A new study suggests gun violence tends to go down when abandoned buildings are demolished. The study focused on Detroit.
Researchers saw an 11% drop in gun-related violence in areas with more than six building demolitions. They found areas with six to 12 demolitions had the greatest reduction in gun violence.
The University of Michigan and Harvard University team used pre-existing data from the state. Marc Zimmerman of the University of Michigan was part of the study.
"The decline is steeper in areas that are improved, in some way, and demolition is the first step of that improvement," he says.
Read the full article at Michigan Radio.