Presented by Prevention Institute
Sponsored by The Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation
Thursday, April 21, 2016; 1 - 2:30 p.m. PST
Decisions about how land is used, by whom, and for what purposes hold immense potential to prevent violence before it occurs. A growing evidence base, grounded in research and community practice, describes the factors that affect the likelihood of violence. Yet, despite the connections between land use and community safety, land use decisions are rarely made with violence prevention in mind. Sound urban planning and good design promote safety, health and quality of life for all residents. The planning sector designs the physical environment of the city and its structures so that all spaces are used as intended and for the maximum benefit of the public. It considers patterns of land use, such as where to build housing, create parks and open space, and which types of businesses operate on which blocks, for example.
This web conference will explore the nexus of land use and community safety and offer strategies to engage planning, transportation and related sectors in comprehensive, multi-sector violence prevention efforts. This session will offer recommendations for creating safer communities through a deeper understanding of the intersection of place and safety. This web conference, sponsored by the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation, will draw on Prevention Institute's report Community Safety by Design: Preventing Violence through Land Use, developed with support from The California Endowment.
- Understand how land use decisions affect the likelihood of violence
- Understand the role of planning and related sectors in promoting community safety
- Explore strategies to engage planning and related sectors in preventing violence and enhancing community safety