July 30, 2009, 10am PDT
In an effort to deter crime, the New York MTA is planning to fully equip one subway train with security cameras that record every inch of the interior.
The New York Times
July 22, 2009, 8am PDT
Opening city data to the public was a relatively new idea when the District of Columbia began publishing its data streams online recently. As applications using the data developed, some in the District got a little weary of the idea.
Washington Monthly
July 20, 2009, 2pm PDT
Crime is down in big cities across America, leaving experts wondering why.
The Washington Post
July 20, 2009, 1pm PDT
The city of Washington, D.C. learns its police checkpoints aimed at reducing crime in hot spots are unconstitutional.
Washington Post
July 20, 2009, 8am PDT
A high rate of poverty, a large population of illegal aliens, and a next-door neighbor to one of the most dangerous cities in the hemisphere, El Paso would seem to be a hotbed of danger. But it's actually one of the safest big cities in America.
July 13, 2009, 12pm PDT
Fighting gang crime in Los Angeles is as easy as leaving the lights on at neighborhood parks.
The New York Times
July 11, 2009, 1pm PDT
The posh San Francisco Bay Area town of Tiburon is planning to install cameras that record the license plate numbers of all cars coming into town. Police will use the system to apprehend criminals or investigate crimes.
San Francisco Chronicle
July 10, 2009, 6am PDT
The Los Angeles Police Department's crime-tracking website has been omitting thousands of violent crimes. 40% of crimes reported so far in 2009 are not included in the public website.
Los Angeles Times
June 24, 2009, 2pm PDT used GIS and FBI data from 17,000 local law enforcement agencies to compile its list of the 25 worst neighborhoods for crime in the country.
June 23, 2009, 9am PDT
The city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, will soon be one of the most watched cities in the world, with plans for 165 closed circuit cameras monitoring public spaces.
Los Angeles Times
June 16, 2009, 11am PDT
A prison design in Austria that emphasizes inmate comfort and dignity raises questions about the role architecture and design plays in preventing or encouraging more crime.
The New York Times
April 7, 2009, 11am PDT
Officials in Fort Worth, Texas, are searching for ways to deal with buildings left vacant by businesses struggling during the recession. Other cities and the state of Texas are also addressing the issue.
Fort Worth Star Telegram
March 13, 2009, 1pm PDT
Jacksonville, Florida officials are considering removing pay phones on sidewalks and in downtown parks, which are often viewed as nuisances that hinder efforts to make neighborhoods cleaner and safer.
The Florida Times-Union
February 23, 2009, 5am PST
A new study of Los Angeles Business Improvement Districts shows that private security provided by BIDs has reduced crime in these areas more than in the rest of the city.
Los Angeles Times
February 11, 2009, 7am PST
To conduct a real life experiment with the theory, 17 of Lowell, MA's crime "hot spots" were cleaned up while another 17 were left alone. Researchers found a 20% dip in crime where conditions were improved.
The Boston Globe
January 14, 2009, 1pm PST
This editorial looks at the hostile environment of bicycling on much of Long Island, and ties it to the precarious life of many immigrant laborers, who already suffer from apparent hate crimes. Sadly, riding a bike only increases their vulnerability
The New York Times
December 1, 2008, 6am PST
Subway violence and crime in Philadelphia have been unofficially traced to truant students, who are enabled by unlimited rides on the SEPTA throughout the week. Whether or not the student TransPass system should be eliminated is being debated.
Philadelphia Daily News
November 27, 2008, 9am PST
The controversial theory that social and physical disorder is a cause of neighborhood crime has been successfully demonstrated with a series of six experiments.
The Economist
November 2, 2008, 7am PST
City Limits breaks down the differences between the two presidential candidates with a focus on urban issues.
City Limits
Blog post
October 23, 2008, 8am PDT

City streets need only few things to make them safe, according to the famous urbanist Jane Jacobs. She says safe streets need people walking around, places for them to go, things for them to do and other people for them to interact with. Simple as that. But Jane forgot one more thing: a sock full of quarters.

Nate Berg