Designing Gang-Resistant Urban Parks

Across the nation, designers of urban parks address the growing gang problem.
March 18, 2004, 10am PST | Abhijeet Chavan
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"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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Published on Monday, March 15, 2004 in The Washington Post
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