When gardening mows down crime in a city!

Mar 09, 2018, 6:42 AM EST
(Source: Rodrigo Soldon/flickr)
(Source: Rodrigo Soldon/flickr)

A budding field of research shows an unlikely correlation between maintaining green urban spaces and reduction in certain types of crimes in that locality.

In an experiment, a team of researchers cleaned and spruced up hundreds of vacant parking lots across Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with new grass and trees, only to observe that overall crime in the surrounding areas fell by 10 percent, writes Science.

The exact mechanism is yet to be ascertained but the results link back to Jane Jacobs’ notion of “eyes on the street,” which hypothesizes that greenery in an area results in informal surveillance by encouraging people to spend more time outdoors in those spaces, notes Citylab.

 

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