CHOP research shows fixing urban blight may reduce youth homicide, violence

DRUGS create thugs. GUNS kill sons. LOVE makes love. The choice is yours. by ESPO. West Philly, Philadelphia, PA. Photo by venusinorbit.

DRUGS create thugs. GUNS kill sons. LOVE makes love. The choice is yours. by ESPO. West Philly, Philadelphia, PA. Photo by venusinorbit.

Philly Voice, March 7, 2016 by Elisa Lala

A newly published study by the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, found environmental commonalities in cases of street shootings that result in death - vacant lots and insufficient lighting nearby.

The team looked at Philadelphia residents ages 13 to 20 who were killed between 2010 and 2012 and found that the odds that a young person being a victim of a homicide were significantly higher in locations near vacant lots, homes with security bars on windows and streets lacking lighting.

This suggests that conducting a simple and inexpensive revitalization efforts in blighted urban areas, including targeted areas in Philadelphia, could reduce the rate of homicides, particularly those involving young people.

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