• in the light of recent social turmoil in cities around the developed world, residential property investors and occupants alike would be well-advised by a guidance about safe places
  • such analytics relate to security concerns, whenever negative externalities and their mitigation affect the attractiveness of housing areas, neighbourhoods and cities
  • on the basis of a literature review, a checklist for eventual index building is proposed, with the aim of securing a ‘safe place’ for any relevant stakeholder groups: individual residents, investors, developers, planners, and so forth
  • in a more general sense, this research can also be positioned as a social innovation
For a long time, social factors have been identified as a set of crucial determinants of residential location choice and property value. Here, safety and security issues constitute a significant issue. Inhabitants are traditionally concerned about their neighborhoods and housing locations, and, considering current problems in big Western cities, this concern is by no means lessening. The study presents a social innovation for assisting the search for safe housing environments. A list of quantifiable key features regarding negative externalities and actual criminality provides the basis for constructing a checklist for the comparison of safe places within a city, or comparing cities with respect to their safety for housing occupants, investors, developers and other stakeholders. The controversial nature of the argumentation notwithstanding, this method is suggested to prove valuable in circumstances marred by increasing social hazards and turmoil.
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