Sunday, November 27, 2011
"Pocket parks" may make cities safer and more healthy.A research team has found that distressed neighborhoods where vacant  lots have been converted into small parks and community green spaces are  associated with reduced crime when compared to neighborhoods with  unimproved vacant lots.  The study was conducted by a group from the  University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, using  Philadelphia data compiled over the last decade.  In some sections of  the city, residents of neighborhoods with improved vacant lots also  reported “significantly less stress and more exercise,” suggesting that  the improvements had an effect on residents’ perceptions of safety  outdoors. Read more.
Photo: PA Horticultural Society

"Pocket parks" may make cities safer and more healthy.
A research team has found that distressed neighborhoods where vacant lots have been converted into small parks and community green spaces are associated with reduced crime when compared to neighborhoods with unimproved vacant lots.  The study was conducted by a group from the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, using Philadelphia data compiled over the last decade.  In some sections of the city, residents of neighborhoods with improved vacant lots also reported “significantly less stress and more exercise,” suggesting that the improvements had an effect on residents’ perceptions of safety outdoors. Read more.

Photo: PA Horticultural Society