I live near Stockton, California. Trust me, I ain't bragging.
I'm not sure how much the city has been in the news elsewhere beyond it going financially bankrupt.
Years Of Unraveling, Then Bankruptcy For A City
But it is ugly.
A couple of months back, I had to take the kid and the wife and travel to a Japanese Grocery Store located in Stockton. We needed some ingredients to make a dish that reflected one of the cultures in the kid's background. This for an end of school year potluck in one of her classes. The kid decided to make Anpan, an all purpose sweet. We didn't think Yellow Jacket Soup from the other side of the family would go over too well.
Anyways, as we were driving through one of the neighborhoods, Fel noticed that all the windows on the first floor of homes were boarded up. She initially thought them vacant until she noticed people sitting on the verandas of the second floor. She wondered why.
I told her it was to make it more difficult for people to break in. That really unnerved her.
Yes, that bad.
Police leave for other agencies
90 Police and support staff laid off
No Fuel At Police and Fire Station Pumps
The much touted Marshall Plan
What they did was bring in the US Marshals, arrest a bunch of people, and then turn them loose again.
How well it is working:
Trying to keep their head down.
Teen slain in neighborhood gunbattle that left bullets in houses, cars
Assailants open fire on car; 3 struck
One dead, three injured in separate overnight shootings in Stockton
Girl, 17, shot while changing car tire
Latino male shot, killed under I-5 at Eighth Street
No fear from perpetrators, no pattern to year's killings
Police shoot, kill suspect following early morning, two-way chase on I-5
Man killed in afternoon shooting in north Stockton
As the economy continues to falter, and the US Government prepares for civil unrest, things will only get worse.
Now some commenters on various news and social sites are openly calling for the US military to be deployed to the streets.
This is why you do not want to be in a city as this collapse accelerates.