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The City that Became SafeNew York’s Lessons for Urban Crime and Its Control$
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Franklin E. Zimring

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199844425

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199844425.001.0001

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Continuity and Change in New York City

Continuity and Change in New York City

(p.51) Chapter 3 Continuity and Change in New York City
The City that Became Safe

Franklin E. Zimring

Oxford University Press

This chapter is a wide-ranging survey of population, social, and economic factors thought to influence crime trends. It marches through various data sets to test continuity or structural change in the city over two decades. A concluding section summarizes a view of the meaning of this empirical montage. The bottom line is a mixed verdict. One of New York's four biggest boroughs—Manhattan—showed big social changes in the period after 1990 that could help explain a major crime drop. The other three major boroughs—Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx—were not transformed in such a similar fashion.

Keywords:   New York City, crime rates, crime decline, structural change, economic change, Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx

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