Less Crime Through Urban Design

Environmental criminology may not be the most well-known field, but in this profile of Nikki Filipuzzi and her work throughout Calgary, Tamara Gignac shows how even the right amounts of shrubbery and light can make the city safer.

"The idea that man-made elements of our surroundings may encourage illegal activity and foster fear and apprehension is increasingly gaining acceptance among law enforcement agencies and municipalities.

'It's not that Calgary is designed ‘wrong,''said Filipuzzi, 'but I think we build so many sprawling communities so quickly that we don't stop to consider crime. We're not developing neighbourhoods in a way that reduces fear.'"

Full Story: Better urban planning can reduce crime

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Michael Lewyn's picture
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doesn't tell us much

I looked at Christie Park (low crime) and Valley Ridge (high crime) on Google Street View. They look pretty much the same to me- both are cul-de-sac dominated suburbs with Walkscores below 50.

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