Neighborhood Matters: Crime, Collective Efficacy and Foreclosures in Miami

Shellie E. Solomon

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisExternal prepared


This is a study of neighborhood crime, collective efficacy and mass foreclosures. Based in Miami-Dade County, Florida, the study uses a multi-method, placed-based approach to examine five distinct neighborhoods. The dissertation examines the “mosaic” nature of contemporary communities, relying on the theory of collective efficacy. It explores how crime is impacted by neighborhood characteristics and neighborhood functioning. Understanding the variability of the crime/collective efficacy relationships at the micro level holds much promise for practitioners and policy makers. Rather than addressing crime issues across a multi-block geography or trying to deploy police or other government resources broadly, this dissertation asserts that decision makers can be very targeted and directed with their interventions.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • O'Donoghue, Cathal, Supervisor
  • Nelen, H, Supervisor, External person
Award date20 Nov 2019
Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2019


  • Crime
  • collective efficacy
  • foreclosures
  • Geostatistics

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