In a comprehensive report, the Chicago Sun Times focuses on an increasingly popular approach to decreasing violence, often referred to as “greening”.

“The city is spending millions to beautify the public spaces where shootings are most likely to occur. It’s a strategy research has found can help fight crime as well as neighborhood blight.”

Among the topics discussed;

  • Chicago’s $7.4mm allocation to workforce-development programs that put high-risk individuals to work greening areas in neighborhoods with high rates of shootings
  • The impact of blight on crime rates
  • “Grounds for Peace” a $250,000 pilot program that aims to convert 50 vacant lots into gardens

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