good news monday

today i’d like to share a story about local community. it highlights how communities flourish and grow strong when they are connected with their surroundings & living with open eyes… and i think that’s some pretty good news this monday.

 

Plant Tomatoes. Harvest Lower Crime Rates.

A growing body of research shows that urban farms reduce violence.

—Photographs by Emily Schiffer; Text by Alex Kotlowitz

“There’s been a growing body of research that suggests that urban farming and greening not only strengthen community bonds but also reduce violence. In 2000, Philadelphia had 54,000 vacant lots, and so the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society reclaimed 4,400 of them, mowing lands, providing upkeep, planting trees and gardens, and erecting three-foot-high fences that served no purpose other than as a kind of statement that this land now belonged to someone. The greening of these parcels (just 8 percent of the vacant land in the city) had an unexpected effect: Over the course of 10 years, it reduced shootings in the areas surrounding these renewed lots. Part of it was practical: The vacant lots had previously been hiding places for guns. But as Charles Branas, an epidemiologist at the University of Pennsylvania who released a study on the project late last year, says, “People just became more in touch with their neighbors. People felt more connected to each other.“”

emily schiffer urban farming

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