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    Posted: Jul 27 2018 at 6:33pm
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Journal of Regional Science

1)  The effect of vacant building demolitions on crime under depopulation

Finance and Economics Discussion Series
Divisions of Research & Statistics and Monetary Affairs
Federal Reserve Board, Washington, D.C.

2)  Fewer Vacants, Fewer Crimes? Impacts of Neighborhood Revitalization Policies on Crime

Jonathan Spader, Jenny Schuetz, and Alvaro Cortes 2015-088
Please cite this paper as: Spader, Jonathan, Jenny Schuetz, and Alvaro Cortes (2015).

Sage Journals
Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space

3)  Demolition as urban policy in the American Rust Belt

First Published June 15, 2016 Research Article 
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Demolition has long been a component of urban policy in the United States and elsewhere. Until recently, however, demolition was seen as a mere component of a wider policy—e.g. the first step to build an affordable housing complex, or a revived commercial strip. Recently some have suggested that demolition can have stand-alone regenerative effects—that is, if blighted housing is demolished, surrounding markets and neighborhoods will heal and regenerate without further intervention. This article challenges this logic by examining neighborhoods in the American Rust Belt where ad hoc demolition has been the predominant urban policy in the past 40 years. In total, there are 269 neighborhoods in 49 cities that have lost more than 50% of their housing since 1970. In aggregate, these activities have led to more housing loss, and affected more land area than even the urban renewal period, yet have not led to market rebound or a decrease in social marginality.

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Middletown Journal-News articles display Police Department's valiant effort in fighting crime

7/27 - Police stop 'known dealer' and find drugs in vehicle with infant

7/27 - Final 2 defendants sentenced in pharmacy robberies

7/27 - Police:  Feuding gangs behind rash of Middletown shootings, 2 homicides

7/26 - Defense lawyers get $10,000 to pay experts in Middletown man's double murder trial

7/25 - Man charged with OVI after he crashes into Bob Evans

7/25 - Police chief:  'We are sick and tired of individuals who want to terrorize neighborhoods'

7/24 - Arson suspect in unique case featuring pacemaker data is back in custody

7/24 - People are tired of this,' man says after gunfire in Middletown

7/23 - Shots fired at home for second time in 3 days

7/23 - Mother overdoses with daughter, 2, in car

7/23 - Man, wanted for felony warrant, charged with eluding Middletown police

7/21 - Teen charged with murder ruled competent to stand trial

7/20 - Boy, 17, struck by stray bullet in Middletown

7/19 - Man found guilty of beating dog with baseball bat

7/18 - Middletown police call shooting a homicide; coroner's office silent on official ruling
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The quality of people in society nowadays is simply not there anymore. Some people in society just refuse to live by the rules to allow a moral society containing scruples, class and responsible behavior. Society is out of control and the police can't be expected to monitor and manage proper behavior 24/7. I would suspect some, if not most, of the shootings and drug dealing originates from out of the city. Outsiders who come to Middletown because there is some connection between those living here and those who come here to cause problems. Time to purge the city influences here who attract outside influences who come into town to cause trouble. Time to permanently eliminate the problem children both here and from outside the city. Too bad society has lost the real solutions to solving these kinds of problems by taking the "kinder/gentler" route on people who least deserve that consideration. The real solution is to take these types of people out of society permanently. They offer no value to most trying to live a decent life. Why deal with them on an on-going basis? It is not logical to do so. No more repeat arrests by police, lenient sentences by the judges and more chances to cause more problems. This method is not working. We all know this. How many chances do we give the offenders before we put them away for good? Why do we deal with repeat offenders who can't seem to go along with the program? First time-another chance. The second time and you are no longer among us. That should be enough of a deterrent for repeat offenders. Time to stop screwing around with repetitious criminals. We just don't have time to deal with people more than twice.

The city of Middletown has set itself up for low quality individuals to locate here by past decisions to include those who were not wanted in other communities who set the bar higher as to attracting more desirable people. Mason, West Chester and Springboro, to name a few, would not want, condone, nor advertise for this segment of society to be members of their community. Middletown should have followed suit but failed to do so through the excessive HUD handouts, thus inviting the lower elements to town. The bar in Middletown, as to people quality, has been radically lowered the past two decades or more. This city is getting what it asked for right now. It invited the dregs of society to town and is now reaping the "rewards" of that thinking. Another cluster by city leadership and their planning. Apparently, going after the lower echelon of society is much more desirable than pursuing decent, productive people. What has happened to this city is nothing more than criminal in the planning intent. We are, and have been for quite some time, the bottom of the barrel as to a quality community, when compared to surrounding communities. Why would anyone intentionally want that for their city? City leaders know they are wrong but are not honest enough to address and correct the situation. Why?
I'm so proud of my hometown and what it has become. Recall 'em all. Let's start over.
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