Blowing it Up and Knocking it Down: The Local and Citywide Effects of Demolishing High-Concentration Public Housing on Crime

48 Pages Posted: 30 Oct 2014  

Dionissi Aliprantis

Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Daniel A. Hartley

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

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Date Written: October 28, 2014

Abstract

This paper estimates the effect that the closure and demolition of roughly 20,000 units of geographically concentrated high-rise public housing had on crime in Chicago. We estimate local effects of closures on crime in the neighborhoods where high-rises stood and in proximate neighborhoods. We also estimate the impact that households displaced from high-rises had on crime in the neighborhoods to which they moved and neighborhoods close to those. Overall, reductions in violent crime in and near the areas where high-rises were demolished greatly outweighed increases in violent crime associated with the arrival of displaced residents in new neighborhoods.

Keywords: public housing, crime

JEL Classification: I38, R20

Suggested Citation

Aliprantis, Dionissi and Hartley, Daniel A., Blowing it Up and Knocking it Down: The Local and Citywide Effects of Demolishing High-Concentration Public Housing on Crime (October 28, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2515873 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2515873

Dionissi Aliprantis

Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland ( email )

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Daniel A. Hartley (Contact Author)

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago ( email )

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Chicago, IL 60604
United States

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