A photograph of four young people planting flowers in a community garden.

Planting produce gardens leads to improved yard maintenance by residents

Alison Grodzinski Blog Posts, Featured (Slider), Media/News 1 Comment

Planting produce gardens, trees, and flowers in a neighborhood, is good for residents.  Creating green spaces and improving blighted properties (removing graffiti, litter, signs of poor home maintenance, etc.) can lead to improved mental health, and reduced crime.  In addition, greening in a neighborhood can indicate community investment, which may spread to the surrounding properties as well. Our latest study explored this phenomenon and tested whether yard …

Staff Spotlight: Tiara Rueda

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The Michigan YVPC team is made up of a diverse group of people, and each brings a unique set of skills and experience to the table. Our staff spotlight series highlights members of our team, many of whom work and live in the Flint community. We’ve asked them a little about themselves and their role with the YVPC program.  Q: Tell me …

Staff Spotlight: Steven Thompson

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The Michigan YVPC team is made up of a diverse group of people, and each brings a unique set of skills and experience to the table. Over the next several weeks we will be highlighting several of our team members working in the field and  behind the scenes at the university. We’ve asked them a little about themselves and their role with …

YVPC In Your Neighborhood

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Have you seen people walking around your neighborhood with clipboards? As part of the MI-YVPC evaluation, each summer we conduct property assessments in the intervention and comparison areas.  The purpose of the property assessment is to examine the effects of specific community change projects (such as community gardens)  on the maintenance and upkeep of properties. For the next 8-10 weeks, …

Assessing Properties and Homes in Flint Neighborhoods

Ashley Garrity Blog Posts, property assessments 2 Comments

By: Allison Krusky, MPH, MI-YVPC Research Associate While many people were indoors trying to beat the heat this summer, 6 Flint community members were out walking the streets evaluating the conditions of Flint properties. The Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center (MI-YVPC) Parcel Assessors evaluated over 6,000 properties over a span of 5 weeks. For properties with homes, Parcel Assessors evaluated …

Who are those people walking around my neighborhood with clipboards?

Alison Grodzinski Blog Posts, Media/News 2 Comments

As part of the MI-YVPC evaluation, we are conducting property assessments in the intervention and comparison areas.  The purpose of the property assessment is to examine the effects of specific community change projects (such as community gardens)  on the maintenance and upkeep of properties. Starting Monday July 11th, a team of University of Michigan research assistants will be walking through …