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Maxim Noah Khailo’s Whimsical Web Works: Poverty, Crime, and the space you live.


Maxim Noah Khailo's Whimsical Web Works: Poverty, Crime, and the space you live.

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“We often assume socio-demographic reasons for crime in an area such as race, income, and education. With the emergence of GIS technology, studies have been done to investigate whether connectivity of neighborhoods affects income and crime. There have been studies that showed a strong correlation and ones that showed a negative ones.

“The architect Christopher Alexander and his theory of centers created a different model of understanding well being in the context of the physical space around you. His idea is that physical space (the actual space of objects and where objects do not exist) has a degree of life to it that can be increased by proper incremental enhancement of centers. Centers specifically are anything that attract the eye. In his book series “The Nature of Order”, Alexander explains several practical ways of increasing the life of centers and therefore increasing the life of a specific location. How this affects our mood and consciousness can be scientifically tested and maybe eventually pave a way to construct objects, neighborhoods, and cities that is beneficial for everyone.”

Thinking of this sort is what I devoutly hope will sprout up on the Web. Our politics is meaningless and counterproductive if it does not think about issues like space, its function and shape, aesthetics, the relationship of wellbeing to more than one’s personal problems. I have quoted perhaps too much, but I do like the thought and I add this in hopes of encouraging more of the same.

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