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Old Posted Sep 30, 2008, 9:34 PM
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US cities like Baltimore have a huge (half of the inner city) underclass of impoverished black people who commit a disproportionately high number of crimes.

Canadian cities just aren't faced with the same scale of problem. Partly this is because there were stronger social programs and there was less abandonment of cities but mostly it comes down to not having had a slavery-driven plantation economy 150 years ago.

Some cities in Canada have analogous but smaller social issues but they haven't managed to do much better with them. The rest never had to deal with much. As a result of this, I don't think it makes sense to talk as if cities with lower crime rates are somehow better managed.
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