The end of the Old West
I live in Phoenix, Arizona. And if you want to know what the image of an "Old West" town like Phoenix was 100 years ago, just take a look at any bad neighborhood now. The Old West was a place where people didn't respect the law. It was a place of poverty and squalor, a place where no one was going to get rich any time soon, except maybe with crime.
The police here in Glendale still wear bullet-proof vests. The bad guys are still out there. I live in a nice neighborhood where the biggest concern is whether the Home Owner's Association will give you a notice for leaving your garbage cans out past Wednesday, but there are still a lot of areas, especially south of here, where the Old West continues.
The vast majority of the townspeople were in support of law and order. They wanted a safe place to live with their families. They wanted to live in a good neighborhood. It was true then and it's true now.
Posted by Brad Hall