Poster: Revitalize Downtown with Safe, Clean, and Green Strategies

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

A neighborhood’s health and vitality are linked to the perception of safety.  Perception and reality are often different, but attracting neighborhood-serving businesses to what is perceived as an unsafe neighborhood will prove challenging.  Dealing with crime and cleaning up unsavory and unsafe features in a neighborhood is a critical first step in changing the area for the better. Neighborhoods that are struggling with safety issues are more likely to have higher rates of violent crime, a prevalence of graffiti and barred windows and doors, higher vacancy rates in the downtown, trash collection and maintenance issues, and unmaintained landscaping in parks and public spaces.

An economically healthy downtown has vacancy rate of less than 20 percent,  a management structure, less than 20 percent nonretail use, sidewalks with outdoor seating, are aesthetically pleasing and offer transportation options.   This poster is designed to help planners; government officials, business leaders, community activists, crime prevention practitioners, and law enforcement utilize innovative ways to prevent crime in their downtowns.  It will educate participants on how to apply traditional principles such CEPTED (access control, natural surveillance, territorial reinforcement, and maintenance) and mix it with new principles regarding open space and housing options to reinvigorate the downtown.  

Vote for your favorite poster and be entered into a drawing for $100 Amazon gift card!



Karen Cilurso , AICP , , Haddonfield , NJ (see bio)