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800 pound gorilla: vibrancy and violence

Vibrancy and Violence in neighborhoods in transition.

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Residents have a strong desire for the health and wellbeing of a community’s residents to be included as an intrinsic part of a neighborhood/city’s vibrancy supported by the link and videos above.

Within this desire, a darker theme/threat also appears, one that many people avoid talking about, which is violence within the neighborhood/city.

Over the summer in Harlem, a shooting occurred near a playground in a public park.  The New York Times picked up the story, "A summer idyll, and three bullets" which unfolded as a story of networks connecting and social media raising a voice.

A number of innovative organizations have emerged over the years that work hard to eradicate violence within their own neighborhoods. Here’s what they have to say about how it affects residents lives and their neighborhood/city:

The Interrupters CeaseFire in Chicago runs a program whose model is to treat violence as a public health problem.

Lie Down against gun violence in Harlem, NY (4/15/11) Residents silently protest violence in the neighborhood by lying down in the street and stopping traffic.

Harlem Childrens Zone: Keeping Children safe in the community

HCZ creates a system of safety knights and safe havens to allow kids a safer travel to school.

National Network for Safe Communities

New innovative strategies in the reduction of violence and drug-related crime that uses collaboration between existing governmental systems and community as its foundation towards change.

Operation SNUG

A Harlem organization based on the violence interruption model of Ceasefire in Chicago.


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I think you’re pointing out an important issue here – that there are underlying determinants of vibrancy that need to be part of the conversation when designing projects to revitalize communities.

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