|Cleaner Urban Environment, Less Crime - friday 2009-02-20 1445||last modified 2009-02-20 1445|
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Some proof, thanks to Harvard and Suffolk Universities and the reporting of the Boston Globe.
I have some questions about what type of crime and where exactly those deterred by a lack of graffiti went ("gone are the problem tenants"). Given the reporting is accurate, this seems like a practical study (published/available where?) that doesn't necessarily imply a requirement of direct civic intervention. One wonders what might happen when a team with brooms and paint and trash haulers wanders in to South Central LA or Detroit or Philly, when basic dignity is imputed into a habitat's surroundings. I suppose abandoned areas would be susceptible to urban rot returning, but that's a whole ball of other issues surrounding urban renewal.
LAPD Crime Maps and brooms, anyone?