Rebecca J. Walter, Marie Tillyer, Alex Ramiller, Arthur Acolin
Journal of Planning Education and Research
The neighborhood has been the dominant spatial unit in urban planning since the early 20th century, but criticisms of the neighborhood unit include disagreements about defining boundaries, methodological challenges in capturing neighborhood effects, and negative impacts on communities. With advancements in data management, and public data available at smaller units (street block or property), quantitative analyses are possible at the micro-scale. This commentary draws on crime research and prevention to illustrate the benefits of micro-scale approaches to quantitative analyses in the field of urban planning, arguing that the devolution to smaller scales may be a vehicle for efficient resource allocation.