California — The streets of one Northern California city closed three firehouses, lost nearly half of its police force, has been overtaken by crime and drugs, and filed for bankruptcy in 2008.
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Vallejo, a city 25 miles north of San Francisco, is a prime example of the economic downturn at its fiercest impact.
A city predominantly comprised of minorities and only 110,000 people, began its downward spiral in the early 90′s when a naval base closed. Additionally, a Wal-Mart closed in late 2007 and property taxes fell from $29 million to $20 due to the recession.