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Overheard/Friday Question of the Day

by Prince Of Petworth May 2, 2008 at 12:14 am 15 Comments

Walking down 13th Street near W last Sat. night I heard a group of teenagers talking. One teenager was running towards another shouting “No dawg, this is a gentrified area, the cops’ll be here in two minutes!”. I quietly laughed my ass off at the time. But then it got me thinking. Do “gentrified” areas face less crime because there is the perception/reality that the cops will respond faster? I’ve heard other folks say that sometimes “gentrified” areas face more crime because “that is where the money is”. What do you think – does the mere fact that an area is “gentrified” deter criminal behavior because of the perceived police response or does it attract more criminal behavior?

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