A Community View: Upper Madison Avenue 94th to 125th Streets, 1993

The study examined street activity and the effect of storefronts versus blank walls and vacant lots. Sociological consultants designed a survey for local youth to interview their peers and adult neighbors to determine what they viewed as their priority problems in their area. We discovered that blank walls attracted graffiti and vacant lots were a site for undesirable behavior, while storefronts encouraged commerce and provided services. The survey also indicated that local youth and unmarried mothers needed effective services, job-training, and jobs.