Greening of neighborhoods reduces crime

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A study by Temple undergraduate Mary Wolfe set out to answer the question: Does vegetation encourage or suppress crime? After studying Landsat satellite images and comparing the images to Philadelphia Police crime statistics, Wolfe and Jeremy Mennis, associate professor of geography and urban studies at Temple, found that areas with abundant vegetation did suppress crime. The study was made possibly by a Temple University Creative Arts, Research and Scholarship (CARAS) grant.