by Garth Johnston

“While better crime prevention practices certainly have also helped make cities much safer in the past two decades, the research Drum collects argues that when you follow the post-war introduction and later banning of gasoline with lead—thanks for that, General Motors!—it matches up shockingly well with the rise and fall of crime roughly twenty years later.  And this isn’t just a national argument, it turns out it appears to hold up on a local level . . . .”

As if the broken windows theory required any further discrediting . . . .  This is a weird theory, but the correlation does seem to be pretty remarkable.