After a year living densely packed with 1000’s of other human beings, we still love downtown and we still miss having other families around.
Concern for crime and personal safety is a recurring theme for those on the fence about joining us. On Trulia’s Crime Map, downtown St. Paul is a big red zone – Danger! It’s the same color as the worst ghettos.
It’s not fair.
Crime maps account for geographical location, not population densities. This means even if your risk of being a victim is the same – say 1 in a 1000 people – the crime map will show densely populated areas as less safe than spread out ones. 1000 people in the suburbs are far more spread out than 1000 people in a downtown city block.
Walkscore.com gets this.
They noticed a strange correlation between pedestrian friendly, often expensive, and popular areas and crime rates. Why were people paying more and reporting greater levels of happiness in areas supposedly riddled with crime?