Date of Award

2004

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Community Planning

First Advisor

Farhad Atash

Abstract

This research project examines the spatial relationship between homeownership and crime. The first chapter states the Problem Statement, Objective and Significance of the study, and Organization of the study.

The second chapter discusses previous literature related to the study. The four related fields of the literature discussed are, 1) urban neighborhood and crime, 2) built-social environment of urban neighborhood and crime, 3) homeownership and built social environment of urban neighborhood, and 4) homeownership and crime in urban neighborhoods.

The third chapter inventories the existing conditions of the North End. It begins with the historical context of the North End. Then, it discusses the population characteristics of the North End, housing characteristics of the North End, and socio-economic characteristics of the North End. The end of this chapter shows the general characteristics of the North End, or summary of findings.

The fourth chapter shows the crime statistics of the North End in 2003. It mainly shows the types of crime and the rate and number of each crime in the North End in 2003; the comparison of those data with Providence; and the definitions of each crime.

The fifth chapter examines the spatial relationship between the homeownership and the crime patterns of the North End in 2003. This study approaches it by examining a series of spatial relationships between the tenure condition and crime patterns within the North End.

The last chapter discusses the summary of findings, shortcomings of the study, suggestions for the further study, and conclusion.

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