St. Louis, MO (January 1, 2002)- Gateway Greening in St. Louis, through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Blanton Whitmire, studied the economic development successes of community gardening in St. Louis. Some of the positive effects included crime reduction both to property and people, increased property values and improvement of property, improvements in the overall appearance of the neighborhood, and increased feelings of safety.
The study examined the relationship between community gardens and their immediate neighborhood using census data from 1990 and 2000 regarding occupancy rates, owner occupancy rates and rents as a percentage of income. While Gateway Greening has over 100 gardens in its program, the number of gardens examined in this analysis was limited by the ability to reliably place the gardens using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software and to reliably gather Census data for the surrounding area.
Community Gardens Reduce Crime