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Vacant-lot remediation take a bite out of crime

TAKING A BLIGHT OUTTA CRIME: John MacDonald and Charles Branas demonstrate that neighborhood-led efforts to address blight in urban Philadelphia have reduced crime — without large investments from taxpayers. Similar studies show vacant-lot remediation has also been successful in Youngstown, Ohio and Flint, Michigan, without signs that crime just shifted to outlying areas.

Greg Brooks

Greg Brooks

Greg Brooks is the founder and president of the Better Cities Project. With more than 30 years of business and communications experience, he previously led public affairs for the Los Angeles-based Reason Foundation, public relations for the Phoenix-based Goldwater Institute, and national outreach efforts for several other groups.

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