Systematic Social Observation of Public Spaces: A New Look at Disorder in Urban Neighborhoods1

  title={Systematic Social Observation of Public Spaces: A New Look at Disorder in Urban Neighborhoods1},
  author={Robert J. Sampson and Stephen Raudenbush},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={603 - 651}
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