June 1 1935
An amazing photo archive of Detroit. Enjoy.
What we see in many places is that while you can bring crime down by occupying the neighborhood and stopping everybody, what you do in the process is lose that neighborhood. … You fuel the idea that the police are an occupying, inimical force in the neighborhood. You play into these real and toxic racial memories about what came before civil rights. And you can make it work in many places, but you can’t stop. You can’t ever say, ‘We’ve won. Things are good. Things are stable,’ because you have driven them into hiding.
— David M. Kennedy, on programs that target specific geographic areas through car and pedestrian stops in order to stop crime.
Between 2000 and 2007, the gun homicide rate for black men between the ages of 14-17 increased by 40 percent. The rate for men over the age of 25 increased by 27 percent. In some neighborhoods, 1 in 200 black men are murdered every year.
— David M. Kennedy goes into cities and shuts down open air drug markets. He says the cities he works in are safer than they were when he started in 1985, but not by much.