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Sunday Poll: Do Closed Streets Reduce Crime?

February 24, 2019 Featured, Sunday Poll No Comments
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Yesterday the Post-Dispatch had an article about researchers examining closing streets and crime.  From the abstract of the research paper:

Unlike most American cities, St. Louis, Missouri has a highly bisected street grid. Where intersections would typically be open to two-way traffic, in hundreds in cases in St. Louis they have been closed using concrete barriers or cul-de-sacs. These street closures are the outgrowth of a 1970s-era “defensible space” strategy to address rising crime rates. Oscar Newman, who is most closely associated with this paradigm, developed it while a faculty member in St. Louis. (Link)

Today’s poll seeks to get reader input on this topic.

This poll will close at 8pm tonight. Come back Wednesday for the non-scientific results and my thoughts.

– Steve Patterson



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Company unloading stuff at the convention center ⁦‪@explorestlouis‬⁩ had the 9th Street sidewalk blocked. The two girls were very rude. #stl ... See MoreSee Less

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Workers are removing part of the interior of the old Dorsa store front. One said they’re leaving the cool stuff at the back. #stl ... See MoreSee Less

9 hours ago  ·  

Where am I?

ANSWER: North 9th Street where it dead ends at the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial bridge.
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