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Making New York City Safer, Healthier, and Happier: The Evidence

At New York Restoration Project, we have long understood that our spaces have tremendous impacts on the communities that surround them. Removing disorder and demonstrating care sends a message to residents that their community is valued. But it does more than that. A growing body of evidence drawn from cities like Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Youngstown, Ohio demonstrate that improvements to green spaces have a significant impact on safety, mental health, perceptions of worthlessness, and longer-term health outcomes.

Below are various newspaper clippings, journal articles, and documents that support NYRP’s vision for a better future for all city residents.