08 Jul '11, 1pm

City crime continues to drop, especially where diversity is strong - @Kaid_at_NRDC

City crime continues to drop, especially where diversity is strong - @Kaid_at_NRDC

I wrote in May about a report by Richard Florida that city crime had dropped to its lowest rate in 40 years. And now there’s more: last week, Florida wrote another intriguing analysis of recent crime data on theatlantic.com . Looking inside the numbers and at recent research, he shatters a number of popular myths: that crime is higher when economic times are hardest; that big cities and minority populations are incubators of crime; that immigration breeds crime. None of these is supported by recent facts, according to Florida. Here’s some of his latest report: “Almost three years into the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, with massive unemployment and pessimism rife, America's crime rates are falling and no one -- not our pundits, policemen, or politicians, our professors or city planners -- can tell us why. As I wrote about here , there were 5.5 percent ...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/kbenfield/city_crime_co...

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