The Social Ecology of Public Space: Active Streets and Violent Crime in Urban Neighborhoods

Christopher R. Browning & Aubrey L. Jackson
Drawing on one element of the discussion by Jacobs (1961) of the social control benefits of “eyes on the street,” this article explores the link between the prevalence of active streets and violence in urban neighborhoods. Three distinct data sources from the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods are merged to explore the functional form and potential contingency of the active streets–violence relationship: 1) video data capturing the presence of people on neighborhood streets;...
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