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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