Eugenia Garvin, Philadelphia Inquirer, Greened Lots

Eugenia Garvin, Philadelphia Inquirer, Greened Lots

A study of the social impact of "greening" vacant lots in inner-city neighborhoods led by LDI Senior Fellow Eugenia C. Garvin is the subject of a Philadelphia Inquirer feature story. "Our theory is that transforming vacant lots from a space overgrown with vegetation and filled with trash to a clean and green space may make it difficult for people to hide illegal guns and conduct other illegal activities such as drug use in or near the space. Additionally, green space may encourage community cohesion," said Garvin, MD, MA, a resident in Penn's Department of Emergency Medicine. The new work, co-authored with LDI Senior Fellows Carolyn Cannuscio and Charles Branas, was published in Injury Prevention.