Wednesday, May 30, 2012

To Cut Crime, Plant A Tree But Trim Your Shrubs

The Atlantic Cities had a really interesting piece that looked at the relationship between urban greenery such as trees and shrubs and crime.
Troy and his colleagues ran all types of models to analyze the relationship between crime and canopy. Even after controlling for factors known to influence crime statistics — income, race, population density, and the like — they found the aforementioned link between more trees and less crime. While they doubt the connection is "purely causal," the strength of their figures suggest "some genuine relationship between trees and crime."
Maybe Johnny Appleseed was onto something after all.


  1. I suspect that as the article suggests, the trees are an extension or sign of neighborhood efficacy, which we know leads to lower crime. By the way, how do you keep track of stories like this? Do you use Google alerts?

  2. Tim, I use a combination of Google Alerts and RSS feeds in Google Reader. There is a lot of interesting stuff out there. The real trick is to separate "the wheat from the chaff" so to speak.


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