Transporting Crime

There is an article in the Strib today about how the year-long closure of the Lowry Bridge may have reduced crime in the Northeast Minneapolis area by cutting it off from North Minneapolis proper.

To quote from the article:
Between May, shortly after the bridge closed for repairs, and December, the Marshall Terrace neighborhood reported a 41 percent drop in major crime compared with the same period in 2003, including fewer auto thefts, half the larcenies and a slight drop in aggravated assaults. During the same period, serious crime also fell 5.5 percent in Bottineau, the other northeast Minneapolis neighborhood closest to the bridge.

It was the lowest figure for major crime in either neighborhood in four years and came as overall major crime in the police precinct serving northeast Minneapolis actually rose a tenth of a percent in 2004.

While the article readily admits there isn’t a conclusive relationship, it’s an interesting concept to consider. During the recent MTC bus strike, there were reports of decreased crime activity, presumably due to perpetrators being unable to get from hither to yon to commit their crimes.

It makes me think about the links among issues of public transportation, infrastructure that support many different modes of transportation, community building, crime and poverty.

2 Comments so far

  1. Scott McGerik (unregistered) on March 29th, 2005 @ 3:43 pm

    When I lived in north Minneapolis, having the Lowry Ave bridge closed was an annoyance, especially, after I discovered Psycho Suzi’s. If that bridge had been open, I would have only been 4 or 5 blocks away, which is stumbling-home close.
    There is a railroad bridge between NE and N Minneapolis. However, this bridge is not bicyclist-safe. While riding across that bridge, I flipped my bike one night when the front tire felt between to boards. I scrapped skin off my chin and had slivers in my abdomen.

  2. Nate (unregistered) on March 29th, 2005 @ 5:01 pm

    It is a very interesting idea. Of course, there is no way to prove anything. And what would we do about it anyway? We already know North has a lot of crime. It isn’t like we can build a wall around it to keep the crime in. There are all sorts of thins wrong with that idea. Sorry, I guess this was a huge rambling comment. Thanks for bearing with me :)

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