Story at-a-glance 
   - In U.S. cities, about 15 percent of land sits vacant or abandoned; these 
spaces are associated with increased crime and stress to residents, especially 
in low-income neighborhoods
   - Researchers “greened” abandoned lots, cleaning up trash and debris, 
grading the land, planting grass and trees to create a park-like setting and 
installing a low wooden fence around the perimeter to signal that the lot was 
being cared for
   - Significant benefits were reported due to the greened lots, including a 
significant reduction in gun violence, burglaries and nuisances, with the 
latter two falling by 22 percent and 30 percent respectively
   - In neighborhoods below the poverty line, the transformed lots reduced 
overall crime by more than 13 percent and gun violence by nearly 30 percent
   - Residents also reported significant benefits, including feeling 58 percent 
less fearful of going outside due to safety concerns


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