I recently saw a documentary about New York in 1977. A bunch of people, who used to live in New York, say that it was awesome during the time. The drugs, sex, clubs, music, and attitude was more "in your face" and sleazy. Of course I wasn't born then, nor did I ever live there. My question: Is a bad city better than a gentrified one? I can't really connect it to any Bible scripture but maybe Sodom and Gomorrah.
No government -- city, state, or country -- can survive when its members are actively pursuing sin.
"By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted, but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked" (Proverbs 11:11).
"Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people" (Proverbs 14:34).
New York City changed because it was on the verge of collapse in the 1980's. True, you will always find people who think sin is fun. We need deliverance "from those who leave the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness; who rejoice in doing evil, and delight in the perversity of the wicked" (Proverbs 2:13-14).