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Recession? Check. So Where's the Crime?

Now that New York City has been divested of its Wall Street riches and boomtime economy, it can go back to being a crime-infested war zone, right? Wrong. Violent crime in New York has fallen significantly compared to this time last year: murder is down 21 percent, rapes and robberies are down by nearly as much. Add that to the pile of evidence against the idea that recessions increase violent crime. One thing that is on the rise: Peace Corps applications, up 47 percent over last year in the New York regional office and 16 percent nationally. Remember that old saw about money being the root of all evil? [%comments]