This paper was the working theory for the Boston Arson Prevention Commission(1984 - 1990). Michael N. Moore was the Commission's Director of Research. He developed a data-driven process to indentify and intervene in real estate that was at risk for arson and abandonment.
The Commission was formed after the severe arson problems in Boston during the 1970s and 1980s. These problems virtually disappeared after 1990 due to the cooperative efforts of code enforcement, insurance, and law enforcement. Also contributing to the decline in arson was a roll-back of mortage "red-lining" and the introduction of restrictions on condomimium conversion.
Michael N Moore can be reached at MMoore@TheWorld.com and MichaelNugentMoore@Gmail.com
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