People Behaving Badly: Broken Window Theory


SAN JOSE (KRON) — Two donations bins are supposed to be for clothes and shoes.

It is located directly across from a senior apartment complex in San Jose near City College  And while the bins are in this segment, this story is not about the bins. We already know they attract garbage

One of the quickest was to create blight and lower property values is to allow illegal dumping to take over a neighborhood. And most large cities are not immune to this problem.

Over near Douglas Street and Willard Avenue in San Jose, the beginning of a huge problem that can be prevented is happening. All it takes is just a little bit of civic pride

Civic pride means not permitting people to leave their household goods on the street because once you open the door, more people feel the same way and dump their stuff. And if enough stuff gets dumped, it looks terrible and it attracts crime and violence. It’s called the Broken Window Theory.

If a window is broken and left unrepaired, people walking by will conclude that no one cares and no one is in charge. This theory says that the little things matter.

Even placing a free sign on something does not mean you are absolved from being part of the problem.

If you see the Broken Window Theory playing out in your neighborhood, the city of San Jose advises you take these steps.

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