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Cityscape: Volume 15 Number 3


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Cityscape is published three times a year by the Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Rental Assistance and Crime

Volume 15, Number 3

Mark D. Shroder

Michelle P. Matuga


Rental Assistance and Crime

Guest Editor's Introduction
Ron Wilson and Brent D. Mast

Public Housing Transformation and Crime: Are Relocatees More Likely To Be Offenders or Victims?
Christopher Hayes, Graham MacDonald, Susan Popkin, Leah Hendey, and Allison Stolte

Alcohol, Drug, and Criminal History Restrictions in Public Housing
Marah A. Curtis, Sarah Garlington, and Lisa S. Schottenfeld

The Role of Supportive Housing in Successful Reentry Outcomes for Disabled Prisoners
Jocelyn Fontaine

Perceptions of Disorder, Violence, and Safety Amid the Transformation of Assisted Housing
Ann Owens

How Housing Professionals Perceive Effects of the Housing Choice Voucher Program on Suburban Communities
David P. Varady, Xinhao Wang, Dugan Murphy, and Andrew Stahlke

Safe, but Could Be Safer: Why Do HCVP Households Live in Higher Crime Neighborhoods?
Michael C. Lens

Commentary: Community Policing and Public Housing Authorities
Matthew C. Scheider

Commentary: Crime As a Dimension of Neighborhood Quality
Jill Khadduri

Commentary: Considerations for Improving the Quality of Life for Voucher Recipients
Mark A. Stallo

Point of Contention: A Denser Future?

Changes in Urban Population Densities Over the Next 40 Years
Nathaniel Baum-Snow

The Transportation Transformation of Our Cities Will Be More Important Than Density Changes
Marlon G. Boarnet

High Optimism
Jill Stoner

Population Density: Some Facts and Some Predictions
Stephen Malpezzi

The Future of the Affluent American City
Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox

Refereed Papers

Which Metropolitan Areas Work Best for Poverty Deconcentration With Housing Choice Vouchers?
Kirk McClure


Data Shop: Comparing Households in HUD Rental Assistance Programs With PUMS Data
Brent D. Mast

Graphic Detail: Tracking Criminals With Cell Tower Analysis
Toni Nunez

Graphic Detail: Exploring Housing Cost Data With Conditioned Choropleth Maps
Brent D. Mast

Impact: The Proposed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Regulatory Impact Analysis
Raphael Bostic and Alastair McFarlane

Industrial Revolution: High-Efficiency Windows: The Frontier of High-Performance Construction
Andrew P. McCoy

Policy Briefs: The Public Purpose of FHA
Roberto G. Quercia and Kevin A. Park

SpAM: Spatial Weight Matrices and Their Use As Baseline Values and Location-Adjustment Factors in Property Assessment Models
Carmela Quintos

Using Near-Repeat Analysis To Measure the Concentration of Housing Choice Voucher Program Participants
Ron Wilson



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