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What New York Owes James Q. Wilson

Rudy Giuliani has this article in the City Journal.

Wilson's idea [Broken Windows, with George Kelling] was a revelation and a reversal of the conventional wisdom up to that point. The dominant liberal theories told us that if we provided more social services to the poor, perhaps crime would get better. But Wilson suggested that instead we turn our attention to providing a better and cleaner place to live, raising the expectations of the community by improving the quality of life--and that then crime would decline.
And it did.

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