LA's trendy Silver Lake neighborhood "is going through a full-blown, divisive identity crisis." Amid trendy boutiques and million dollar homes are bastions of poverty and crime. Activists are divided on how to define, let alone address, its problems.
Sep 26, 2013 LA Weekly
In an echo of the urban inversion confronting many of America's cities, London's phenomenal economic growth over the past decade has come at the expense of the city's suburbs, where unemployment and poverty are growing. Could this be a good thing?
Aug 31, 2013 The Economist
A $15 million investment has so far failed to cleanse Denver's downtown park - part of the city's first National Historic Landmark - of rampant drug use and crime. What more can the city do to speed up change?
Aug 21, 2013 The Denver Post
Strapped for cash, cities across the US have decided to save money by turning off street lights. An investigative series documents the effect of all those darkened lights on crime and economic development in San Diego - home to a $30 million backlog.
Aug 1, 2013 Fast Company Co.Exist
In 2010, a Gallup poll asked 1000 Americans each day, "Do you feel safe walking alone at night in the city or area where you live?" After a year or so of polling, the Gallup organization sorted the results by congressional district. The full results are Blog Post
Apr 16, 2013 By
Sometimes we find out that all of our work was for naught, having used sabers to battle enemies who carry assault rifles under their cloaks. As it turns out, planners have been wrestling with trip counts and floor-to-area ratios while an errantchemical compound has eaten away at our cities. Blog Post
Apr 13, 2013 By
In the fifty years since Jane Jacobs introduced the "eyes on the street" theory, it's become a commonly accepted conceit that a mix of use reduces crime. A new study calls that theory into question.
Feb 28, 2013 Next City
A recent study published in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review analyzes the crime rates of numerous blocks in Los Angeles, and concludes that single-use residential areas have the lowest crime rates. Blog Post
Feb 26, 2013 By
Isolating poor residents from rich ones is not only bad for those being segregated, it leads to the worst outcomes for a city as a whole. Fighting displacement results in less crime and more stable and healthy communities.
Jan 28, 2013 Rooflines
For decades, researchers have hunted for an explanation for why big cities have been more prone to violent crime than small ones. A new hypothesis may offer a surprising answer, and prove that big cities aren't inherently much more dangerous.
Jan 11, 2013 Mother Jones