What I find most interesting is the belief that somehow a society or "culture" gets what it deserves.
The belief assumes that a society/culture is some huge mass that is able to control its various actors and parts.
In my experience, nothing could be further from the truth.
For example, lets assume 95% of us don't use or sell drugs, and somehow managed to get ourselves an education and a job. As a result, we have pretty good lives, and get to believe that we don't fund the street violence that occurs here, in Mexico, or a billion other places.
The fact remains that if a small percentage of the people (say, 5%) do not have similar lives, they tend to congregate and create situations like that on Washington Ave.
If you put a little thought into it, the Washington Avenue situation isn't too much of a mystery.
781 Washington Avenue provides 63+ units of heavily subsidized housing for single, adults. However, the building itself remains under the radar. Tenants are informed that using their apartments as a drug dealerships or party zones will result in eviction. The same consequence befalls those who hang out in front of the building.
The result? Compliance. Very few people hang out in front of the building. SOME of the tenants hang out nearby....
Don't like it? Tough luck. The building has a contract in place with Section 8 that won't let the landlord "gentrify it" for several more years. The tenants have leases that provide them with rights of all tenants in NYC.
ICL provides 30 apartments in the immediate area that serve a group that is even more "addicted", "problematic", "in need" (choose your favorite, or substitute your own word).
...and there are lots of other factors, such as folks of all classes who enjoy an evening blasted on quality chronic.
Suffice it to say, the housing provider and non-profit I chose didn't create these people; it isn't reasonable to expect them to magically change them.
Despite the fatigue that has set in when you have someone who has been in and out of jails and rehabs since they were a kid. They are paid to keep talking about AA/NA.
The same could be said of the criminal justice system. Despite the fatigue that has set in when they have arrested someone dozens of times, the police are paid to arrest people yet again.
Admit it, you want to go ice skating with us on January 12th.
The change on Nostrand will make the one on Franklin look minor