Making Strides in Maryvale

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Responding to a call to examine violence and violence prevention in the Maryvale Village neighborhood of the City of Phoenix, Arizona State University’s Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety examined historical contexts of the community, past and current trends in crime, community resources, challenges, and promising community-based initiatives. The study found that Maryvale is making strides toward a new future. But while many efforts are being made to reduce crime and improve the quality of life for residents, there are still areas where improvement is possible. Our research and analysis led us to five areas that stand out as having a significant impact on public safety and community revitalization, detailed in the Making Strides in Maryvale report. This effort was made possible by the vision of Mike and Cindy Watts, generous benefactors of ASU through their donations to establish the Watts Family Directorship in the Center for Violence Prevention & Community Safety.

Research Staff

Lynn Wiletsky
Charles M. Katz, Ph.D.
David Choate, M.A.

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Making Strides in Maryvale

If you ask people who do not live or work in Maryvale to describe the community, they are likely to say that it is crime- ridden and unsafe, with neighborhoods marred by graffiti and houses in disrepair. But what they don’t see, and what people who...Read more