San Bernardino the Ghetto

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San Bernardino,
Denise Morales
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Oct 25, 2012

The video was shot in San Bernardino, Ca off Waterman and Baseline. I heard of this area through Facebook, when I posted a status of my project and the type of area I was looking for, several of my friends commented and agreed that what I’m looking for can be found in San Bernardino. So I got an idea of exactly where in SB they were talking about, and the next day my sister and I took a drive out there. Once I got there, right away I noticed both theory’s I was looking for. I noticed the broken window theory and defensible space theory. The broken window theory was noticeable once I seen how the homes were deteriorating, trash all over the place, in empty lots, on curbs, gutters, sidewalks. Tons of abandoned houses all boarded up. Numerous liquor store establishments with gatherings of people all over the streets. Graffiti throughout the whole neighborhood on buildings, stores, trash cans, curbs and walls. Defensible space theory was recognizable when we seen homes, stores, and other businesses with bars on their windows and doors. A few homes had both bars and gates.

Seeing the physical environment along with the type of people in the area roaming around, I knew the crime rates were gonna be high. I found that in 2010 alone their was 10,987 total crime incidents in San Bernardino. 8,967 of these were property crimes.

If it were up to me to improve this area, I would instill street barriers on some through streets, to create smaller communities and make it harder for would be offenders to get in and out. I would incorporate more street lighting and lighted pathways. I would get rid of a few of the liquor stores, having that many is such a close proximity to each other is only influencing more bad behavior. Reinforce building codes, incorporate community policing, and have a neighborhood graffiti and street trash clean up program along with neighborhood watch.
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