More Crime or More Eyes?

Owners of a Peruvian restaurant in a high-crime area of New Haven were denied permission to build a porch for outdoor seating at a zoning hearing last week. Local cops claimed that a porch would further aggravate crime. SeeClickFixers, however, are suggesting that more eyes on the street could be better for that corner.

Local developer De Frutos points at the corner in question, overgrown and underused. Photo courtesy of the NH Independent

What do you think? How have similar issues played out in other cities? Will building a porch help take back the street, provide a high-concentration of potential crime victims, or none of the above?

Check out the New Haven Independent article that brought the issue to light and the corresponding SeeClickFix thread. It will be interesting to see how this issue unfolds.