Zach

Zach

Posted on 02/12/2014


Photo taken on February  8, 2014



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The $1 Car Wash

The $1 Car Wash
A little misleading (note that the sign states that $1 buys 7 minutes worth of washing only between the hours of 11 pm and 5 am). And here's why:

The City of San Bernardino filed for bankruptcy in 2012. Until then the city’s falling crime rate was a success. The homicide rate had dropped by 50% since 2005. And, in 2011, the National League of Cities cited San Bernardino as a model to be followed. But after falling into insolvency (and cutting back their police force and other city services) the homicide rate rose more than 50% (in 2012). The city attorney, James F. Penman, advised concerned residents to “lock your doors and load your guns.”

And maybe gamble on a $1 car wash?

(source: New York Times, January 14, 2013)

W. 2nd St. and N. Mt. Vernon Ave., San Bernardino, California

Comments
Meadowmom
Meadowmom
Even though it's sad to hear what's happening to the town we learned to call "San Berdoo", it's great to get a little history along with the photo. That's my thing, too.
4 years ago.
Zach
Zach
Nothing like offering a "deal" at a time of day when no one wants to be on the street. And nothing inspires confidence like the city attorney telling you you're on your own.
4 years ago.