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Monday, April 18, 2011

Beauty in the built environment

From Keep America Beautiful

America's cities and towns are being transformed by visionary community leaders who recognize the value of beautification to attract residents, draw tourism, sustain economies, and repel the elements of blight and decay.

Incorporating visual beauty into public spaces has proven to be an effective method for raising property values, reducing crime, enhancing the local economy, and improving public health. KAB affiliates incorporate a variety of practices that create and enhance their communities, including:

Graffiti prevention and removal
Creating community gardens
Tree planting and urban forestry initiatives
Building parks and greenspaces
Litter and illegal dump cleanups
Enhancing public spaces

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