Busy Streets Theory in Action: Building Safe and Empowered Neighborhoods in Flint’s University Avenue Corridor

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In a recently published article, Laney Rupp, a researcher with MI-YVPC, explored the development of “busy streets” in Flint, MI. We sat down with her and asked about the underlying theory and her conclusions. Can you describe what busy streets theory is? Why does it matter for preventing crime and violence? Many people are familiar with broken windows theory, which …

Shutting Out the World: Preventing Violence in Flint

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By: Pete Hutchison, YES Program Director The real frustration of the current rate of violence in Flint is that there are so many concerned people working to prevent it.  There are active neighborhood groups, collaborations amongst the faith community, a multitude of youth serving organizations meeting together and looking for solutions.  Yet with all of this we still can’t seem …

From Broken Windows to Busy Streets

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By: Marc Zimmerman, PhD, MI-YVPC Director Many urbanites follow the old adage of safety in numbers. They will choose to walk on streets with lots of activity because the presence of people acts as a deterrent to crime. This activity may occur because there are storefronts or simply people outside talking or playing together. Some neighborhoods, however, are unsettled with …