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    Cyburbian Wildono's avatar
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    People also make places

    Quote Originally posted by Luca View post
    I think it’s pretty well-established that, although particularly poor urban design can exacerbate the effects of criminality and, especially, widespread low civil consciousness/vandalism, certainly it’s not something that is caused by or can be eliminated or even greatly improved by architects/planners. Architectural determinism is a fond dream, no more. I’ve PERSONALLY seen areas that were absolutely nasty turn around in a couple of years as they’ gentrified’. It ain’t the buildings/street patterns; it’s the people.
    I fully agree with Luca. Berlin's eastern districts - most built with huge projects to the drab standards of the DDR (or GDR for deutsche-philes) - have no more crime than anywhere else in that city. What they have been doing, almost immediately after the Berlin Wall fell is to add color with paint and dense landscaping. I have quite a few pictures of the Kaulsdorf District - contact me if you'd like to see a few - I don't have a website.

    The older parts of the Berlin city center are more decayed with plenty of graffiti on walls and rolling window covers, but even these areas seemed totally safe around the clock. In my own western Washington neighborhood, graffiti is an invitation to further (gang-related) property damage and physical violence. It's the people.
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    Has anybody thought to put Katrina Cottages as infill development and use it as public housing? I realize this won't work in places that are incredibly dense like New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, etc, but in most cities it would work pretty well. Houston has undertaken a project along similar lines, and while I don't have any links to send anyone to, it'd be worth looking up.

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    This is a good link for Katrina Cottages:

    http://www.katrinacottages.com/index.html

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