The Times' STOP Team propaganda machine says so. And they even dug up some IUN professor to assert it.
Of course, he provides no data proving that.
He says that people only engage in commerce when they feel safe to do so. That is fine as far as it goes.
But how does having Schererville cops patrolling Gary do that?
Gary has been a violent place for over 40 years. Arguably, the violence peaked long ago, in the '90's, when it was the murder capital of America. Did that dark phase effect the growth of Munster, or Schererville, or St. John?
St. John and Crown Point are the 4th and 5th fastest growing towns in the entire Chicago region. How is that possible if "Public Safety is Economic Development"?
I have no problem with crime data being crunched in order to better focus police activities. But it doesn't take a professor to do so. The Times itself Google Mapped the Gary murders this year, and it was very clear that two neighborhoods had most of the murders. It was surprising to me to see Glen Park was a hotbed of murder. What're GARY POLICE doing about that? What are the larger Gary Community doing about it?
The bottom line is that the City of Gary has ample resources to solve its own problems, but it refuses to do so. How are those 200 specific reforms of the Gary Police that were recommended in that 1998 report coming, for example?
You can't help people who won't help themselves. That is not compassion, it is enabling, and in the long term enabling does not help the person being enabled. It is no different with the citizens of Gary.