Harvest Lower Crime Rates with Urban Farming
Urban farmers make the most of the space they have, backyards, dis-used and derelict spaces, on porches, rooftops and balconies. Maximizing with multilayer planting on self-constructed terraces or by using the ground in innovative ways. Respect for these new green spaces increases the personal investment of people in the communities they live in and improves the overall safety of everyone.
In some places where vacant lots had previously been hiding places for guns, researchers have seen in a study released late that, "People just became more in touch with their neighbors after reclaiming land for urban farming. People felt more connected to each other." Calls from neighbors complaining of nuisance crimes—acts like loitering or public urination or excessive noise—went up significantly in the immediate vicinity of the newly greened land. At first, residents worried the land had attracted ne'er-do-wells, but what they came to realize is that it had emboldened neighbors to call the police for minor disturbances, something they hadn't done in the past.
Urban Farming in Havana
Explain your idea in one sentence.
Urban framing make people more aware of their communities and the people in it, and makes a safer place to live and work.
What is the need you are trying to solve?
Repurpose existing unsafe urban spaces with new programmed uses that are better for community safety.
Who will benefit from this idea and how would you monitor its success?
The environment and anyone living in an area where abandon and not cared for spaces have become an invitation to crime.
Who would be best equipped to implement this idea in the real world? You? Your organisation? Another organisation or entity?
I think local community group that feel ownership for the land are the best people to carryout this idea.
Where should this idea be implemented?
Anyone living in an area where abandon and not cared for spaces invite crime.
How might you prototype this idea and test some of the assumptions behind it?
The USDA and other have done some research on the subject, the time it would take to build a mini garden would be prohibitive