26 May '11, 1pm

City crime drops to lowest rate in 40 years - partly because of revitalization? (via @Kaid_at_NRDC)

City crime drops to lowest rate in 40 years - partly because of revitalization? (via @Kaid_at_NRDC)

“One factor frequently cited by criminologists is demographics. Crimes are more likely to be committed by young people, so the crime rate drops when the cohort of young people shrinks, as it has in the past few years. Better policing surely helps too, as has urban revitalization, which is bringing relatively prosperous singles, couples, families, and empty nesters into neighborhoods that had been in decline in years past, improving neighborhood quality and safety. We'll be taking a closer look at the social, geographic, demographic, and economic factors associated with crime across America's cities in a future post. “Thus far -- and despite alarmist predictions -- economic hard times do not appear to have led to an increase in either property crimes or violence. America and its biggest cities are becoming unquestionably safer, even in the face of the worst economic crisis ...

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

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