Bryant Park

Fixing Broken Windows

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By George L. Kelling and Catherine M. Coles.

Based on a groundbreaking theory of crime prevention, this practical and empowering book shows how citizens, business owners, and police can work together to ensure the safety of their communities. 

By following many of the principles outlined in the book, concentrating primarily on the prevention of “small scale crime” and nuisances, Bryant Park was reclaimed from vagrants and drug dealers in the 1980s. Today, we continue to aggressively monitor loud radios, cursing, spitting, and people leering at women or seeking to make a spectacle of themselves. We also clean up graffiti, pick up litter, and keep the space well maintained. Fixing Broken Windows is a terrific read into understanding how your favorite public spaces remain safe and friendly.

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