Ecology of Crime

  1. What are the effects of a space that creates a fear of crime? Does the environment have to actually be unsafe in order for people to feel unsafe?
    How can one objectively evaluate a space when fear itself may have subjective sources?
    How do social pressures—lack of employment, lack of entertainment, lack of healthcare—contribute to the prevalence of crime?


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2.The author of this chapter suggests that the hallmarks of CPTED remain much the same after many years. Considering the change in urban demographics—return to the city for younger middle-class residents, urban renewal, etc.—can you think of any new scenarios CPTED might need to address in the future?

3)Responding to the questions below.

If the population as a whole changes how it gets from place to place—more and more subway users, the decline of the gas-powered car, etc.—how might that affect CPTED planning?
Why should CPTED planners care about the requirements for LEED certification?

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