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Study: More Green Space, Less Crime

The 12-page study was authored by a team of researchers that include L.R. Larson, an associate professor in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management at NC State University. “We found these results to be very compelling,” Larson says in an email he wrote to the INDY this week. “It’s pretty remarkable that, while controlling for many other factors that have been linked to crime in previous studies, urban greenspace displays such a strong and consistent inverse relationship with both violent and property crime risk in nearly 300 cities across the United States.”