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The Science of Broken Windows

Not that baseless speculation isn't cool or anything, but a couple scientists in the Netherlands actually set out to test the broken windows theory. Results: graffiti and vandalism can foster more bad behavior (surprise!). In this particular experiment, that meant just over double the rate of theft and littering in tagged or dirty environments, versus the same places cleaned up. Hmm! [Economist]