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Urban Crime

Blog post
December 7, 2018, 8am PST

Few issues are more emotional, and therefore vulnerable to bad analysis, than urban crime risk. Solid research indicates that more compact and mixed development tends to increase neighborhood security. Jane Jacobs was right!

Todd Litman
January 18, 2018, 8am PST
The drop in crime in cities has extended American life expectancies, especially those of black men, and brought more wealthy people into urban areas.
The New York Times
April 21, 2015, 5am PDT
At least some of a remarkable 49 percent drop in crime in a rough Pittsburgh is attributed to a new nonprofit-sponsored program designed to put slumlords out of business and get rid of their problem tenants.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
July 6, 2011, 9am PDT
A Brookings Institute report shows that the difference between crime in the suburbs and cities has drastically decreased, and argues that the current drop in crime rates weakens the correlation between ethnic groups and crime.
The Brookings Institution
May 24, 2011, 10am PDT
Even amid a stalled economy, new data from the FBI reports that big cities, those with a population of at least one million, are seeing huge declines in crime.
The Atlantic