Below please find a recent post by the Niskanen Center, a nonprofit public policy organization named the “The Most Interesting Think Tank in America” by TIME Magazine in 2023.

Key Takeaways:

  • In cities crime is highly concentrated and entrenched in a few small areas.
  • Strategies to reduce crime that focus on community changes have strong theoretical and empirical support.
  • The best place-based interventions reduce serious crimes by making areas less attractive to criminal behavior rather than relying on arrests or social services.
  • Cleaning up blighted physical disorder in communities is key to effective crime prevention.
  • Place-based interventions should be viewed as complements to effective and constitutional policing.
  • Governments should provide matching grants and other incentives to encourage communities to make improvements that reduce crime

To view the article, please click here.

A related article from August 2022 by HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) can be viewed by clicking here