Violence in cities

In today's cities violence is a normal aspect of its culture. The degree of violence varies from city to city, but one will always find some form of it. Some issues include: gun violence, destruction, robberies, and killings. There are numerous preventive forces that attempt to balance the peace within cities, like the police, security cameras, and laws. But in the end violence will always be relevant no matter what. This exhibit portrays several different forms in which violence is displayed and how the certain designs of cities can contribute to it. Each selection of art in the exhibit either symbolizes or depicts an image of a specific characteristic that contributes to violence in cities. 

In The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs describes how border vacuums, like Central Park, can cause destructive neighbors. (Jacobs 265)
Death is a common reoccurrence seen in Dashiell Hammet's Red Harvest. Exemplified by the town being called "Poisonville", death is a normal pattern. (p.3)
The number of robberies and the severity of a repression are directly proportional in a city environment. In Red Harvest, the violence accumulated as power hungry individuals, like Reno, took items such as a car in order to gain an advantage in desperate times. (Hammett 138)
Police play an important role in sidewalk safety within a city, but so do restaurants, bars, and stores. Violence may be at higher rate in city locations without those additional aids in sidewalk safety. (Jacobs 36)
The destruction of valuable landmarks is a common method of demonstration when attempting to prove a point in today's cities. In Red Harvest, Reno blows up the red brick building in order to send a threat to another powerful party. (Hammett 196)
According to Jane Jacobs universities that use gates to form boundaries are another example of border vacuums in cities that can lead to violence by destructive neighbors. (p.267)
The violence that transpired to death in Red Harvest varied, but most commonly it was a result of gun shots. Don Willsson was the first victim of gun fire when the Continental Op arrived. (Hammett 6)
Jacobs makes an important point when describing the restoration process with money in relation to decreasing violence in cities when she states, "The forms in which money is used must be converted to instruments of regeneration- from instruments buying violent cataclysms to instruments buying continual, gradual, complex, and gentler change." (Jacobs 317)
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