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This analysis of violence in neighborhoods found a significant association between vacant properties and the risk of aggravated assault—and particularly gun assaults—even after controlling for important demographic and
socioeconomic characteristics of the neighborhoods. Vacant properties also had the strongest effect size, prevailing over almost a dozen well-known indicators of disadvantage.

Branas, Charles; Rubin, David; and Guo, Wensheng

Vacant Properties and Violence in Neighborhoods, 2012

Cartographic Modeling Lab Papers. 5

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