The theory is simple: if a window gets broken in a neighborhood, and residents ignore it, other windows will probably get busted, too. It's the start of a series of low-level community problems that become more intractable as the busted window leads to graffiti, burglaries and then violent crimes.
Five of the estimated 13 deaths from the tornadoes that pounded Illinois, Missouri and Tennessee on Wednesday happened on one "short avenue in a tight-knit neighborhood" of Harrisburg, Ill., the Los Angeles Times writes today.
Brady Street was pummeled. "There are no words to describe this," Dena McDonald, whose mother was killed there, tells the Times. The newspaper describes the aftermath this way: