Security issues and planning

Beyond resilience: Toward “antifragile” urbanism

We can prepare for the inevitable occurrence of "Black Swan" events by developing structures that, when these events occur, “have more upside than downside.” 

Crime rises in suburbs, falls in cities

During the first decade of this century the US suburban homicide rate rose 16.9 percent while declining 16.7 percent in cities, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Overall, crime dropped sharply in the US from 2000-2010. "The decline in homicides nationally has overshadowed a countertrend: rising murders in the suburbs, the communities that ring cities and have long been promoted as havens from violent crime," says the Journal. Criminologists and public officials cite weaker and more resource-strapped law enforcement in the suburbs as one cause. "That, in turn, attracts criminals who focus on suburbs, because they are looking for easier places than relatively well-policed cities to commit crimes," the article says. Twenty-five percent of US murders now take place in suburbs, up from 20.7 percent in 2001.

Drive-to shootings

At the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, our culture may have hit a new low. Twenty-seven dead, most of them first graders, at a time for celebrating peace and joy.

Remember Pruitt-Igoe

Forty years after demolition of America's most notorious public housing project, an architect who helped reshape America’s public housing reflects on the film The Pruitt-Igoe Myth.

When public art disturbs its viewers

Artistic expressions painted on the surfaces of a city aren’t always as benign as their advocates think.

Trespassers will be shot

A Dhiru Thadani drawing on the Trayvon Martin case.

Gates, sprawl, and 'walking while black'

The Trayvon Martin tragedy is partly about what happens to a gated development when residents find themselves on the same side of the gate as people they fear.

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