Research Report Creative Placemaking and Community Safety: Synthesizing Cross-Cutting Themes
Mark Treskon, Sino Esthappan, Cameron Okeke, Carla Vasquez-Noriega
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Key takeaway: How creative placemaking can make communities safer for everybody

Abstract: This report synthesizes findings from four cases where stakeholders are using creative placemaking to improve community safety. It presents cross-cutting themes from these case studies to show how creative placemaking techniques can be used from the conception and design stage through construction and programming, and how they can build community safety by promoting empathy and understanding, influencing law and policy, providing career opportunities, supporting well-being, and advancing the quality of place. It also discusses implementation challenges, and presents evaluative techniques of particular relevance for stakeholders working to understand the effects of these programs.

Research Areas Crime, justice, and safety Education Nonprofits and philanthropy Neighborhoods, cities, and metros Children and youth Race and equity
Tags Employment Corrections Racial and ethnic disparities Arts and culture Economic well-being Delinquency and crime Policing and community safety Neighborhoods and youth development Racial and ethnic disparities in criminal justice Racial equity in education Racial inequities in employment Racial inequities in neighborhoods and community development Creative placemaking
Policy Centers Justice Policy Center Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center