I just finished reading "The Forgotten Man" by Amity Shlaes. Basically, the book challenges the generally accepted notion that Roosevelts New Deal helped lift the US out of the great depression. Shlaes argues the opposite: the New Deal prolonged the depression, and she offers a convincing case.
Anyway, Racine, or at least large portions of it, is arguably in a decades long depression. Are the various government led efforts to solve the problems helping any, or are they simply prolonging and or exacerbating the problems? I am pretty sure you know what I think.