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Can Architecture Reduce Crime? Oakland and SF Housing Projects Get Rave Reviews

| October 11, 2012 | 0 Comments
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A mixed income complex in Oakland has 25% less crime than the grim housing project it replaces, and a building for formerly homeless people in San Francisco saves the city money on services, reports a New York Times architecture critic.


Even Bridget Galka, the project manager for Tassafaronga from the Oakland Housing Authority, had her doubts that tearing down the old project and putting up new architecture would make much difference. “This was a really tough neighborhood, and we’ve built other new developments where the bad guys just moved back in,” she told me one recent afternoon.

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