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Emerging Theory Suggests Benefits for Crime Reduction

“Neighborhoods struggling with physical decline and high crime often become safer simply when local residents work together to fix up their neighborhood. …

“Research from cities across the United States shows how small changes to urban environments—like planting flowers or adding benches—reduce violence.

“The result is an emerging crime prevention theory we call ‘busy streets’.  …

“Busy streets flips the logic of the broken windows theory—a controversial criminological approach to public safety—on its head.  Broken windows defenders see urban disorder in U.S. cities—graffiti, litter, actual broken windows, and the like—as a catalyst of antisocial behavior.  So they direct police to crack down on minor offenses like vandalism, turnstile jumping, and public drinking.

“Proponents of busy streets theory, on the other hand, believe it’s better for neighborhoods to clean up and maintain their own city streets.”

FULL STORY: Forget Broken Windows: Think ‘Busy Streets’

Published on March 22, 2018 in CityLab