#GunCrisis Solution of the Day: Greening vacant urban spaces

Police search for evidence in a nearby vacant lot after a man was shot during a robbery outside a Chinese take-our restaurant in North Philadelphia earlier this month. Photo by Joe Kaczmarek. More photos: joekaczmarek.blogspot.com

A University of Pennsylvania study published this week found that gun-related assaults declined significantly when vacant lots were converted into green park spaces.

According to theatlanticcities.com:

Residents in some areas around these newly converted green spaces also reported feeling less stress and getting more exercise – presumably some of the byproducts of a neighborhood reclaiming its streets from crime.

Vandalism and criminal mischief also significantly fell off.

Read the complete post: Greening Vacant Lots Linked to Reduced Gun Violence


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