A strong sense of community results in an active neighborhood, which is an essential element of keeping our city safe.
Taking responsibility and caring for an urban environment makes it safer. A sense of ownership makes people more likely to look out for each other. We can extend our sense of ownership beyond our front yards.
"Neighboring" takes place on residential streets and alleys. These streets and alleys determine where a community feels safe.
Alleys are often attractive play areas for children. They can be made safer by discouraging through-traffic, and by concerned neighbors keeping their eyes open for unusual behavior.
Programs like Macalester-Groveland Community Council's alley garden contests help create ownership of the alley.
Near visible areas of parks, people in buildings, on the street, and in passing cars can make parks safer by paying attention to park activity.
Spaces that can be viewed from the outside are safer. Observation from neighbors and police can reduce illegal activities and conflicts.
Children's play areas should be located where houses, pedestrians, and car traffic can observe.
Using your lights on porches and entrances makes the sidewalk easier to see.