Key Points:

  • Over the past decade, a highly significant new approach to managing cities has developed in the United States.
  • Perhaps its feature which is best-known elsewhere in the world is the ‘zero tolerance’ approach to crime pioneered by William J Bratton, originally as police chief of Boston and then of New York City. This strategy has been so widely recognised, and applied by so many police services, that many forget that it was conceptualized specifically for city police forces in the United States.
  • However, this approach to crime prevention is only one aspect of a comprehensive new framework for city management that has had a far-reaching impact on American urban life

Press release: ‘New urban paradigm’ revitalises cities

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