Partnerships for Building Crime-Resistant Communities

Los Angeles (February 8, 2007)- Public safety is a critical factor in smart growth planning, given that crime and fear have such a pronounced impact on property values, the ability of children to walk to school, the success of businesses, prospects for new investment and the overall health of residents. Likewise, planners and community developers can greatly influence crime patterns as they shape the physical environment and the landscape of economic and social opportunities in a given place.

Explore how law enforcement and planners/developers can integrate their strategies to transform troubled neighborhoods and prevent crime in the long run. Leaders in the Community Safety Initiative (CSI), a national program of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, will discuss how and why such police-developer alliances have worked; describe ways to overcome common barriers to collaboration, such as distrust, resource limitations and institutional differences; and share examples of police-developer collaboration around land-use and infrastructure decision-making, architectural design, and community programming that have helped to create safe and healthy neighborhoods across the country.
Learn more from:
* Moderator: Julia Ryan, Program Director, Community Safety Initiative, Local Initiatives Support Corporation
* Theresa Carr, Executive Director, American Indian Neighborhood Development Corporation
* Sharon Lubinski, Deputy Chief, Minneapolis Police Department
About Smart Growth
Ten years ago, smart growth was a burgeoning concept- one that had gained footing in a few progressive places throughout the country. These days, smart growth plays an important role in communities across the nation. Smart Growth is about quality of life and the ability for all people to have access to decent livable communities. For some, this is inherent in their daily lives. For many others, especially those in the middle and lower classes, choices and options for safe and healthy living are few.
Whether the problem is the jobs/housing imbalance, increasing vehicle miles traveled, competition for localized tax base, open space preservation, or air and water quality, the importance of a regional model for smart growth planning is critical. Local governments and their neighbors need to find common ground through understanding the benefits of land use polices directed at making the regional healthier, this will in turn create more livable communities in localized neighborhoods.
About the 6th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth: Building Safe, Healthy and Livable Communities (February 8-10, 2007)
The 2007 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Los Angeles, California, hosted record attendance of over 1,500 people from across the country for three full days of presentations, discussions, and information sharing. The conference was produced by the Local Government Commission (LGC). Audio CDs of the conference are also available. Nearly all of the conference sessions, plenaries, breakouts and workshops were audio recorded.
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