"SafeGrowth is about neighborhood activation to prevent crime. It shares case studies and principles from pioneers working successfully with neighborhoods to prevent crime before it happens. It is about neighborhood mobilization to stop urban violence and decay. It brings together lessons from practitioners trained in SafeGrowth who are at the cutting edge of building safer neighborhoods. It rightly stresses the importance to crime prevention of problem based learning, neighborhood activation, and local ecology. It provides case studies to illustrate how it has been done. It rejects the failing over-reliance of politicians on CCTV, CPTED and the flawed systems of criminal justice. Instead, it proposes a new logic for addressing crime and gives hope to reducing crime significantly and sustainably building on these pioneering reflections."
- Irvin Waller, Emeritus Professor
"As a professional working in both post-disaster New Orleans and New York City, I found SafeGrowth: Building Neighborhoods of Safety and Livability, a useful tool to the redevelopment of communities. Having gone to graduate school for urban planning, lived in, and worked in New Orleans shortly after Hurricane Katrina, Chapter 9, co-authored by Jason Tudor, resonated with me. I recall much of the events and work performed in Hollygrove, as well as the dedication of Mr. Tudor and the AARP team to work with the community in the aftermath of the Hurricane. From the innovative letter writing campaign discussed to the continued community organizing and stakeholder engagement within the community (including governing officials – City Council, the RPC, etc.), Hollygrove changed over time and was a true example of a community working together towards a goal to recover and to make the community safer by employing various techniques found in this chapter and book."
- AM Little
"SAFEGROWTH is great resource for community leaders, community based organizations and public agencies striving to address crime by focusing on the root causes of crime that affect many marginalized communities. This book provides several case studies exploring multidisciplinary collaborations in the implementation of neighborhood planning processes with a goal of building social cohesion, collective efficacy and improved public safety. Critical to its research findings is the importance of balanced strategies that address both social development and physical design."
"I found the concepts and case studies introduced in Safegrowth to be on the cutting edge of how residents in communities can work together to solve problems. I am not a city planner or policy maker, but I was able to easily understand the concept of resident driven change. As an engaged resident in my own neighborhood, I really appreciated Safegrowth’s emphasis on vibrant communities being one’s that support both the built and social environments. I recommend Safegrowth to anyone who is interested in learning more about how to support positive change in your neighborhood."
- Derek Haber
Our SafeGrowth book provides a comprehensive overview of philosophical, theoretical and practical concepts for building cohesive neighborhoods of safety and livability for 21st Century.
In Part 1 the book begins by introducing a new way of thinking about neighborhoods and crime problem solving.
Part 2 summarizes key themes that emerged during a Canmore SafeGrowth summit.
Part 3 features SafeGrowth and related ideas from three North American cities.
Part 4 deconstructs four tenets that build SafeGrowth theory and practice, and concludes with a vision for the future.
Read Chapter One