Tuesday, March 31, 2009

clean streets are happy streets

Researchers from the Netherlands have found that neighborhoods that have a high prevalence of graffiti, litter, and unreturned shopping carts experience higher rates of crime, otherwise known as the "Broken Windows Theory". The researchers used bicycles to gain insight into how signs of public misbehavior encourages more disorder. For more information read the study abstract The Spreading of Disorder published in the journal Science, and the description of how they did it here.
This is actually a plea to get our streets and sidewalks clean! Start by making your little corner of the neighborhood shine, then move farther afield. Plant a tree. April is Earth Month...

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