Climatic Crime

by Cesar Castro (MUP/MDes '19, Risk and Resilience)

The aim of this analysis will be to understand not only how crime may be impacted by climate change, but what specifically can planning and design contribute to a city’s effort to curb the impact of such environmental exposure in the short and long-term. Using the City of Miami as the primary site of investigation, this analysis will draw on long-standing research regarding the connection of crime and the built environment and the potential internal migration of people within the City of Miami to assess how concentrations of crime may shift overtime in low income areas.  Central to such assessment will be a theoretical understanding that crime prevention, whether physical, legal, social, or otherwise, must include elements of community input and development in order for it to be truly comprehensive and ready to tackle the multidimensional challenges and opportunities of climate change, environment exposure, and crime for already vulnerable communities and in particular those that are least mobile.

Cesar Castro: Climactic Crime 2