Abandoned Houses Don't Just *Look* Scary

Professor John MacDonald and his co-authors found that remediating abandoned housing has some crime reduction benefits.  

Their new paper "A Difference-In-Differences Study of the Effects of a New Abandoned Building Remediation Strategy on Safety" appeared in PLOS ONE. In it, they study the effects of Philadelphia's Doors and Windows Ordinance on reducing crime in the surrounding area. Click here for the full text.