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Social Disorganization Leads to Urban Crime?

The research on urban crime is generally of two types. There are studies that compare cities, seeking to understand why some have higher crime rates than others. And there are studies that focus on explaining variations in crime levels within … Continue reading

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The Great Caste Divide in Urban India

Proclaiming the Indian village to be a ‘sink of localism, a den of ignorance, narrow-mindedness and communalism’, the economist-turned-lawyer and the architect of the Indian constitution, B.R. Ambedkar famously exhorted Dalits to move away from villages practicing residential segregation to … Continue reading

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Evolution of Animals and Plants is Happening in Cities Also

Most naturalists regard cities anti-nature—sterile wastelands of concrete and steel. But evolutionary biologist Menno Schilthuizen, author of Darwin Comes to Town, takes the opposite view: Urban environments are in fact “powerhouses of evolution,” where animals as diverse as blackbirds and bobcats are adapting to … Continue reading

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Urban Sprawl Creates Food Deserts ?

Urban sprawl has led to the creation of food deserts in metropolitan areas across the United States, according to a published study by a researcher at The University of Texas at Arlington. Shima Hamidi, director of UTA’s Center for Transportation Equity, … Continue reading

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