Vanier Beautification Committee loses its way

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.

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