Crime, new housing, and housing incivilities in a first-ring suburb: multilevel relationships across time

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Publication Type Journal Article
School or College College of Social & Behavioral Science
Department Family & Consumer Studies
Creator Brown, Barbara B.
Other Author Perkins, Douglas D.; Brown, Graham
Title Crime, new housing, and housing incivilities in a first-ring suburb: multilevel relationships across time
Date 2004
Description Concepts deriving from criminology, housing policy, and environmental psychology are integrated to test two ways that housing conditions could relate to crime in a declining first-ring suburb of Salt Lake City. For existing housing, we use a model to test whether housing incivilities, such as litter and unkempt lawns, are associated with later crime. For new housing, we test whether a new subdivision on a former brownfield creates spillover reductions in nearby crime and incivilities. Police-reported crime rates were highest for residences near the brownfield and lowest for those farther away. After the subdivision was constructed, this linear decline disappeared, reflecting less crime adjacent to the new subdivision, but also more crime farther away. A multilevel analysis shows that incivilities, particularly litter and unkempt lawns on the block, predict unexpected increases in crime. Both brownfield redevelopment and reductions in incivilities may be important ways to improve declining suburban areas.
Type Text
Publisher Housing Policy Debate
Volume 15
Issue 2
First Page 301
Last Page 345
Subject Community development; Community revitalization; Crime; Urban policy
Subject LCSH Community development; Crime; Housing
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Brown, B. B., Perkins, D. D., & Brown, G. (2004). Crime, new housing, and housing incivilities in a first-ring suburb: multilevel relationships across time. Housing Policy Debate, 15(2), 301-45.
Format Medium application/pdf
Format Extent 865994
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Date Created 2012-06-13
Date Modified 2012-06-13
ID 706175
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s62b9gjz
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