Affordable Housing, Community Development

High Walk Scores and High Crime Rates

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In Affordable Housing and Walkable Neighborhoods: A National Urban Analysis, Julia Koschinsky and Emily Talen of Arizona State University analyze how difficult it is to find a neighborhood that is affordable, walkable, and safe.

Their research suggests that there is a short supply of walkable and safe neighborhoods that are affordable for low-income residents. Walkable neighborhoods that are accessible to people receiving housing assistance often have the least employment access, the most crime, or the worst schools. This is because walkable neighborhoods with low levels of crime are in high demand, which increases property values and makes them less affordable. Additionally, this high demand creates a disincentive to rent to tenants receiving vouchers or some other form of housing assistance.

The report recommends that efforts to increase low-income residents’ access to walkable, safe communities be targeted in both urban and suburban areas. These efforts should also prioritize access to public transportation and high quality schools. Failing to take all these factors into consideration can lead to the re-concentration of assisted housing in low-income communities.

Click here to read the report. 


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