Chance in Vine City of becoming a victim of violent crime

Chance in Vine City of becoming a victim of violent crime. According to a 2010 article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, residents of the Carter Street section of Vine City (just west of the MARTA Station and north of Morris Brown College; zip codes 30314 and 30313) have a 1 in 8 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime, making it the most dangerous neighborhood in Atlanta.

Three other Atlanta areas also made the “Top 25” list: Marietta Street at #7, Richardson Street at #17, and Humphries Street at #22. According to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution article, these rankings are calculated based on FBI data taken from 17,000 local law enforcement agencies.

These statistics raise questions about the causes of violence and crime. How do certain areas, like the Carter Street area, become more dangerous? And what does this “danger” look like for those who call this place home? Statistics like this one can affect communities positively and negatively. On the one hand, they can lead to more proactive attention from law enforcement, as with the police officers who have moved into the neighborhood. But on the other hand, such statistics can further stigmatize an already disadvantaged area and its residents.

Stevens, Alexis. "Study 4: Atlanta neighbors among nation's most dangerous". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Oct 5, 2010.