ReasonTV has a revealing report on what happens when municipal governments forget their core functions (public safety, schools) and pursue white elephants and boondoggles. The incinerator fiasco is only a piece of the story. For a period of decades the mayor embarked on several plans to make Harrisburg a tourist destination, buying a hotel, acquiring Old West art and objects for a never-opened museum, sinking millions into a Civil War museum and other flights of fancy. In the meantime, Harrisburg’s crime rate soared and education rankings plummeted (they upgraded the facilities to no great effect).
Check out the video here.