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Can Urban Design Reduce Crime In Miami?

The Miami New Times explores the relationship between crime and urban design in Miami.
May 20, 2004, 7am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"There are two main approaches to crime prevention: the 'dispositional' and the 'situational.' The first looks at the criminal's motivations and calls for education, moral guidance, sanctions, and/or penalties... Our local increase in urban crime has social, political, and economic causes. For one thing, Miami's racially and ethnically segregated populations are physically, economically, and politically disenfranchised, facts that become significant in the analysis of urban crime. Which brings me to a broader idea of community, one that encompasses more than just something defined by physical territory. Let's stop seeing crime solely as a subjective and isolated matter. Our civic leaders and planners need to understand that a factor in our crisis is this: We don't see ourselves as part of a greater community with commonly held aspirations. If we did, the general distribution of crime would substantially decrease. People don't pilfer when they believe they have an ownership interest."

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Published on Wednesday, May 19, 2004 in Miami New Times
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