The Next Crisis For Cities? Part II

The current issue of Geography and Public Safety examines the relationship between the foreclosure crisis and crime trends. Very good reading. Thanks to Julius Lang for the link.

"In this issue, Michael Bess of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department describes a study his department conducted to examine foreclosures and their consequences in the Charlotte area. Erin Dalton, of the Department of Human Services in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, discusses how geographic information systems can be used to advise policy decisions related to the foreclosure crisis.

Several news stories in this issue provide an overview of how the foreclosure crisis has brought on problems in many cities across the nation. These stories highlight the difficulties that city governments have faced rebuilding neighborhoods in the wake of financial crises and describe the negative results of predatory lending.

The issue also uses the broken windows theory to demonstrate that cities experiencing blight and disorder as a result of foreclosures should react quickly, before the problem escalates. An article by Louis Tuthill of the National Institute of Justice describes the basics of what this theory entails, and a technical piece by Phil Mielke of the Redlands (California) Police Department demonstrates how to use geographic information systems to invigorate efforts to remove blight and graffiti in a city. Finally, Kurt Smith of the San Diego Sheriff’s Department provides a practitioners’ review of a new book that examines the theories of broken windows and collective efficacy from the vantage point of hardcore criminals."

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