Effects of Federal HHF Demolitions on Distribution of Crime: Greater Saginaw, MI

Authors: Birch Bradford*, Saginaw Valley State University, Andrew J Miller, Saginaw Valley State University, Jessica Fitrakis, Saginaw Valley State University, Alex Korhorn, Saginaw Valley State University
Topics: Geographic Information Science and Systems, Urban Geography
Keywords: Crime Mapping, GIS, urban geography
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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The perception of rebirth in the City of Saginaw began with the Reinventing Saginaw Symposium in May 2015. While this symposium celebrated the rapidly decreasing crime rate for the city, the rebirth began and was due to the ongoing HHF funded blight elimination efforts to demolish vacant, abandoned and burned out homes. Now completed and with two full years beyond the completion of this HHF blight remediation strategy, this study determines the lasting legacy of crime redistribution that came as a result of these urban rebirth. Using Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) standards adopted by Michigan State Police (MSP), the relationship between the HHF sponsored blight elimination demolitions and the decrease in Part 1 crime rate in the City of Saginaw and its surrounding ring communities. Prior findings, limited to an incomplete dataset that only time could provide, determined that much of the existing crime had been vastly eliminated throughout the study area, but the perceived hot spots had relocated to adjacent communities. This project will provide a much more complete understanding and description of the reduction and migration of crime throughout the Greater Saginaw region.

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