Crime

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Parkour Is Not a Crime (Except When It Is)

Florida communities move to ban the urban sport

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Why I'm Still Proud of Davis

A town where cops callously pepper-spray students is not the city I know and love

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L.A. Opens Up its School Yards

A pilot program allows joint use of school playgrounds by communities in park-poor areas

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A New Vision for D.C.'s Abandoned Streetcar Tunnels

Plans are once again underway to bring Dupont Circle's tunnels back to life—but will the neighborhood get behind it?

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Greening Vacant Lots Linked to Reduced Gun Violence

A 10-year effort to reclaim vacant lots in Philadelphia yields positive results

Gavin St. Ours

Prison Time for the Austin Tire Slasher

Police lock up perpetrator of hundreds, maybe thousands, of flat tires

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A Legacy of Security in Olympic London

2012 Games will bring with it an even broader surveillance infrastructure

Battling Detroit's Arson Epidemic

With so many vacant buildings, firefighters in Detroit are among the busiest in the nation. A new documentary sets out to tell their story

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In Arizona, Reducing Water and Energy Use Through Peer Pressure

Tucson residents have long seen their low-water landscaping choices as superior to their neighbors in Phoenix. Now researchers are trying to apply the same principle to all utility usage

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In Mexico City, Vigilantes Police the Police

Are the drug wars to blame for violence against Mexico's federal agents?

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Privatizing Police Work

A Minnesota town hires a private security firm to handle its police work

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Are Violent 'Flash Mobs' Really a Trend?

After two summers in a row of disturbing group violence in cities like Chicago and Philadelphia, authorities look at the intersection of technology, poverty, and race

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Fighting Crime in an Era of Belt-Tightening

Can cities maintain – or decrease – crime rates while cutting police budgets?