Friday, 33-year-old Shatavia Walls, a Brooklyn resident, died after having been fatally shot to death, apparently for asking a man to stop setting off fireworks. Her murder was notable because she died following the advice of Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams, that community members should not call the cops to settle non-violent disputes such as over fireworks but rather address them among themselves.
As if New Yorkers weren’t afraid enough of achieving internet notoriety as a “Karen” if they tried to take public disorder matters into their own hands, now it appears they might risk their lives in doing so.
The fireworks scourge may be viewed through the lens of public goods theory.
New York City’s array of public goods — Central Park, the library system, the transportation infrastructure, civic art and monuments — has been traditionally a great source of civic pride. For many on the left, they mark New York as a distinctively progressive city.
Stephen Eide is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and contributing editor of City Journal.
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