Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Community Building Tip: Neon

For my current set of tips, I'm using the list "101 Small Ways You Can Improve Your City."

12. Fight crime with neon. Especially in a city strapped for cash, streetlights are low on the priority list as they’re expensive to install, maintain, and keep powered. But they’ve also been proven to deter crime. Two Philadelphia artists took it upon themselves to brighten a dangerous South Philly block with a "neon mural." The illuminated work of art has become a social-media destination after dark, putting eyes on the street at a time when the neighborhood needs it most.

See also last week's suggestion of chandeliers: if your area is dangerous due to low lighting, you and your neighbors can collaborate to light it yourselves.  You shouldn't have to, but sometimes the government is just fuckall use.  Another option is to hold evening events that move people around, especially in groups, making the area less attractive to hoodlums.  Eyes on the street, not draconian force, reduce crime.
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