A study published in The American Journal of Public Health illustrates an impact of blight that most would not consider. The study published in December of 2016 shows the direct correlation between blight and gun violence in urban neighborhoods.

Gun violence decreased by 39% in areas where abandoned properties were remediated. The research concluded that the abandoned buildings and vacant lots may shelter illegal activity and illegal firearms and that reforming the properties may significantly and sustainably reduce gun violence.

 

 

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