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Transit doesn't bring crime. Commercial development brings crime. Look at any crime map and you'll quickly see that the crime hotspots are all commercial corridors. Late night establishments in particular bring the most crime. To the extent that transit brings commercial development, there is a correlation between the two that's more than coincidence. The higher commercial activity (particularly late night) is why places like g'town and dupont actually have higher crime rates than say Brookland or Bloomingdale.

That's not to say we shouldn't have transit or commercial activity (our economy is built on it) or even late night establishments (many people enjoy them). However, we should recognize the negative externalities these produce and take steps to mitigate them.

by Falls Church on Dec 28, 2012 3:23 pm • linkreport

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