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Building paranoia

2012-02-27 16:47:45.28206+00 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

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#Comment Re: made: 2012-02-27 23:49:17.262246+00 by: meuon

Nice short article about it. I see a lot of it evolving in downtown Chattanooga Partially to keep the homeless from nesting, partially to discourage skaters. Rollup store windows, bars on doors. Etc.. I see much more in others places. Buildings without windows or doors on ground level at all.

#Comment Re: made: 2012-02-28 00:11:05.262385+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yeah, I have this theory that when we cede public spaces to the vandals, with obvious obstructions like this, we set up a positive feedback loop. No data to support that theory, but...

#Comment Re: made: 2012-02-28 01:05:31.463681+00 by: meuon

Agreed. I had good luck with 'soft" deterents like sitting in front of the building chatting with the crack ho's, pointing out the cameras on the building, with a .45 on my hip and a 12 gauge in my hands. Main street is now yuppie central and I like to think I planted one of the seeds there.

Now if I can just make it from my nice offices to my car without getting panhandled.. Geepers, Chattanooga is over-run with panhanders.

#Comment Re: made: 2012-02-28 15:16:59.885721+00 by: petronius

Well, I live near Rogers Park in Chicago, and I hadn't noticed these changes, but they are obviously there. The area is a bit hinkey, so I can see the owners ideas. The interesting thing is that is a heavily Hispanic area, which usually means that every shop is open and operating, unlike the black areas where the only viable establishments are tiny churches. I also notice that park benches in the city have an armrest in the middle, so you can't lay down and sleep on the bench.