It is difficult to know what to think when you see a photo published appearing to show two people, their pants down, brazenly copulating along Benson Boulevard during rush hour traffic, in broad daylight.
Welcome to Anchorage. The headline above the shocking image, “Descent into depravity, as summer of love, lawlessness comes to Anchorage,” at MustReadAlaska.com pretty much sums it up, we suppose. It does, indeed, depict mindless depravity.
We have seen similar tableaux, and sometimes worse, in recent weeks and months, in Spenard and in Midtown. They are a rude jolt to the senses, a slap at decency, more tears in a fraying societal fabric.
Anchorage has changed drastically over the past few years – and not for the better.
We have beggars on corners across the city, itinerant tent camps with their garbage and human waste blocking sidewalks and businesses. We have public urination and defecation, not to mention rampant drug use and its attendant crime and violence. We are spending millions upon millions on the homeless, but their numbers seem to remain constant and residents are treated daily to scenes such as the one in the photo mentioned earlier.
What is it exactly we are supposed to tell our kids when they happen upon such a scene? What do we tell ourselves as we watch the steady erosion of the quality of life in this city?
Our question: When will the administration of Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and our august Assembly finally act?