The Correlates of Homicide: A Case Study of Atlanta

Dean G. Rojek, University of Georgia

The city of Atlanta is an anomaly. While most southern cities have experienced significant population increases, the city of Atlanta has experienced a population decline. Atlanta has suffered a double out migration: white flight in the 1960s and black middle class flight in the 1980s. What results is an increasing core of "the people left behind" which contributes to high levels of crime. Atlanta is taking on certain characteristics of a "rust belt" city. Patterns of residential segregation mirror homicide rates, and the advent of cocaine and the proliferation of handguns have compounded the homicide problem.

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