Uneasy Peace: The Great Crime Decline, the Renewal of City Life, and the Next War on Violence

Norton. Jan. 2018. 272p. notes. ISBN 9780393609608. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780393609615. SOC SCI
Providing background on recent reductions in urban crime and the need to prevent an increase in crime and violence, Sharkey, chair of New York University's Department of Sociology and author of Stuck in Place: Urban Neighborhoods and the End of Progress Toward Racial Equality, makes the case that the movement against urban inequality must focus not only on justice but on investment. He recommends that the principles of "durable urban policy should guide this effort" of housing equality. Investing in affordable housing, confronting joblessness, supporting working parents, bolstering wages of workers at the bottom, and providing access to quality education are some of the areas offered as in need of improvement and involvement.
VERDICT Well documented with numerous footnotes, this book is recommended for students of urban policy and sociology as well as city planners.
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