Perhaps you are thinking of Rome Ohio, a former suburb of Columbus. THe former town has a 1000 ft strip of US 40 west of downtown, and made boatloads of money. It was eventually taken down (disolved)--details can be looked up--and laws were passed in the state to keep such things from happening again.
I think they've been watching too much "Person of Interest".
They usual trope comes out:
"Law enforcement and the code creators, as you'd expect, argue that it's only the bad guys that need to worry about a system like this:"
And I provide the usual response: So what constitutes a crime? Say, at sometime in Dearborn MI, walking around with your head uncovered if you are a woman becomes a punishable offence. You can no doubt think of other behaviours that are not criminal now, but could be made criminal in the future. And given that there is a new federal regulation about every 3 hours (I really don't know on this--could be every 3 min) crime becomes a creeping thing.
Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades.
In this revolution, research has become central; it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.
Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.
The prospect of domination of the nation's scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded. Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific technological elite.
I'd like to see the category of "police" broken down into several categories like uniformed police vs plain clothes vs undercover. Also I'd like see urban vs suburban vs rural. And perhaps "regular" vs "special tactics (SWAT)".
Additionally, this sort of puts the lie to control claims that more guns make the policeman's job more dangerous.
And now, perhaps, you understand why. Whole new generations of mindless drones (as mentioned before) who will be heavily in debt to the federal government when they graduate, since the Feds will soon be the only ones loaning money for college.