential, and there would be a huge influx of yuppies if Baltimore was not also loaded with drug addicts and gangbangers.

Most parts of B’more are not safe to walk in. I know people who seriously considered buying rehabbed properties in the city only to be scared off by the crime. I have read stories of people buying and rehabbing property only to be robbed repeatedly.

For some reason, the leadership is unwilling to stop the crime.


21 posted on 08/27/2011 1:15:52 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Palin in 2012)
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To: kosciusko51

Thx for link


22 posted on 08/27/2011 1:16:29 PM PDT by MattinNJ
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To: mathprof

23 posted on 08/27/2011 1:34:45 PM PDT by rfp1234
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Been there a few years back. The Inner Harbor was a fine development, done right, with beds and restaurants close at hand. But when I went to ride the light rail to the airport I was surprised to find that you had to push a button on the side of the railcar to open the locked door! I'd never seen that in any other city.
24 posted on 08/27/2011 1:45:02 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: kosciusko51; mathprof
Thanks for the information, it was actually a lot more interesting than I at first thought it would be. BTW I found a version of the article outside the WSJ's paywall:

http://baltileaks.org/wsj-how-property-taxes-and-the-curley-effect-are-killing-baltimore/

25 posted on 08/27/2011 1:52:25 PM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius, (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: mathprof

Every intelligent (and some not so intelligent) person knows why Baltimore is a dump. It’s the same reason most of the major inner cities are dumps. It’s the same reason Philadelphia, New York, DC, Detroit, Newark, Cleveland, Oakland, Los Angeles and most of the other major US cities are dumps. Sure in everyone of these cities there are some decent areas, but for the most part these are dirty and dangerous places. Everyone knows it. But we all cannot say it due to political correctness.


26 posted on 08/27/2011 1:59:31 PM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough.)
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To: kosciusko51

Fascinating article about the “Culey Effect” but monstrous in it’s implications. But it makes brutal sense. Democrats by nature want to keep politics tribal and to keep their own supporters impoverished and dependent on them.

I’d go further and say that just about every black democrat mayor is a Curley-ite to one degree or another but on a national scale the idea is to keep all the races balkanized and impoverished.

The Cloward-Piven strategy can be said to be related. Of course that strategy (and I’d say Obama is a follower of it) is to cause complete, total, abject socioeconomic collapse in the Marxian faith that a beautiful socialist utopia will arise, phoenixlike from the ashes. The suffering this will bring about concerns them not at all.


27 posted on 08/27/2011 2:14:24 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: Steel Wolf
I few years ago, I heard a piece, might have been on Radio Canada, about drug violence. Baltimore is fairly unique in that the drug gangs are pretty independent, that is, no monopoly or oligopoly running things.

In essence, a "free market", but differences and disputes are settled with guns.

Lots of illegal aliens from the Caribbean, too, contributing to the mayhem.

And the Caribbean nations don't want their citizens back after being indoctrinated in the gang lifestyle, either.

28 posted on 08/27/2011 2:55:12 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: mathprof

Baltimore is a horror story. One of the worst urban areas I’ve seen.

I visited Edgar Allan Poe’s house and graveyard when I was there on business. A ghetto has grown around it.

Good crabs though.


29 posted on 08/27/2011 5:17:36 PM PDT by Mr. Peabody
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To: mathprof

The Curley effect is also exacerbated by Maryland’s incredibly stupid laws on concealed carry.


30 posted on 08/27/2011 6:00:57 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner!)
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To: truthguy

“But we all cannot say it due to political correctness.”

What is the “it” that you’re referring to? The racial mix of the city or the leftist governance?


31 posted on 08/27/2011 6:04:48 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner!)
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To: mathprof; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; cindy-true-supporter; ...

Soon to be the Detroit of the eastern US!

Maryland “Freak State” PING!


32 posted on 08/27/2011 6:50:50 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (It's the Tea Party's fault!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Baltimore take a back seat to no Detroit!!!


33 posted on 08/27/2011 7:16:19 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: RKBA Democrat

Much moreso by the fascist/communist rules against anyone who actually tries to support HIMSELF, rather than suck off a government teat.


34 posted on 08/27/2011 7:18:17 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: mathprof

Except its a lot harder to move out of his jurisdiction...


35 posted on 08/28/2011 2:54:00 AM PDT by DB
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To: Mr. Peabody
Memory
G. K. Chesterton

If I ever go back to Baltimore,
The city of Maryland,
I shall miss again as I missed before
A thousand things of the world in store,
The story standing in every door
That beckons with every hand.

I shall not know where the bonds were riven
And a hundred faiths set free,
Where a wandering cavalier had given
Her hundredth name to the Queen of Heaven,
And made oblation of feuds forgiven
To Our Lady of Liberty.

I shall not travel the tracks of fame
Where the war was not to the strong;
When Lee the last of the heroes came
With the Men of the South and a flag like flame,
And called the land by its lovely name
In the unforgotten song.

If ever I cross the sea and stray
To the city of Maryland,
I will sit on a stone and watch or pray
For a stranger’s child that was there one day:
And the child will never come back to play,
And no-one will understand.


“The tyrant’s heel is on thy shore”

36 posted on 08/28/2011 11:36:11 AM PDT by Hiddigeigei ("Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish," said Dionysus - Euripides)
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