A study by Virginia Commonwealth University researchers found that the tax delinquency of company-owned properties was the only variable that predicted violence in all but four of the city’s 148 neighborhoods.

According to lead author Samuel West, Ph.D., an alum of the Department of Psychology in the College of Humanities and Sciences and an assistant professor of psychology at Virginia State University, “Negligent landlords contribute significantly to violence in Richmond neighborhoods via the environment…..The key finding here was that the company delinquency was a stronger or more important correlate of violence than personal delinquency,”

To access the study ““Comparing Forms of Neighborhood Instability as Predictors of Violence in Richmond, VA,” please click here.

For an overview, please click on the following link from the college newspaper.
What best predicts violence in Richmond neighborhoods? Negligent landlords.