Vacant lots & abandoned buildings

This article reports efforts in various cities to reduce crime by focusing on places, especially vacant lots and abandoned buildings. The approach follows the same logic as broken windows theory, but emphasizes improving the physical environment rather than police action. A Philadelphia experiment resulted in a 39% reduction in gun violence in and around remediated abandoned buildings and a small decrease for fixed-up vacant lots, with no evidence of displacement and impacts lasting 1-4 years.

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One Response to “Vacant lots & abandoned buildings”

  1. Gunther Says:

    If the cities and counties had not cut back on the services for various reasons, and actually expanded the services to deal with vacant lots and abandon buildings and invested more in the communities, we would not have the Ghost Ship building fire in Oakland. They really need to go after the owners of these abandoned building and charge them for fixing up the buildings or demolishing them.

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