By Michelle Nash Baker, Ottawa Community News, November 17, 2016
Studies show if you clean up a place, people respect it more.
It’s called the broken window theory.
According to Crime Prevention Ottawa, “If a window in a building is broken and left unrepaired, all the rest of the windows will soon be broken … one unrepaired window is a signal that no one cares.”
So fix the windows.
For almost 10 years, a group has worked tirelessly to clean up Vanier by attending meetings, reporting crimes in progress, reporting on property standards, gathering and planting flowers and picking up garbage.http://www.ottawacommunitynews.com/news-story/6972351-vanier-beautification-committee-loses-its-way/