New Urbanism Does Not Promote Crime

A recent report linking New Urbanism to increased crime portrays New Urbanism inaccurately, and implies a grim world in which crime prevention is our top planning priority.
November 3, 2003, 7am PST | David Gest
Share Tweet LinkedIn Email Comments

Peter Knowles' report on crime and New Urbanism entitled, "Designing Out Crime: The Cost of Policing New Urbanism", uses erroneous assumptions and jumps to false conclusions. It is based on a "study" of two developments in Britain, one supposedly New Urban in design. The community that was examined, however, does not appear to be New Urbanism. The photographs used as examples by Knowles reveal scary-looking streetscapes with inhospitable blank walls, certainly not a goal of the New Urbanism.

Thanks to David Gest

Full Story:
Published on Monday, November 3, 2003 in Planetizen
Share Tweet LinkedIn Email