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Nothing will set back the resurgence of America’s 24-hour cities more than rising violent crime.  Over the past 15 years, a strong national economy coupled with a dip in the late teen/young adult population and new policing methods tamped down on murders and robberies in many major cities. In particular New York transformed its menacing 1980s “Death Wish” reputation (“you don’t want to go out at night or ride the subways”) into a paragon of safe not mean streets.  Not coincidentally lowered crime rates has facilitated the ongoing “move back in” resulting in ever more vibrant urban scenes in Chicago, Washington  DC, Seattle, and even downtown LA and Atlanta.

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