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Old 01-08-2010, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Columbus OH
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Minneapolis had a very low murder total for 2009: 19, which was the lowest in about 40 years. However, 2010 has gotten off to a bad start as we had a triple murder in our Somali community, plus another murder. 4 murders in 8 days! Hopefully this is an abberation!
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Old 01-08-2010, 12:39 PM
 
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is it the calm before the storm or a really lasting change?
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Old 01-08-2010, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Denver
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We should have a recession more often! Everyone's too busy comiserating with one another so often, there's no time to murder people!
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Old 01-09-2010, 03:23 AM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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Murder rates have been declining for many years now. It's partly due to tougher sentencing and increased police presence, but another factor might be that the population is getting older and fatter. If you're sufficiently old and fat you'll often not have the energy to murder. Generally speaking murder is most common among unmarried men under 35. The less society has of that the safer, generally speaking. (There are obviously many other factors, but it's a significant one)
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Old 01-09-2010, 11:19 AM
 
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Minneapolis had a very low murder total for 2009: 19, which was the lowest in about 40 years. However, 2010 has gotten off to a bad start as we had a triple murder in our Somali community, plus another murder. 4 murders in 8 days! Hopefully this is an abberation!
Actually there have 5 murders in 7 days (1 on Saturday (1-2-10), 3 on Wednesday (1-6-10), and 1 on Friday (1-8-10)).
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Old 01-10-2010, 04:11 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, USA
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Pittsburgh had 39 vs. 73 in 2008.

Most cities had decreases. Buffalo and Cleveland had significant increases.
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Old 01-10-2010, 06:11 PM
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Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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Pittsburgh had 39 vs. 73 in 2008.

Most cities had decreases. Buffalo and Cleveland had significant increases.
Louisville/ Jefferson County KY also had an increase - at least compared to 5 years ago - with 71 homicides. I can't remember last year's total, there were 85 in 2007 and only 49 in 2004. Supposedly it's due to the city rehabbing old public housing complexes and moving people to existing complexs in different gang areas. I've heard that east of I-65 is Crips territory and west of I-65 is Bloods territory, although I'm not a "G" expert.
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Old 01-10-2010, 11:37 PM
 
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We are in the midst of a big flip in this country between the cities in the suburbs. Younger people prefer to live in an urban environment, so the cities are being gentrified. Poor people are leaving the cities for the decaying suburbs full of dilapidated foreclosures, empty strip malls and boarded up gas stations. The suburbs will become the new crime hot spot.

This is already the case in the DC metro area, and I'm sure there are other examples across the country. People fled cities during the crack epidemic, but with the homicide numbers coming down 20 years later, cities are starting to regain their appeal. Convenience, culture, public transit, parks, fountains, clubs, dives, bars, eateries, stuff to do, etc...

Down here in Orlando, upscale condos, and arenas are already encroaching on the ghetto. Those denizens are moving to the unincorporated areas of Orange County, specifically Pine Hills. This makes Orlando's crime rate go down, but realistically, the crime just moved down the street.

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Old 01-12-2010, 02:31 AM
 
Location: Phoenix
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There were less than 130 murders in Phoenix 2009 down from 222 in 2007; the last five years, Phoenix has experienced the largest drop in all crimes compared to all large cities in the U.S. A combined 42% drop in crimes in just the last two years...not bad for a growing city of 1.6 million.

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Phoenix expects to report nearly 100 fewer murders in 2009 than it did two years ago, when police reported 222. Crump said violent-crimes investigators estimated they would report somewhere around 130, down from the 168 reported in 2008.

Through November, the city's violent-crime rate dropped 18 percent compared with the same period in 2008, according to crime statistics reported to the FBI, though Monday's sequence of events provided no indication of the decline in violence in the past two years.
Phoenix shootings leave 3 dead in 1st murders of '10
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