11 Aug '12, 12pm

Study Finds Greening Vacant Lots Reduces Overall Crime

Study Finds Greening Vacant Lots Reduces Overall Crime

Green vacant lots make neighborhood residents feel safer while reducing overall crime, according to a new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania . The study, published in the journal Injury Prevention , found its results by using randomized trial design to examine the impact of vacant lot greening. Two clusters of lots were selected for testing. One cluster was greened with help from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society by removing debris, planting, building fences, and performing regular lawn maintenance. The other cluster was left vacant, according to Science Daily . Vacant Versus Greened Lots Twenty-one of the residents living near either the vacant or the greened lots were interviewed before and after the fact. "Vacant lot greening changes the physical environment of a neighborhood from one that may promote crime and fear to one ...

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