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2010

Urban development

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The Order-Maintenance Agenda As Land Use Policy, Nicole Stelle Garnett Jan 2010

The Order-Maintenance Agenda As Land Use Policy, Nicole Stelle Garnett

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Debates about the broken windows hypothesis focus almost exclusively on whether the order-maintenance agenda represents wise criminal law policy ā€” specifically on whether, when, and at what cost, order-maintenance policing techniques reduce serious crime. These questions are important, but incomplete. This Essay, which was solicited for a symposium on urban-development policy, considers potential benefits of order-maintenance policies other than crime-reduction, especially reducing the fear of crime. The Broken Windows essay itself urged that attention to disorder was important not just because disorder was a precursor to more serious crime, but also because disorder undermined residentsā€™ sense of security. The later ā€¦