Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Disproportionate link between Circle K convenience stores and crime in Phoenix suburbs

While I think that the "analysis of why" could have been more rigorous statistically and otherwise, the study A multi-city report on crime & disorder in convenience stores by the Arizona State University Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety is interesting. See "ASU study: Circle Ks draw more police calls" from the Arizona Republic.

I think they should have looked at the locations in terms of traffic and more detailed geographically and statistical analysis, along the lines of the work by Dennis Gorman of the Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health.

Many years ago I saw a newspaper report of a local community's "revenue" from Walmart being overshadowed by the cost of providing police service to the Walmart, but I can't find the article... That would be an interesting thing to study, wouldn't it?

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