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Blowing it up and knocking it down: The local and city-wide effects of demolishing high concentration public housing on crime

Dionissi Aliprantis and Daniel Hartley ()

Journal of Urban Economics, 2015, vol. 88, issue C, 67-81

Abstract: This paper estimates the effect that the closure and demolition of roughly 20,000 units of geographically concentrated high-rise public housing had on crime in Chicago. We estimate local effects of closures on crime in the neighborhoods where high-rises stood and in proximate neighborhoods. We also estimate the impact that households displaced from high-rises had on crime in the neighborhoods to which they moved and neighborhoods close to those. Overall, reductions in violent crime in and near the areas where high-rises were demolished greatly outweighed increases in violent crime associated with the arrival of displaced residents in new neighborhoods.

Keywords: Public housing; Crime; Poverty (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I38 R20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jue.2015.06.002

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