Gentrification and Crime

The Story

New York City has marked its safest year in decades, with fewer than 300 homicides. Proactive, data-driven policing has changed many New York neighborhoods for the better, attracting middle-class families and limiting opportunities for mischief on the part of antisocial offenders. We must encourage the virtuous circle of effective policing and neighborhood betterment so that all New Yorkers can live in safe, flourishing communities.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Unique: New York City’s crime rate runs against the national trend because the NYPD has maintained its proactive policing, while other cities have pulled back and “depoliced.” Read more.

  2. Gentrification: Major demographic changes in many formerly high-crime New York City neighborhoods have both resulted from and factored into a continuing decline in crime. Read more.

  3. Two Parents: Higher rates of out-of-wedlock childbirth correlate closely with higher crime rates. Read more.

“An active police presence is a second-best solution to public safety; the best solution is family.”

Heather Mac Donald, Manhattan Institute senior fellow

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

Taking Back the Streets By George L. Kelling & William J. Bratton (Summer 1994)

“The NYPD continues its transition to community policing by taking a more assertive approach to the city’s problems.”

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