"Rudy Giuliani Notes for Speech at the New School"

New York City then–mayoral candidate Rudy Giuliani’s 1993 speech emphasized the “tough on crime” prosecutor’s commitments to public safety by increasing private home ownership and by deploying more police officers to the streets.

The notes from a speech by Rudy Giuliani, candidate for and eventual mayor of New York City, at the New School in 1993 emphasize the prosecutor’s commitments to fighting crime by increasing home ownership and by deploying more police officers to the streets.

Giuliani advocates home ownership and the privatization of property as the most effective ways to fight crime and increase public safety, assertions rooted in the architectural theory of “defensible space.” These assertions foreshadow commitments at local and national levels to erode public housing stock in the name of fighting crime, increasing public safety, and making space more “defensible.” These commitments would result in national legislation including HOPE VI and the Faircloth Amendment to the Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act.

Giuliani also calls for civilianizing the police department, a strategy of hiring civilians to administrative and non-police functions of the New York City Police Department so that more trained police officers can be deployed to the streets. Giuliani asserts that the very presence of police officers on foot will prevent crime on the streets, an assumption rooted in Broken Windows theory and recalling some of Jane Jacobs’s hypotheses of urban streets and safety as well.

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