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Urban Economic Development and Restorative Justice: Exploring the Relationship Between Creativity and Crime Control.

Lawson, Catherine L
June 4, 2015

Source: (2006) Atlantinc Economic Journal. 34:303-312.

This article examines the relationship between local economic development and a
new approach to the problem of crimeYi.e., Frestorative justice._ The latter concept is
introduced and briefly explored, followed by a short review of Richard Florida’s recently
proposed theory of creative-class economic development. Against the backdrop of these
theoretical innovations, an empirical question that arises is whether the specific
character of creative-class economic growth enhances the probability that a given city
will adopt a restorative justice paradigm in its efforts to reduce crime. Addressing this
question using logistic regression analysis, the article provides preliminary evidence
that creative-class economic development encourages experimentation with innovative
approaches to social problems such as crime.


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