LISC and Urban Institute explore the intersection of creative placemaking and safety

A new report from LISC and Urban Institute shows how arts and culture can make neighborhoods safer places to live.

Revitalizing Commerce for American Cities: A Practitioner ’s Guide to Urban Main Street Programs

The Main Street model, developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in the 1970s, uses a four-point approach to commercial revitalization that integrates design improvement, image enhancement, economic development, and organization. This 96-page publication goes into deep detail on issues such as buildng an effective local organization to support the work, marketing and promotion, public safety, and expanding city services and support. Four case studies give real-world examples.

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Place, People, Police

If police, community organizations, neighborhood residents, and businesses cooperate with one another to solve public safety problems, they can accomplish substantial and durable reductions in crime.This paper presents and analyzes three examples of successful, cooperative crime prevention efforts supported by LISC, finding as much as a 41 percent decline in crime incidents compared to what they would have been without the coordinated, multi-sector strategy.