Perception of safety and class of a city by photos

windwThe Broken Window Theory (a legit theory) has suggested that there is a direct correlation between what you see in the environment, like a broken window or graffiti all over the neighborhood, with other disorders, such as crimes and social classes.

manhattanAbout 8000 people were shown pictures pulled from Google map showing neighborhoods of American cities (New York City and Boston) and European cities (Linz and Salburg).

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Researchers found that there is a larger range of “good” and “bad” neighborhoods in American cities compared to European cities. They also found a direct correlation between the urban perception of the neighborhood to violent crimes.

Now what else can Google Map do?

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Reference: http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0068400#s2