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Designing Gang-Resistant Urban Parks

Across the nation, designers of urban parks address the growing gang problem.

"Across the nation, urban park design increasingly includes elements to hinder gang activity, said Leonard J. Hopper, a past president of the American Society of Landscape Architects, who specializes in the topic. This kind of design originated in cities in the mid-1980s with the crack epidemic, he said.Parks designed to promote positive activity -- with playgrounds and ballfields, as well as good sightlines and working lights -- help drive away loiterers, said Hopper, chief landscape architect of the New York City Housing Authority."

Thanks to Jeffrey Lofton, APR

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