‘Eyes on the street’. Coined by the legendary urban sociologist, Jane Jacobs in her landmark book, Death and Life of Great American Cities, these are probably four of the most fundamental words when it comes to public safety.
The term is used by neighborhood watch programs across the country and familiar to law enforcement officials as well. In Jane’s words:
“There must be eyes on the street, eyes belonging to those we might call the natural proprietors of the street. The buildings on a street equipped to handle strangers and to insure the safety of both residents and strangers, must be oriented to the street. They cannot turn their backs or blank sides on it and leave it blind. The sidewalk must have users on it fairly continuously, both to add to the number of effective eyes on the street and to induce a sufficient number of people in buildings along the street to watch the sidewalks.“
What are "eyes" on the street? How do you think they affect personal safety and a sense of community?
What kind of streets have more eyes on them? Which kind of streets have less?
What are some of the "eyes" on the street where you live? Do you have enough?
What role does Jacobs see for sidewalks?
/Which of her ideas do you agree with? Which do you think are totally silly?